Women have been taking over the rap game for years, and they have some major things to say in quotes that stand out and make you think when it comes to the music industry, female empowerment, and so many other aspects of life. Being a woman in a male-dominated industry will always be a challenge that we make it through day after day despite some of the craziness that we have to face.
As a female artist who sings and raps from time to time, these artists and their words inspire me, make me laugh, and teach me valuable lessons about what I will face once I reach my music goals. Even if I don't make it big in the music industry, much of what they have to say can relate to the struggles that women, especially black women, face in their everyday lives.
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"Confidence literally starts from yourself. You have to go look in the mirror at yourself. If you don’t like what you see, you’re going to give off that energy." - Megan Thee Stallion
"Just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper." - Nicki Minaj
"If you want it, and the more you keep hearing you can't have it, you just go and get it." - Cardi B.
"Give your growth time ― it took me 10 years and I’m still not 100% there." - Lizzo
"I love reinventing my music and myself as well, and that's something my fans love about me.” - Lil' Kim
"I don't want to hear what's hot and feel I have to copy it. I'll just make up my own thing." - Missy Elliot
"Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself." - Lizzo
"My music is me letting the world know how confident I am in myself, and me basically telling other women, and guys, how confident and how comfortable I believe they should be." - Megan Thee Stallion
"I respect everybody, but at the same time, I carry myself with an aura that demands respect, too." - Lil' Kim
"I don't know anybody that's not emotionally unstable or schizophrenic." - Lauryn Hill
"To me, hip hop will never be right until female rappers have a stronger voice in it." - Queen Latifah
"I always say, 'Hip-hop takes me everywhere.' It's crazy when I step on stage, and people might not speak much English, but they know every word to your songs. It's kind of freaky, but it's really cool." - Eve
"When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot . . . and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing." - Nicki Minaj
"People will love you and support you when it’s beneficial." - Nicki Minaj
"I’m not a girl who started getting into music and using my femininity to get attention. When I was getting into it, it was all pure skill." - Lizzo
"When you are creating to the magnitude that I try to create, your brain is like a computer, and you need to "refresh." - Missy Elliott
"I grew up listening and looking up at these people and laughing at Carol Burnett and singing James Taylor songs. And same with Smokey Robinson. So they were such a huge influence as a child that to actually sit alongside them and perform on the same bill was an amazing experience for me." - MC Lyte
"Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!" - Lauryn Hill
"I believe there are talented female rappers out there that aren't one-dimensional. It's OK to be one-dimensional, by the way." - Doja Cat
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"I have a passion for music, I love music. But I also have a passion for money and paying my bills." - Cardi B.
"I have a song called 'Waffles Are Better Than Pancakes.' If I can't be goofy, I'll go insane." - Doja Cat
"Guys pit female rappers against each other because female rappers - if you haven't noticed of late - are a lot more interesting than guys." - Angel Haze
"I’m gonna be on a budget until the day I die." - Cardi B.
"I have over a hundred wigs, I like to change them damn near every hour." - Megan Thee Stallion
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