No matter if you’ve been down with the hip-hop scene for decades, or you’re new to bumpin’ to the emotive lyrical persuasiveness of artists, it can hardly be argued that hip-hop is has the power to affect all of us. Established artists such as Jay Z and Puffy Daddy have long been revered for their lyrical prowess, however there are a number of underground artists that have mad skills on the mic. Here’s a look at some underground female talent that you may or may not know of.

Angel Haze

In 2012 Angel Haze released her debut EP, Reservation. This 22 year old native Michigan immediately drew attention for her version of Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ and single ‘Werkin Girls.’ Spitting super-clean lyrics with no filter Angel Haze has garnered much respect for her lyrical brilliance.

Awkwafina

Hailing from Queens, Awkwafina broke out as an east coast rapper upon returning from university in Beijing. Her raw talent and unique personality have seen her become one of the most recognisable faces on the New York scene. Producing a collection of beats and tunes she’s known for her sick and distinguishable lyrics.

Rapsody

This rap queen began her career in her hometown of Snow Hill, North Carolina. The past three years have seen her release five powerful mix tapes, the most recent being ‘She Got Game’ last year. Rapsody has soul, which is no more evident than on tracks, ‘Believe Me’, ‘Kind of Love’ and ‘Dark Nights’. Often compared to hip-hop royalty, Lauren Hill her dope tunes are both melodic and contagious.

Dessa

Talented, and part of the rap collective, Doomtree for almost a decade, Dessa is a master of ceremonies on the mic and has released three solo albums over the last three years – the most recent being ‘Parts of Speech.’ A genius wordsmith, Dessa’s rhymes feel like straight up poetry.

FM Supreme

Well known throughout her native Chicago, FM Supreme is building a bumpin’ reputation for herself. Having won various poetry slams in her hometown, she’s shared the stage with contemporaries like Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte and Common. Tackling a wealth of social themes that she’s experienced in childhood in Chicago she’s known for her inspiring and recharging lyrics.

K. Flay

A Stamford graduate, K. Flay hails from San Francisco by way of Wilmette, Illnois. Her first mix tape, Suburban Rap Queen dropped in 2004 with her first self-titled EP following in 2010. With sharp, witty lyrics that have been described as playful and to the point, the sky is the limit for this rap queen

If you haven’t sampled the beats and lyrics of these talented six then get your hands on a mix tape or EP. They all have game.