By Didi E.
Hey fine folks of the Rainbow Hub, how is your summer going? Good? Eh? Want to spice things up this summer? Well check out these new queer artists who are taking the rap scene by storm. Their raps are unique, diverse, catchy, and all round awesome. Be sure to also support their music by spreading the word, fanning them on Facebook or Twitter, and going to their live shows. (Warning: I overuse the word “dope” in this article, pardon me.) Alright, now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the list of queer rappers you should get into in no particular order.
1. Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks is a fun and energetic bisexual rapper from Harlem, New York. She raps on anything from house, to hip hop to indie music, and her lines are unique and genius. Although most of her media exposure has been laced with manufactured controversies, she is a very talented artist who takes her work and fan base very seriously. She is not afraid to stand up for herself or speak her mind, and neither is she afraid to try different types of music, and different types of styles. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. And also check out this dope interview of hers. (Editor Note: While Azealia Banks is talented and making waves in the music industry, we do not condone her comments that contain homophobia or transphobia. Furthermore, we add our voice to the growing crowd asking for Banks to use her influence in a more positive direction for EVERYONE in the LGBTQ+ community.)
LISTEN: Azealia Banks “Fierce”
WATCH: Azealia Banks “Van Vogue”
LE1F is a raunchy, not-giving-a fuck rapper from New York. He loves experimenting with house and techno music but he isn’t afraid to try some dark hop like his friend Zebra Katz. After his hit song “Wut” Le1f became more visible in the music industry and has since gone on numerous tours and done numerous interviews about his identity as a gay rapper as well as the kind of music he makes. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. And also check out this dope interview of his.
LISTEN: LE1F “&Gomorrah”
WATCH: LE1F “Spa Day”
3. Angel Haze
Angel Haze is a tomboyish pansexual rapper from Detroit Michigan. She is a rape survivor who is using her platform as a rapper to discuss her experiences as a survivor, as well as her experiences as a pansexual woman of color. She also gives numerous interviews about these issues. She is lyrically versatile and her flow is smooth. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. And also check out this dope freestyle of hers.
LISTEN: Angel Haze “No Bueno”
WATCH: Angel Haze “Werkin Girls”
4. Cakes Da Killa
Cakes Da Killa is hella dope. He is a gay rapper from New York who incorporates a lot of ball culture into his raps and videos. He is not afraid to show his queer sides and challenge the norm on what rap is supposed to be. He is inspired by Lil Kim and other older generation female rappers, and mostly raps about Gay Male sex, which is exciting because it’s something new and refreshing to the rap scene.
LISTEN: Cakes Da Killa “Snow Bunnies”
RoxXxan is a bisexual UK rapper who spits like a rap goddess. She is a lyrical genius (just like everyone on this list to be honest), who always incorporates her love for women into her rap jams. Since she came into the scene she’s been touring non stop, doing collabs with her fellow UK rappers, and dropping club bangers after club bangers, after club bangers. Although she has not reached semi-mainstream fame or popularity like her American queer rapper counterparts, she is still devoted to her music. She is planning on releasing her debut album soon so be sure to check her out. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. And also check out this dope freestyle of hers.
LISTEN: RoxXxan “Too Fucking Facety”
WATCH: RoxXxan “Power”
6. Mykki Blanco
Mykki is a gender fluid gay rapper who loves being raunchy on and off songs. He lives in New York but was born in California. He is good friends with other New York Gay Rappers LE1F, Cakes Da Killa and Zebra Katz. Apart from being friends with LE1F and Cakes Da Killa, other similarities he has with them is that his raps also incorporate New York Gay Ball Culture. He is not afraid to keep it real, and although he is Queer he prefers that his Queer identity is not all people see when they listen to him. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. Although, he did say over his twitter that he won’t be on the internet as much. Check out this dope interview of his.
LISTEN: Mykki Blanco “Betty Rubble”
7. Sasha Go Hard
Do you know how to twerk? Do you want music to twerk to? Then you need to be listening to Sasha Go Hard. Sasha Go Hard is a Chicago-born Queer Rapper. She, just like her fellow queer rappers, is not afraid to experiment with different beats, so you are most likely to hear her rap on techno and dubstep beats as well as dirty south hip hop beats. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. Check out this dope interview of hers.
Update: Sasha Go Hard has not publicly stated what her sexual orientation is. I assumed she was bisexual because of her androgynous clothing and friendship with Le1f who is a gay rapper. After many queries by the public on Sasha Go Hard’s sexuality, I’ve realized that it was a poor judgment on my part to assume her sexuality based on the above, and I apologize. I’m going to leave her on the list for exposure because lord knows, female rappers need all the exposure they can get.
WATCH: Sasha Go Hard “Rondo”
LISTEN: Sasha Go Hard “Bringing Heats”
8. Zebra Katz
Zebra Katz is a queer rapper from Brooklyn, New York who is very into the dark side. He raps of slow techno/dubsteb-y beats that have a mix of hip hop to it. He is very into Ball Culture like his fellow queer rapper mates and his single “Imma Read” that rose him to semi-stardom was inspired by a big part of New York Gay Ball Culture know “Reading”. He and his best friend Njena Reddd Foxx (who you should also check out) toured with Azealia Banks last year for her fantasea tour and since then he and Njena have been busy making new music and doing small live shows at various venues. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. Also check out this really dope interview of his.
WATCH: Zebra Katz “Pulla Stunt”
LISTEN: Zebra Katz “Y I DO”
9. Amplify Dot
Amplify Dot is an androgynous queer rapper from the UK who spits like fire. She is very talented and definitely goes H.A.M on all of her songs. She, just like her friend and fellow queer UK rapper Roxxan, is yet to rise to semi “famedom” but she is getting there and in the meantime she’s just having fun with the music, experimenting, and doing great shows. Check out this dope interview of hers.
WATCH: Amplify Dot “Kurt Cobain”
LISTEN: Amplify Dot “I’m Good”
10. JLeslieMonique (Jovan)
JleslieMonique is a bisexual rapper who raps over mellow hip hop beats and produces some beats herself, as well as makes cool photography. She is new to the scene so not many people know about her, but she is very talented and unique. You can check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.
LISTEN: JLeslieMonique “Creep”
Apart from the rappers mentioned above, some great queer musicians of color you should check out as well are: Syd the Kyd (The Internet) and B.Steady (shoutout to my lady for getting me to listen to her).
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this article, share it with your friends and fam so they can check out these super cool artists who are trying to make it big. If you’re already into women rappers and queer rappers, check out my blog for more infor here, and if you think I’m an awesome writer, (even though I overuse the word dope) check out my other articles for the Rainbow Hub here, here, and here. Have a thrill summer and stay fresh queer (and non-queer) readers!
Didi E. is a queer college student from Texas. She is interested in Music, Art, Photography, Social issues and Health Care.