Who’s the Next Nicki Minaj? From Lizzo to Tink, 5 Female MCs Striving to Strike Hitmaking Gold

Brian Bowen Smith
Nicki Minaj photographed on Oct. 6, 2014 at Siren Studios in Hollywood, Calif.

There may not be many female rappers topping the charts, but plenty of talented newcomers are threatening to become hitmakers.



Letterman just booked this 26-year-old, who rhymes "nookie" with "sunset the color of snooki."

Check Out: "Batches & Cookies"



A Brooklyn MC, 24, with Kendrick Lamar's support.

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This producer-rapper cloaks her identity with gold fronts, ski masks and fierce wordplay.

Check Out: "F--- The Summer Up"

Tink Talks Working With Sleigh Bells, Timbaland; Premieres 'Used 2 Know' Video



Only 19, this R&B singer (who also raps) has already worked with Timbaland, Sleigh Bells and Jeremih.

Check Out: "Don't Tell Nobody"



East Detroit native Dej Loaf, 23, counts Drake and Kevin Durant among her admirers.

Check Out: "Try Me"

This article first appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of Billboard.