In a male dominated art form, it’s critical that we remain fair and just to all who bless the microphone. Over the years the PALM Tree has welcomed many a female emcee including the likes of Majilla, Allie Kay, Vel the Wonder, and most recently Betty Dawl of Trapfone. Just this fall we’ve seen an influx of ladies performing lyrical miracles so without further to do here’s five female rappers you need to be aware of (in no particular order)

Young M.A.

At the top of our list is New York emcee Young MA. Why? Because you’ve already at least heard her “OOOUUU” instrumental used in the now infamous beef between The Game and Meek Mill. The Brooklyn native brings classic New York flavor to each track, dropping ill punchlines like non other. Add that with a grip of music videos and you’ve got a rapping force to be reckoned with.


Best known for her 2013 appearance on Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap, Noname has a laid back style which stays true to the boom-bap sound. This year she dropped a mixtape of her own entitled Telefone. It’s a very solid 10 song project with feature spots from Raury and Ravyn Lenae amongst others. Throw on more collaborations with fellow Chicago artist Mick Jenkins, and you’ve got yourself a rising star in the making.

Bali Baby

The eccentric style of Atlanta’s Bali Baby is partially the reason why she makes the list. The way she frequently switches hair styles almost makes her the Lady GaGa of hip-hop. Her unique cute voice gives Nicki Minaj a run for her money. I can’t get enough of the song and video for “Lover Girl” and you can expect it on Palm of P A L M Vol. 8 which is on the way. Be on the lookout for her double project Bubble Bali and Brazy Bali coming soon.


Rico Nasty


I first became aware of Rico Nasty after hearing her on Lil Yachty’s posse cut”All In.” A member of the Sailing Team collective which Yachty is the front man of, Rico brings a refreshing twist to the game. I could go on and on about how amazing the Atlanta based rapper/singer is, but just watch a few videos for yourself.

She.Go Indigo


The good people at Elevator Mag are the ones responsible for turning PALM onto She.Go Indigo. The Tampa, FL lyricist has a cool nostalgic sound similar to that of Left Eye over Trip-Hop production. Although her discography may not be deep, She.go shows more potential than some of today’s biggest artists.