Hey! I’m Heather, and I go hard on a cappella. Just think of any task that has to be done in an acagroup and I’ve probably done it; just call me a Renaissance Woman of Jin-Jah-Dohs. I’m a little bit of a young’un (as young as early twenties can be), and I can be found singing my little heart out with Main Squeeze at Syracuse University, or with The PickUps at your nearby CASA festival.
Speaking of going hard, I might (read: DO) have a strange addiction to female rapping. It all sort of started with Nicki Minaj bursting into the mainstream Top 40 scene, and the trend has only grown since then. Of course, we can’t forget the ladies who first laid down the groundwork, women like Queen Latifah, Da Brat, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown…you get it. Rapping somehow has this connotation of being a dude’s game, but all of these ladies have proven that girls can spit game just as much as anyone.
The world of a cappella is a magical, but sometimes confusing place. There seems to be this belief that all male groups are the only ones who can be silly, that girl groups can only be emotional or sassy, and that there is no middle ground.
Hogcock…which is a combination of hogwash and poppycock.
Here are some videos of girls who don’t shy away from Nicki’s slick raps, who keep it real without all the feels.
Let’s start it out with a group from Penn State called The Coda Conduct. They begin their mash up with Rihanna’s Where Have You Been? and slowly mash it up with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s Turn Me On. Yeah, there’s some crazy awesome belting, and the arrangement is fun, but when the first soloist comes back with the rap? She kills it. Any lady who can park it, bark it, and then bring it is a keeper in my book.
From SUNY Geneseo, we meet Exit 8, who mash up Nicki’s Starships with Britney Spears’ Til the World Ends, and even a little bit of Give Me Everything Tonight by Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer. The results are pretty hot, definitely something you would bump at a club. The arrangement gives Starships a little bit of a darker edge. You can tell they’re having fun, and to be honest, I’m dancing in my chair with them.
Next up, Agnes A Cappella from St. Olaf bringing that boom-ba-doom-boom boom-ba-doom-boom bass with Super Bass, Nicki Minaj’s break out hit. The girl rapper is absolutely not messing around. Rocking an awesome dress, dropping verses. The arrangement is so pretty and almost choral but as soon as the rap starts, you know what’s up.
Wait. If you thought high school groups were out of the question, you were wrong. Based in Florida, Cypress Lake High School’s TAG (The A Cappella Group) takes on Nicki Minaj (feat. Rihanna)’s Fly, mashed up with a few other oldies but goodies. Their talent is so incredible, and you can just feel their energy and their passion. They absolutely come alive in this performance, and I love it.
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