Estelle Is ‘Excited’ for the Variety of Women in Hip-Hop

Estelle recently caught up with EBONY and discussed how today’s rap scene is home to several female rappers, as opposed to the long-standing idea that there can be only one dominant woman in the game at a time. 

The British-born singer/songwriter is known for mixing genres, such as R&B, reggae, or Afrobeats, but one of her first hits was a rap song. Although Estelle entered the music industry when it was thought that only one woman could dominant as a rapper, the 39-year-old said growing up she had many femcees to listen to. Now, she’s overjoyed at the options she has in artists such as Megan thee StallionNoname and Cardi B

“I was hoping for this day. I am so excited it’s here,” the Grammy winner said. “I have a choice. I can listen to at least five female rappers and just turn up; and it not just be the one that we’re being told, ‘Hey, this is the one this year.’” 

“In the same way, I can listen to five or 10 male rappers,” Estelle added. “Now … I want to see five to seven R&B or pop singers—Black girls or brown girls—and they’re all just amazing, and they all got records that I can relate to.” 

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She said she hopes she can continue to use her platform “to continue the work of female artists being able to be out here in more than one place [and] in more than one iteration.” 

Watch the full interview above to hear how Estelle hopes to help women own themselves. 

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