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XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class Is Out But Where Are The Female MCs?

Seven female rappers and singers worth considering.

Lists are made to be debated, so naturally there was some outcry over the 2014 XXL Freshman class, but one of the loudest cries was about the exclusion of a female artist this year. Iggy Azalea was the first female MC to make the cut in 2012, Angel Haze followed in 2013, and this year there was a noticeable absence. There are a few artists, however, who were worthy of consideration.

The North Carolina rapper actually landed on XXL’s list of the “20 Best Female Rappers of All Time,” but she didn’t make it onto the Freshman cover. She’s currently signed to 9th Wonder’s label Jamla Records, and her 2012 album The Idea of Beautiful, included notable collaborations with artists such as Mac Miller, Big Daddy Kane and Childish Gambino. She’s steadily continued to release music since then (she’s featured on the new compilation Jamla is the Squad) and we’ll likely be hearing a lot more from her in the future.

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