1. The Comeback Queen

She’s very quick witted and that razor sharp tongue of hers could slice you in two, literally. Before you can even hit her with your blow, the gloves are off and she’s smacked you back so hard you’re stunned into a giggle of disbelief. You never worry about this friend because you know she can handle herself in any situation, because who needs fists when you can simply cut someone with words instead?

Pros: She’s perfect when planning a response in the group chat.
Cons: She can really accidentally hurt your feelings.

2. The Last Minute Lucy

You love her but you also cannot stand her because this friend leaves everything to the last possible minute. Whether it be cancelling plans, asking for a favour or buying you a present, this girl is just always late. Though never on time, she’s always somehow super organised and it baffles you to this day. She could be the perfect friend if she just learned to respect time… in fact; you’re not sure whether she can actually tell the time.

Pros: She’s never on time.
Cons: She’s never on time.

3. The Musical Genius

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She knows the words to every song, mainsteam and/or underground, she’s always the first with concert tickets and is frequently heard saying “I heard that months ago”. This friend is the ultimate music lover and the one you go to when you need to know the name of that song you’ve been humming for weeks. Putting your music on shuffle can result in hundreds of (often bad) renditions of every song; from The Beatles to Bobby Shmurda this girl knows it all.

Pros: She can get those sold out Beyonce tickets.
Cons: She is the biggest music snob.

4. The Smart One

Ask her what the capital of Malaysia is and she’ll know it, alongside the population of Timbuktu and what yesterday’s homework was. She is your smart friend and a blessing from God to get you through those distressing years of education. Every assignment is done way before the deadline and her future is planned down to every tiny detail. When you’re crying in the library 45 minutes before your deadline, she’s your girl.

Pros: Helps motivate you with work.
Cons: Makes you feel so dumb.

5. The Not So Smart One

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You often find your jaw dropping in shock at some of the unbelievably stupid things this girl comes out with. “No, Africa isn’t a country” you remind her in contempt. She’s fun and is a pretty smooth sailor when it comes to school but general knowledge is not her thing. Neither are books, or anything that has more than 50 words on a page.

Pros: Makes you feel so smart.
Cons: Says some stupid stuff.

6. The Yes Girl (FKA The Fun Friend)

Legal or illegal, this girl is up for anything and that’s why she’s secretly your favourite. Whether you fancy going to Nandos or going skydiving, your yes girl is down and that’s what makes her so fun to be around. You’ve most likely had some of the best times with her and she’s always in a good mood, which just adds to her likeability.

Pros: She’s always “up for it”.
Cons: Fearless (to the extent it’s actually bad, what if we get arrested?!)

7. The One Who’s Not Really Your Friend

More of an acquaintance, you’re not really quite sure how you and this girl ended up in the same circle. She’s like a friend of your friends and somehow you became friends too, but it’s cool because she’s cool and you like her. You get on perfectly well in social settings but sadly you know it will never develop further into anything else.

Pros: She’s cool.
Cons: You’ll probably grow apart in the next few years.

8. The ‘Twin’

This is the one; she’s exactly like you. You like the same things/people, you hate the same things/people, you and your ‘twin’ are like a match made in friendship heaven. You have the same sense of humour and your twin telepathy has you giggling at inside jokes in a room full of people without so much as moving your lips. You love her for the exact same reason you sometimes hate her, she’s you.

Pros: She’s exactly like you.
Cons: She’s exactly like you.

9. The Talkative One

She talks so much that she ends up saying things that you never wanted anyone to know. This friend is funny because she doesn’t know how to shut up, it’s just not funny when she’s talking about you. Accidentally spilling secrets is her forte but you know she means no harm she just has permanent verbal diarrhoea. Bless her.

Pros: She can always put a smile on her face with her clumsy mouth.
Cons: She talks too much.


“Whoever said money cannot buy happiness clearly didn’t know where to shop.”Serena Van Der Woodson 

My favourite American girl Tahiry was recently out and about in DC looking bloody gorgeous. Now, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really a fan of the whole peplum hem skirt trend. They just used to really remind me of my little sister’s primary school skirt, but of course made me a believer.


This grown and sexy look really works for her and the dress accentuates her banging body without showing too much. I love love love the nude colour as well and how she didn’t over accessorize, it just added to the sophisticated element of the whole outfit.

If you, just like me, are obsessed with this dress and want to try this look then you can get the nude bandage dress on online boutique iDolls for $100 (about £67 for my fellow Brits). Make sure you snatch it up quick because I’m sure once everyone else catches a whiff of this it’s gonna be sold out like cream cakes at a summer fair.

Sugar, Spice and Too Much Spite? That’s What Femcees Are Made Of



Definition: A woman who raps or freestyles. The feminine equivalent of an emcee.


In the pink corner all the way from Jamaica Queens, NY we have Nicki Minaj, sex bomb, Barbie and self-proclaimed ‘bad bitch’. From Brooklyn, NY we have rap veteran, Queen Bee and boss chick Lil Kim.

It’s a brutal first two rounds as Nicki delivers a few low blows with every hit taking jabs at Kim’s slightly older age. As an OG in the game, Kim knows how to use these moves to her advantage so they don’t do any real damage on her image (or career) and hits back just as hard. By the third round both parties begin to tire, Nicki is over it at this point, but Kim is determined to not let this disrespect go un-checked, she needs this victory. The barb raises her pink gloved fist and delivers a destructive blow to the Queen Bee forcing her to fall flat on her back, but just as Nicki goes to raise her triumphant pink glove (Kim’s eyelash stuck on and all), like a phoenix from the ashes, the queen rises.

Ok so that didn’t really happen, well only in the world of the Tumblr fan fictions, but I guess what I’m trying to say is that girls are extremely competitive they’re just not as overt about it. Girls are also very, very bitchy, but I guess that’s ingrained in our DNA.

2014 was supposed to be the year of the female rappers and yeah, ok, Nicki dropped her album and Dej Loaf dared a n*gga to try her but where were the rest?

Now, it’s definitely no secret that hip-hop is a male dominated industry and no one could argue otherwise. Whilst the males have no problem co-signing other unknown rappers and ‘putting them on’ they only tend to let a female rapper jump on the track if she’s established, has a big fan base and has made her mark on the game. In other words she has to have something to offer him, otherwise it’s a no-go.  Ms Banks once broke it down the best “The three requirements to jump on a track if you’re a female are: be pretty, be good but don’t be better than the male. Coz if you spin him, you’re in trouble.”  Even though it’s sad, it’s true; many male rappers have a problem with women being better than them. The men don’t believe rap is a sport for girls, so when the women come along and they play better, it’s a problem. Just last year in Atlanta, GA a woman was raped, set on fire and shot just because she beat three men in a rap battle. So although the issue of misogyny in rap music has been identified, people fail to understand the issue is much more prevalent in the industry than we see.

The history of females in hip-hop is a long, complex one and funnily enough a beef started by a group of boys (surprise surprise) called U.T.F.O induced the birth of the first femcee Roxanne Shanté in the mid 80s. Roxanne’s Revenge formed the basis of a series of back and forth between Shanté and ‘The Real Roxanne’ (who’s name wasn’t even Roxanne). In true rap fashion, the beef was encouraged and even propelled by the males of both respective crews. You know what they say; behind every good beef between girls are a bunch of boys (they don’t, I just made that up).

But though we might like to, we cannot blame the boys for everything because as we all know, girls are no strangers when it comes to causing drama and although they might forgive, 9 times out of 10, they will not forget. “Girls are bad mind you know. They don’t wanna work with other girls because they don’t wanna give them the opportunity to spin them. Girls never want to even give other girls the opportunity to be better than them”.  Lioness argues that in her experience, it is always harder to get females to work with each other because they have to work ten times harder than the males to solidify their position and they don’t want to give another woman the chance to even take that spot.

It’s sad but that is the reality within the industry for the most part; the expectations for female rappers are either ridiculously high or offensively low. Lil Kim, in the 90s, said “To be a successful female rapper women have to want to be you and men have to want to f**k you” and most of the females MC’s today agree with that statement. As C-Cane put it “All men need to do is get a shape up, fresh white tee and borrow someone’s gold chain then they’re ready to go” but to the female in rap, image is everything. Whilst a man can get on a track with another male rapper and just rap better than him, females have to be prettier, have a nicer body, wear better clothes and on top of that sound better than the other female. There is also the fact that regardless of how they sound, both of their images are most likely to be compared and critiqued but with the men, nobody seems to care.

Many females have been open about pressure from the industry and consumers to appeal to both the male and female audiences for several years. That heavy weight has even driven some of them to drastic aesthetic changes. In an early documentary, Lil Kim talks about how her mentor, lover and the Notorious BIG consistently told her she was ugly because of her complexion and facial features. These shattering statements obviously cut a lot deeper than the surface, because Kim twenty years ago does not look the same as Kim today and that has nothing to do with ageing. Even though she’s one of the more extreme examples, she certainly isn’t the only one.

We’ve all seen plenty of femcees start their career with one look and as they progress we start to see new clothes, new wigs, new bodies and sometimes even a new nose. As tragic as it is, there’s clearly something slightly appealing about the Barbie look that all the rappers want to emulate so bad (*cough Nicki, Kim, Foxy cough*).

Even though we turn our noses up at the dirty ‘S’ word (surgery), whether we like to admit it or not, although we admired some of their traits, no one ever wanted to look like Missy [Elliott] or Queen Latifah because we loved them more for their music and not necessarily their looks. So when we moan about the pressures of image for the females in rap sometimes we have to delve into whether the industry is just giving us, as consumers, what we want to see.

Hip-hop has always been likened to a sport, because of how crucial the element of competitiveness is in order to keeping the genre alive. Lady Leshurr explained that with females in the industry they are under so much pressure that they tend to let their emotions get the better of them for the most part and this leads to them feeling extra competitive. “It’s always about being better than the next chick, never about being better together”.

Within every era of hip-hop we’ve seen the re-birth of a new femcee from Lauryn Hill the 90s hippie and socially conscious rapper to Missy Elliott the tomboy who took over the early 2000s and right now the harajuku Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj. All these women are extremely opposite at immediate glance (and listen) but they all have a strong image in common, they’re daring, fearless and appeal to the mass despite not representing them. Over the last 10 years we’ve seen women in rap break barriers and set records that even the men can’t compete with but they’re still seen as slightly inferior. Nicki recently expressed her contempt for the term female rapper and argued that it was insulting “don’t call me a female rapper, I can go toe to toe with the greats. I’m a rapper period”.

Such is the love story of hip-hop; it was built on struggle so I suppose in some ways, if it weren’t there it wouldn’t be the same. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it would be worse.

Misogyny has been prevalent within hip-hop from the beginning and although ladies have been trying to let the men know that they ‘ain’t a bitch or a ho’, they haven’t really been working together.

In a world where both Azealia’s are beefing and Kim is determined to turn Pink Friday black, it seems like the femcees are always too busy fighting each other to get together and fight the men. Everyone seems to think there’s only room for one although the men disproved that theory years ago. Note how there’s always a conversation about the top 5, because overall there isn’t a winner. Different music serves a purpose for different occasions and different (male) artists get to prove that daily.

I guess what I’m trying to ask all my beautiful femcees of the world is why can’t we just bake a cake full of rainbows and sunshine and all eat it and get along? After all two voices are always better than one.