Femcee Madness Round 2: SW (Freshest)

The brackets have been updated and the polls are opened - and this is the bracket of upsets! Here are the rappers looking for your votes to get one step closer to the final four. You can also check out the Spotify playlist to hear a few selections from each Femcee. bracket (2)

(16) Little Simz    vs.    (8) Noname

Not entirely surprisingly, Little Simz took out the #1 seed Iggy Azalia with 100% of the votes in the first round, making it the biggest upset of the competition. Noname also won her first round match by a landslide against Sasha Go Hard, and now these two rappers (who are both my favourites right now) are facing off, making for one of the most difficult decisions so far.

Little Simz' verse is at 1:30 of this Kehlani track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhTihVaMO7Q

After singing with Eryn Allen Kane on the hook, Noname's verse starts at 0:47.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMkx5PkC1JE

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(5) Azealia Banks    vs.    (13) Lizzo

Azealia Banks will not go down without a fight, already proven in her tight match against Nyemiah Supreme. Lizzo has been a staple at my personal house parties since September, but it was still a bit of a surprise when she narrowly beat out Brooklyn fave, Young M.A. This one could get ugly.

Did anyone else know this happened? Find Azealia after 1:00.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQYdXdzkQD0

Skip to 0:55 for Lizzo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_r1FLpZoAI

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(14) Sammus    vs.    (6) Dej Loaf

Sammus was able to pull off a surprising upset against Tink in the first round - are people mad because Tink is singing so much lately? But I'm not mad, because Sammus is one of my favourite philosophical storytellers in rap right now. Here she goes up against Dej Loaf, who just barely beat out her 11th seed opponent, Gifted Gab, but is making critics crazy with envy for her chill flow and eclectic, gender fluid style.

Sammus' verse is at 1:35

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svPyXY1OZ2c

Along with singing the hook, Dej can be found trading bars with The Game from 1:15 on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=095Jdku7wo8

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(7) Angel Haze    vs.    (2) Rapsody

Angel Haze had no trouble taking out Lee Mazin to get here. Then again, Rapsody beat out Princess Nokia with the exact same number of votes. Though they're both newer to the industry, they are already established as memorable classics, and continue to push their game forward while encouraging others to do the same. I know who I'll be voting for, but it's not going to be easy.

Find Angel just after 1:20.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ6B4ATQKEY

Rapsody shows up on Talib's track at 1:50.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeRp34Uol7Y

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If you haven't already voted for the polls in the NW quadrant, make sure you head over there next: Femcee Madness Round 2: NW (Fresh)