LA’s hip-hop twins talk about their favorite female rappers, from MC Lyte and J.J. Fad to contemporaries like Kamaiyah.
Rappers rarely blow up twice, and Inglewood’s Cam and China are the exceptions. The twin sisters began their rap career in high school as part of Pink Dollaz, one of the few all-women rap groups in LA at the tail end of the 2000s — Pink Dollaz garnered major-label attention with a string of sexually explicit MySpace hits (“I’m Tasty”) that scored the jerkin’ dance movement. After Pink Dollaz split, the duo briefly stepped away from the spotlight, but since 2014 Cam and China have re-emerged as one of LA’s best rap groups, collaborating with acclaimed producers like DJ Mustard (“Nada”) and earning soundtrack placement on HBO’s Insecure (“Run Up”). Firmly rooted in LA rap history while pushing the sound of the city forward, their self-titled 2016 EP remains one of that year’s best. A meticulously arranged project full of brash, trunk-rattling cuts that redefine female empowerment one aggressive line at a time, things bode well for their impending rise.