Four on the Floor: Ladies of Hip-Hop at SXSW 2016

Written by Amy Fennie | Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016

In a genre overrun by men, these ladies are making waves in hip-hop. Check out their music and add them to your schedule below.

Young M.A (Brooklyn, New York)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Young M.A. Photo by Guy Blelloch. Want to be the “hip” person who discovers the next big artist before all of your friends? Make sure Young M.A’s SXSW set is on your schedule. Her “Brooklyn Chiraq Freestyle” video has over three million views on YouTube, and for good reason. Her flow and rhymes are tight and her fearlessness in a male-dominated genre is downright impressive. Preview a track from her latest EP, SleepWalkin, above.
RIYL: Migos, Pusha T

Kat Dahlia (Miami, Florida)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Kat Dahlia. Photo courtesy of the artist. Kat Dahlia left her home in Miami when she was just 18 years old to pursue her dreams in New York. With a Cuban backbone, her music fuses Latin, hip-hop, pop and reggae. Dahlia is famous for her strong work ethic. Earning money as a waitress, Dahlia self-funded her first EP, music video and studio sessions. Her diligence paid off, earning her a deal with Epic Records on their Vesture in Culture label. Check out a remix of her song “Gangsta,” off her latest album The Garden, above.
RIYL: Tori Kelly, Dessa

Suboi (Saigon, Vietnam)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Suboi. Photo courtesy of the artist. When you look up badass or renegade in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Suboi staring back at you. Breaking records left and right, Suboi is Vietnam’s first successful female rapper and became the first Vietnamese artist ever to have an official showcase at SXSW in 2015. She’s been featured in Forbes Vietnam’s “30 Under 30” list, has over a million fans on Facebook, and runs her own label, Suboi Entertainment.
RIYL: Angel Haze, Aristophanes

Silvana Imam (Stockholm, Sweden)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Silvana Imam. Photo courtesy of the artist. When Silvan Imam was 12 years old, she heard rap for the first time via Xzibit’s At The Speed of Life. Fast forward 17 years and Imam is one of the biggest rappers in Sweden. For the past two years she has been nominated for Artist of the Year, Hip-Hop/Soul of the Year, and Lyricist of the Year at the Grammis, a Swedish awards show equivalent to the Grammys in the U.S. Her music is socially conscious and supports feminism, although Imam doesn’t see herself as a political artist. Her latest EP, Jag Dör För Dig, is hard-hitting and raw, and places emphasis on her passion for art. One critic called her show “the wildest and most punk rap show [he’s] ever seen” so make sure Imam is on your schedule!
RIYL: DeJ Loaf, Schoolboy Q

Register to attend the 30th annual SXSW Music Festival, March 15-20, 2016 in Austin. And keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
Young M.A photo by Guy Blelloch
Kat Dahlia photo courtesy of the artist
Suboi photo courtesy of the artist
Silvana Imam photo courtesy of the artist