Boss bitch music is therapeutic af. Sometimes you gotta remind yourself you’re that bitch.
— Thee Virgin Remy (@astoldbyMIKA) May 17, 2019
When Beyonce dropped Lemonade, we took a step back to reclaim our power in relationships. When Cardi B dropped Bodak Yellow, we got in our bag and made money moves. We’re still deciding whether we’re having a City Girls or a Stallion summer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that female rap is on the rise and seemingly unstoppable. The rap category which I like to refer to as “boss bitch music,” is giving their male counterparts a run for their money and I, for one, am 100% here for it.
Whether your a certified “boss bitch” or a “boss bitch in the making,” we can all agree that the music category is empowering, uplifting, and serves as a soundtrack to our ever-evolving selves. In 2019, we’ve seen women progress so much from being the fastest growing group of growing entrepreneurs to making history in pretty much every field you can imagine. In conclusion, boss bitches are winning, and there’s nothing that can stop it.
We can’t talk about boss bitch music without acknowledging some of the women that pioneered it.
Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliot, Trina and Eve are just a few of the women that have had the lady balls to rap about the subject matter usually taken on by the boys—money, sex, and other boastful lyrics—but also topics affecting women such as domestic violence, financial independence, and life after failed relationships. Just in case you’re wondering, I consider Nicki Minaj to be somewhere in between being a part of the old school and new. Though she has many years under her belt she bridged the gap between the generations and held down the fort alone longer than the span of some rappers whole careers.
These legends paved the way for the new school but also created a community of bossed up women. This is the first time in a long time that there have been a plethora of female rappers that are looking to build community and not a competition as the legends once did. Though we’ve seen some female rap beef here and there, overall the new generation of rappers and choosing to embrace each other and collaborate rather than tear each other down.
Speaking of the new school…
Megan Thee Stallion is one of the standout artists dropping infectious bad bitch anthems. The 24-year-old soon to be Texas Southern University grad pens some of the rawest lyrics on everything from sex positivity to self-worth and we have no choice but to stan. Megan’s released her most recent project, Fever, in mid-May 2019 which debuted at number 7 on Itunes. Megan Thee Stallion is a sure win as a leader in the boss bitch music, and we look forward to seeing all that coming from her. We also stan how much she embraces her peers and stays drama free, but that is a story for another blog post.
Just in case you doubted how much boss bitch music is essential to our everyday lives, my twitter fam chimed in on the topic.
Been that bitch https://t.co/a1f76UmHoF
— Alianaaa🌴🦋 (@_alianagause_) May 19, 2019
This the music I play when I’m sad … boss up real quick 😂 https://t.co/w1CZzkzgUV
— floating (@_flawLINDS) May 18, 2019
Me when I be listening to Lizzo>>>> https://t.co/1r6U65Zrt5
— jess✨ (@jessfaciane) May 18, 2019
Boss B*tches make the world to around https://t.co/DI5OyKFFYo
— Bondzu (@Big_Dzu) May 18, 2019
This tweet is exactly why even though I don't listen to Cardi, City Girls and Megan like that I immensely respect the music they make and what it represents. Dudes got a million rappers that make them feel that way. Women only got a handful that we need to support. https://t.co/iRbFJNI6L6
— Jordan Gramsay (@LutherLeanJr) May 18, 2019
In the past, braggadocious rap lyrics have been reserved for the men in hip hop to brag about jewelry, cars, and sex.
Boss bitch music takes on the same narrative as “traditional male rap” but flips it on its head, letting women know that boss moves aren’t exclusive to men—after all, anything they can do, we can do better. When I listen to boss bitch music, I feel unstoppable. I feel like any obstacle that has ever tried to run me off course is no match for my wit and female power. Boss bitch music reassures me that I am that bitch and no one can tell me any different.
I’ll be the first person to say how much I love braggadocious rap lyrics; however, it’s refreshing and much more relatable coming from a woman. They have to deal with the same issues that we face on the day to day (i.e., sexism, abortion laws ), and at the end of the day they remain bossed up no matter what life throws at them. Mood AF.
[Tweet “Boss bitch music is positive affirmations, therapy, and, reassurance all rolled up into one.”
Here are some of the best ways to incorporate boss bitch music into your self-care routine:
Every woman should have a boss bitch playlist—that isn’t up for debate.
Bump your boss bitch music playlist while you’re working out.
Nothing says “go harder” better than some of your favorite bossed up females rappers reminding you that you got this sis. One of my favorite boss bitch workout tracks is Go Hard by Nicki Minaj from her throwback Beam Me Up Scotty Mixtape.
During your morning commute
Boss bitches have 9-5 and the infamous morning commute is a significant part of it. Whether you’re taking the subway or driving, a good dose of boss bitch music on your way to work is the perfect way to get your day started on a high note; You’ll walk in your office feeling ready and able to take on anything thrown at you.
While you’re at the office (or your respective workplace)
Keep that same energy throughout your day and work while bumping some bad bitch anthems. Have you ever listened to Da Baddest Bitch by Trina while responding to emails? Therapeutic af.
When something or someone has pissed you off
Whew, chile. Music is therapeutic regardless of the category, but boss bitch music hits different when someone or something has gotten on your last nerve. In the words of Beyonce, “who the fu*ck do you think I am?”
While you clean and sage your home
Don’t underestimate how the high energy of boss bitch music can elevate a cleaning session. If you never saged a clean house while bumping Lil Kim, I urge you to try it. Erykah Badu also is on my boss bitch playlist just in case you need options.