Best of: City Girls, Bali Baby, Molly Brazy and Chynna
These young upstarts are changing the face of rap with genre-bending styles and unapologetic defiance of the norms.
As we take off a little early for the long Labor Day weekend, we bring you a collection of interviews from young artists working and defying what it means to be a female rapper. First it’s Miami troublemakers City Girls, who joined the ranks of TDE last year as the label’s first female signees, and released a ball-out, bang-up debut that channels their hometown’s lineage. Heading north to Atlanta, we hear from the 20-year-old Atlanta native Bali Baby, who’s amassed a rabid fanbase for her ability to cultivate a new persona at every turn; most recently it’s as a character who is equal parts horror queen and sweet pop star. On to Philadelphia, we’ll hear from fellow horror-fanatic Chynna, the A$AP Mob associate who’s kicking down doors with her rapid-fire flows. To round us out, we’ll head out to Detroit to talk with Molly Brazy, an artist driven by the defiant spirit of her hometown. She spits lyrics that denounce the fake players of the game and spins one-of-a-kind narratives that project undeniable authenticity. It’s lit.