These female wordsmiths of the underground hip-hip world are producing poetry with a pulse and are each a force to be reckoned with.
Margret Wander is a philosophy major turned creative non-fiction writer that wears many hats. She is the CEO of the indie hip-hop group Doomtree, as well as a solo artist from Minneapolis, MN. Her album Parts of Speech dropped in 2013 immediately claiming a unique style within the art of spoken word.
“Language and verbal communication were important in my family. If I could argue my way into a later curfew, that argument was entertained. My parents may have regretted that policy later but it was a great motivator to help me develop a facility with words.” -Wander “Dessa”
Key Tracks: “Scuffle,” “Dixon’s Girl,” “Alibi,” and “Fighting Fish”
“Call Off Your Ghost”
Dominique Young Unique
This distinct diva from Tampa came out with an EP called Hot Girl in 2009 that floored the folks at Sony Epic Records, with whom she is now signed. She raps like rapid-fire while bedding her lyrics in electronic beats that are primed for dancing. She is described by Dazed & Confused Magazine as having “the sexy swagger of Lil Kim, the ghetto credibility of Trina and the spitting skills of Nicki Minaj”.
Key Tracks: “Earthquake,” “Show My Ass,” “Rambo,” “Stupid Pretty”
“Throw It Down”
Though Jessica Disu of FM Supreme is the underdog of this trifecta solely based on her following, she is a talented slam poet with an activist’s agenda. Growing up in Chicago inspired much of her material and provided the basis for many of her social justice platforms. She founded The Chicago International Youth Peace Movement in the US and the UK with a mission of promoting global youth peace. Influences include: Queen Latifah, Salt N Pepa, Michael Jackson, James Brown.
Key Tracks: “The Prayer,” “The Ignorance,” and “Sudden Movements”
“No Turning Back,”
Story Written by Taylor Stabler for Bombshell by Bleu