In the last few decades, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall has risen to become a multi-billion dollar industry. It was a man who led the production of the first commercially successful rap track. However, the industry remains unquestionably male dominated. Female rappers usually enjoy less success than men.
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A new generation of female emcees, however, is building on the legacy of women in the industry.
Meet Myra Stardom, a young talented female Ghanaian rapper. She describes her music as real and raw. Myra Stardom has always been one to speak her mind, she says. And she has always had a mouth.
I’ve always been the one to express myself…,” she says.
Her sound pulls on the “90s golden-erarap music,”which Myra Stardom admitted she listened to religiously growing up.
Her music is also inspired by late male Hip Hop rap Tupac. He’s another male rapper that I’ve always looked up to that I was just like, ‘wow, he’s spit some hard stuff. This is what I want my music to sound like, real explicit, real raw, like you know, a punch to the gut.”
According to Myra Stardomshe first decided to take her music career seriously when she was about 20. Now, she is been signed by Emklan Music which is been Own by Okyeame Quophi. That means she has someone managing her.
Myra in an interview oneday disclosed that her music has made a difference in her community. “It definitely has made an impact within my community, you know and definitely in the music industry and I’m glad to have gotten it done.”
“I just feel like, everybody was definitely into it. Everybody was giving me my props and was proud to see a young , transwoman rap.” female Tupac says the general lack of attention female rappers receive is why she does what she does.
“There’s not many females out there getting as much play as male rappers, and I feel like there definitely, definitely needs to be more of a presence in the female rap community. That’s why I’m here making ‘herstory’ by putting out music and being the best I can be in my role.”