Firestarter: Sadie Hawkins
It’s no secret that rap has been a male-dominated sport, but you can’t forget the ladies. Of course, Nicki Minaj is the most recognizable, and Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks are both making waves. Well, it’s time to add another name to that growing list of femme fatales: Sadie Hawkins.
If the name sounds familiar, Hawkins borrows her moniker from a 1930s comic-strip character. And, school children often attend Sadie Hawkins-themed dances, where traditional roles are reversed and the girls ask out the boys. The name is particularly fitting for an artist who rhymes with a ferocity typically associated with male rappers.
Sadie started out as a model, and during one of her photo shoots, an onlooker suggested she try her hand at music. “He was like, ’Are you a rapper?’ And I was like, ’Nah,’ ” she told Mixtape Daily. “He was like, ’Yeah, you look like a boss chick. Your name should be ’Sadie Hawkins.’ ”
As a child, she always admired hip-hop’s top female spitters. “Growing up, some of the female MCs that I grew up on — like Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, Missy, Eve — seeing them out there, and they doing it, and they actually made it happen, it could give you [a feeling like] ’Yeah, OK, I can do this too,’ ” she shared.
Sadie pays homage to the queens on “Microphone Checka,” a track on her DJ Scream-hosted, Angelina Jolie-inspired Girl, Interrupted mixtape. Hawkins spits over a 1980s-style instrumental while name-dropping some of her favorite back-in-the-day rappers.
On “Cocky,” the lyrical newcomer partners with Yo Gotti, proving that she can hold her own against one of the game’s most-respected MCs, and on “Ms. Money,” she delivers a catchy make-it-rain ode that’s ripe for radio.
Sadie Hawkins shows tons of promise: More than just a pretty face, the rookie spitter makes music to back it up.
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