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Nadia Nakai Explains Why She Never Used to Work With Women Rappers

"Because I would have never shined as Nadia Nakai. I would have shined as another female rapper."

South African rapper Nadia Nakai is gearing to release her debut album. She recently did an interview with the website Slikour On Life in which she spoke about, among other things, squashing beef, the work behind her album and the importance of dressing up for her performances.

She also spoke about why she has always been opposed to all-female collaborations, especially those whose selling point is that they are all-girl collaborations.

"There's a reason why I did what I did when I didn't do those female remixes, when I didn't jump on those songs, when I was okay that I wasn't on the 'Baddest' remix," she told Slikour.


"Because I would have never shined as Nadia Nakai," she explained. "I would have shined as another female rapper. And that's what I didn't want. I want when I'm involved in something, Nadia Nakai has an impact. Not just 'it's a whole bunch of girls together.'

Nadia explained that she feels a collaboration between her and another woman artist should be on the basis that it will be impactful because of their stature instead of gender.

"And that's the reason why I didn't wanna work with female rappers before because I felt like nobody had created anything for themselves to make the collaboration impactful," she says.

"Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj came together and that was impactful because they did so much on their own. So what exactly did the others do to make me feel like we can work together? Now we get to that point, and that's why I made the decisions I made, but people never understood when I was making them, they thought 'this chick is a bitch' or 'she's hurt because they left her out or.' No, everything was a reason for building my brand. And now I see the respect changing because people are getting it now."

South African hip-hop has had those moments, which are actually condescending to women who rap. For instance, DJ Switch released two remixes for his popular 2016 rappity rap single "Now or Never." The first remix, just like the original, featured an all-male lineup, but didn't carry with it any gender branding. The second remix however, facilitated by the DJ Ms Cosmo, was called the "LeFemme remix," and featured an all-female lineup.

While DJ Switch and Ms Cosmo may have overlooked the effect, it implied that the girls weren't good enough to rap alongside the boys.

This is similar to having a favorite female MC. What you are essentially saying is that you have your favorite MC and then your favorite female MC, because the two just can't be put in one rank.

Watch the full interview below, and watch the video for Nadia's latest single "Naaa Mean" featuring Cassper Nyovest underneath.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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