The Top Five Female Rappers in OC
Pondering the local hip-hop scene, the Weekly asked the simple question, "Where are the female MC's in OC?" almost two years ago. Our neighbors to the north in Los Angeles can boast a vibrant underground with a number of femcees on the mic whether its artists like Vel the Wonder, Top Dime, or Reverie. Over here? Not so much...or so it seemed. Maybe we just weren't listening close enough, as it turns out, because there's definitely a lot of talented women doing their thing with hip-hop.
Enjoy the different styles from this assembled playlist the Weekly has put together of the top five femcees rockin' the mic from all over the county. (Anaheim, where you at?!)
5. Lady Socratez
Lady Socratez displays an adept delivery served with a side of rasp. She has teamed with Grand Angel in forming the group Royal Fellowship.
For Lady Socratez, whose real name is Sarita Stamps, music runs in the family. Her older brother is Bad Azz who we all revere for his verse on Makaveli's "Krazy" and having Snoop Dogg guest on his gangsta rap hit "We Be Puttin' it Down." Stamps' dad was a DJ so it's easy to see why she picked up the mic at 8-years-old and hasn't put it down since. OC is all the better for it.
Noel Brooks is a double-threat. She's a legit singer with R&B soul and has been sharpening her rhymes delivering doses of both on tracks like "Wake Up."
Brooks' twin talents are matched by a lyrical depth, especially on the introspective "I'll Be Sober." You can catch her performing live in-and-around downtown Santa Ana whether it be at Bistro 400 or Original Mike's.