Let’s Hear it for the Ladies: Female Rappers Bring Heat to Canada’s Mixtape Scene

Let’s Hear it for the Ladies: Female Rappers Bring Heat to Canada’s Mixtape Scene

Hip-hop has surged for years on end, but it needs a rejuvenation every so often to keep things fresh. Enter the bold clique of female rappers currently keeping it hot around the world. Canada is certainly no exception, especially in the growing hip-hop mecca that is Toronto. When you have local-guys-turned-international-celebrities Drake and Daniel Negreanu lighting up The 6 with VIP parties in the club, you better believe there are some roof-raising anthems to be heard on the scene.

But today, the country is producing male and female rappers that are taking the industry by storm. And there’s no doubt that the women can spit fire just as well as the dudes. It’s an exciting time to follow the hip-hop game in Canada with the emergence of female hip-hop stars, the accessibility mixtapes and the internet giving way to anyone looking to drop their mic magic on the masses.

If you are a diehard fan of hip-hop in the Great White North, you will be pleased by this rundown of female rappers from Toronto and Canada as a whole. You will also be interested in listening to their talent-filled mixtapes after getting a sneak peek into who these women are and the goodness they deliver on virtual wax.

First up, we have Sochitta Sal, better known by her stage name Honey Cocaine. Born in Toronto, Honey Cocaine is a songwriter, recording artist and rapper. If you don’t know her, you better creep out of the rock you’re hiding under. She has released some of her best tracks since 2013, during which time she has worked alongside artists such as Tyga, Kid Ink, Kirko Bangz and Dizzy Wright. Her most recent release features ace rapper and frequent collaborator Tyga. You can holla at Honey on Twitter: @QueenHoneyC.

Hip-hop requires attitude and passion to succeed. If you are all about that kind of grind, then the rap duo NeverLandGang is sure to deliver exactly what you love. The duo’s raps are based on their experiences as women with firsthand knowledge of life in the streets. Often combining raw, explicit lyrics with a healthy dose of realism, the mixtape madness of NeverLandGang is best heard on songs like “Panic” and “Eastside”.

Keysha Freshh built an impressive music CV over the years after making her first song long before most even pick up a mic. She has also worked with prominent hip-hop moguls such as Doug E. Fresh, Darryl Riley and Ray Robinson during her career. Keysha’s defining moment to date is “Burnhams Law” from her mixtape Vanity. You can find Keysha on Twitter: @freekeysha.

pHoenix Pagliacci has some of the sweetest vocals going on in the game, but don’t let that fool you. She rides and rhymes with the best. pHoenix’s collaboration with Jean Grae, “Hurtin”, took the industry by storm, showing that a lethal combination occurs when two divas mix it up. Effortlessly fusing R&B with hip-hop on her Books, Bucks and Beats Vol. 2 mixtape, pHoenix also maintains an active social media presence on Twitter: @itsmepagliacci.