The Ghanaian music industry has seen a wide crop of female rappers who for one reason or the other have been unable to rise into the limelight.
The scarcity of female rappers in the Ghanaian music scene can be attributed to the cultural stereotype that tags the “Rap Genre” as masculine.
It can clearly be said that this stereotype allows the male rappers to strive in the rap scene as it was initially started and dominated by them.
Considering the fact that Ghanaian music is generally dominated by the hiplife and highlife, therefore, the rap genre itself is struggling to find its place in the industry.
There is a general perception amongst the youth in Ghana that female rappers face unfair treatment from many of the rap genre moguls.
This perceived unfair treatment has perhaps pushed most talented female rappers like Feli Nuna and Tiffany to switch to other genres like Highlife, Hiplife, RnB amongst others because they don’t get enough attention to grow their craft.
Until the year 2014 when music producer, Mix Master Garzy put out an all-female Gh Cypher which featured eight known female rappers in the country in the likes of Abena, Esbee, Porsche, Eyirap, X Cot, Mila, Scratch, and Eno, there was no music record this number of female emcees.
In an interview with Kumasi based female rapper, Eno, who also featured on the mixtape, she expressed her delight at what she said was the “birth of great female rappers.”
She said that they had been overshadowed for long and this was their time to shine and getting the opportunity to be featured on the song was just the right platform.
According to the artiste, “Singers, in general, have more opportunity than rappers”, but “You guys, (DJs) can sit here and play melodies throughout, not even thinking of playing hip-hop”.
“A female doing rap, someone might be a good rapper but because they don’t get the kind of attention they want, they intend to switch to singing”, she complained.
Allegedly most mainstream Ghanaian rappers do not support their colleague rappers, especially with the female rappers.
Until recently the artist of the decade, Michael Owusu Addo popularly known on stage as Sarkodie featured most underdog rappers in the likes of Kofi Mole, Frequency, Toi Boy, Amerado,2Fyngerz, Tulenkey, CJ Biggerman, Lyrical Joe, Yeyo, O’Bkay on one of his hit song this year titled “BiiBiBa with the aim of giving them opportunity to make names for themselves. This gesture is usually not done with the female rappers.
It is worthwhile if Ghanaian top artist can feature the underdog female rappers in their songs to help these rappers also find themselves in the limelight. Radio stations can also contribute by not playing hit songs all the time but instead play more songs of female rappers since that is also a great platform for them making a name.
By: Atopley Emmanuel Jonathan | UniversShowbiz