As 2022 draws to a close, anticipation for what is to come in 2023 is starting to take over. Before we dive into the new year, however, we need to look back and acknowledge some of the women in the rap game who made remarkable strides in 2022.
Here are ten songs, in no particular order, by female rappers who debuted in the past year and deserve a shoutout.
“We Not Humping (Remix)” by Monaleo
First up, we have Monaleo’s remix of “We Not Humping,” which originally debuted in 2021. She teamed up with Flo Milli for the revamped bop, and those rappers definitely have ATE on the track.
If you’re looking for an energetic song that humorously overshadows a pop beat, Monaleo has the perfect solution.
Pretty Girls by Flo Milli
Speaking of Flo Milli, you still there, ho? The album spawned numerous bops, including “Conceited”, “Big Steppa” and “PBC”. However, we’re taking a moment to give special credit to “Pretty Girls” as this fun track is great for encouraging yourself to live your best life!
Because “Girls just want to have fun!”
.@_FloMilli is a “really big mood”. 💅
Watch her exclusive performance of her bop Pretty Girls presented by #HondaStage: https://t.co/LV28tYVW5F pic.twitter.com/DwTkyuGk3I
— Honda Stage (@HondaStage) March 8, 2022
“FNF (Let’s Go)” by GloRilla
GloRilla has had a phenomenal year, producing hit after hit. However, prior to popular tracks like “Blessed” and “Tomorrow 2”, it all started with her collaboration with Hitmaka: “FNF (Let’s Go)”.
The Memphis-raised rapper got away with the “Song of the Summer” and kept climbing from there. In fact, the hit eventually became Spotify’s most viral hit song.
Mind Yo Business by Lakeyah
Thanks to TikTok and Instagram Reels, many people have faced Mind Yo Business. This Lakeyah track has graced a number of social media videos, and with good reason!
After all, everyone has to have a good “First off, b***h mind yo business!” now and again.
Latto Big Energy
Latto unveiled a hilarious track based on Mariah Carey’s ‘Fantasy’ earlier this year, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this banger!
A remix of “Big Energy” featuring Mariah herself as well as DJ Khaled contributed to the song’s widespread success. It also won Song of the Year at the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards.
“Top notch” by City Girls
Yung Miami and JT teamed up with Fivio Foreign for this track, and it’s definitely a solid single to keep fans hooked on the next City Girls project.
We have to give JT credit as well, as her verse was particularly heavy on “Top Notch”!
‘View!’ by Coi Leray
Following 2021 hits like “No More Parties” and “BIG PURR (Prrdd)”, Coi Leray has teamed up with Nicki Minaj to pen another bop, “Blick Blick!”
However, Nicki ultimately revealed that this project almost never materialized due to drama between her and Coi’s father, Benzino. Thankfully, however, the pair persevered and brought the track to life.
“Munch” by Ice Spice
Ice Spice, humorously dubbed “modern-day Princess Diana” by some Stans, is another artist who found huge success in 2022’s “Munch.” She also debuted other well-received hits like “Bikini Bottom” and “Name of Love” that year.
We should also add that Ice Spice was recently named the top star on TikTok’s list of “upcoming artists” of the year. So it’s safe to say that the audience is feeling Ice Spice!
Super Freaky Girl by Nicki Minaj
While the Grammys might not classify “Super Freaky Girl” as a rap track, we must respectfully disagree and give Nicki her flowers.
The song, which is based on Rick James’ ‘Super Freak’, was widely used on social media, and a mashup of ‘Super Freaky Girl’ and Gwen Stefani’s ‘Luxurious’ was particularly popular. Notably, the track was Nicki Minaj’s first solo hit to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
4 months ago @NICKIMINAJ released her worldwide hit “Super Freaky Girl”. The song earned the Queen of Rap her first solo at No. 1 on the billboard, despite other fandoms trying to prevent the song from achieving that. pic.twitter.com/pYKTA1Hffl
— hakeem💙 (@og_chunLi) December 24, 2022
“Plan B” by Megan Thee Stallion
Finally, we have Megan Thee Stallion’s “Plan B,” which was included on her Traumazine album after originally being released as a single.
The H-Town hottie took to the track, and a certain verse referring to Ice-T captivated fans.
“Plan B” by @TheeStallion Video now available
Watch here: https://t.co/CAgIasAqVq pic.twitter.com/QtfgPsHesl
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) June 2, 2022
What do you think of these bops of 2022 and what are some other poppy female rap tracks you would add to the list?