It’s safe to say we’ve taken the word “woman” to an entire new level. “The Woman” is fearless, strong, elegant, and task-oriented in 2018 and at VashtieDotCom, we’re here for it. On Wednesdays we celebrate not only a woman we’re crushing on, but a woman who’s crushing the scene in her respective career. Our Women Crushin’ It Wednesday today features the Trinidadian women in hip hop.
Trinidad and Tobago is a country with rich musical roots. It’s the home of the Carnival festival, Calypso and Chutney music. And its music scene continues to evolve. It’s the only place in the world to invent a non-electric instrument in the 20th century, which was the steelpan drum. As recent as the 70s, it became the birthplace of party music genre Soca. But this country is not limited to contributing to these genres alone. Trinidadian artists have heavily influenced hip hop too. For Women Crushing It Wednesday, we wanted to highlight some of the women of Trinidadian descent in hip hop. Check out our list below.
Taylor is of Trinidadian descent. In 2007, she was featured on an episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. Since then she has emerged as a musical artist, songwriter, dancer, model and actor. She was signed to Pharrell’s Star Trak label before switching to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, which led to her starring role in West’s “Fade” music video. She’s held reoccurring roles in The Breaks and Lee Daniels’ Star. Fittingly, she’s now landed back on reality TV. You can watch her on her new VH1 show, Teyana & Iman, which is about her life with her husband and daughter.
Minaj was born in Trinidad and raised in Queens. She attended LaGuardia Performing Arts High School. Afterwards, she performed Off-Broadway and joined a rap group called Hoodstars. She then became a solo artist and was signed by Dirty Money Entertainment after the CEO found her MySpace page. In 2009, she signed with Young Money, which is where she released all of her chart topping songs like “Moment 4 Life,” “Make Me Proud” and “Anaconda.” Following an entertaining rap battle with Remy Ma last year, she in expected to release her fourth album soon.
Cardi B., the daughter of a Trinidadian mother and a Dominican father, grew up listening to bachata, reggaeton and dancehall. She started out as an Instagram star, which led to a role on Love & Hip Hop: New York. While on the show, she used the platform to promote her budding rap career. She became the first female rapper to have a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow,” since 1998. This year, she was listed on TIME’s 100 list of the most influential people of the year.