In a recent interview with GQ on December 13, CMG artist GloRilla addressed criticism surrounding female rappers, challenging the perception that they produce one-dimensional content in comparison to their male counterparts in the hip-hop industry.
The artist questioned the common themes in men’s rap, such as violence, explicit content, robbery, cars, and wealth, highlighting the similarities in subject matter between male and female artists. GloRilla emphasized that despite the shared themes, women in hip-hop are not engaging in the same activities as their male counterparts.
During the interview, GloRilla responded to comments made by Fabolous, who expressed his belief that only one style of female rap is currently being promoted in the music industry. Last July, Fabolous took to Instagram Stories to share his perspective, praising female rappers who speak authentically about real issues. However, he also suggested that the industry was limiting the diversity of female voices.
GloRilla defended herself and other women in hip-hop, asserting that female rappers are strong, possess a multitude of stories, and offer unique perspectives that deserve recognition.
She countered Fabolous’ viewpoint by affirming that women in hip-hop are not confined to a single style and urged listeners to appreciate the authenticity and variety within the genre.
Fabolous’ comments sparked a mixed reaction on social media, with some agreeing with his assessment while others found it disingenuous and hypocritical. Fans pointed out his collaboration with the City Girls on Diddy’s single “Act Bad,” which had been released just a few months before he criticized the prevailing style of female rap in the current hip-hop landscape.
As GloRilla champions diversity and authenticity in female rap, the discussion around the range of perspectives within the genre continues, prompting a reflection on the need for greater recognition of the various voices shaping the hip-hop narrative.