Meet Malikah. Translation? The Queen.
She's kinda intense
First breaking onto the music scene in Lebanon at just 16, she was the first woman to reach NRJ Radio's top 20 billboard chart in the Middle East
And while she covers a wide range of topics, there is one that rises above the rest in her music: women empowerment
Hailing from the UK/Palestine: Shadia Mansour, aka The First Lady of Arabic Hip Hop
For this MC, it's all about politics
And, in particular, the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Collaborating with producer Johnny Juice of Public Enemy, Mansour describes her work as something of a "musical intifada"
And then there's Soultana, the first female rapper to rise out of Morocco
Growing up on Tupac in her nation's capital, she captured the stage in 2008 when her all-women's group took home the prestigious Key Award from the Mawazine Festival
More than anything, Soultana is known for turning the stage into a battlefield for women's rights
Like in this song, "Sawt Nssa" (Women's Voice)
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