Legends & Future Legends: A List Of Today’s Talented Female Artists & Their Iconic Influences was originally published on globalgrind.com
1. Legend: Lauryn HillSource:Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill is an undeniable talent, who has influenced generations. Fans are eager to hear her on current albums like Kanye West’s Donda, and to see she’s reuniting with The Fugees for a special tour.
2. Future Legend: Kari FauxSource:Kari Faux
Kari Faux just dropped off her latest project Lowkey Superstar, and she wasn’t lying. This girl possesses a talent that you must witness for yourself. The way she raps and sings an infectious melody reminds us of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.
3. Legend: Janet JacksonSource:Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson… dare we say more? She is an iconic talent who can sing, dance and act. The girls will try but there will only be one Janet Jackson.
4. Future Legend: NormaniSource:Normani
Normani is THAT girl. “Wild Side” may just be the video of the year for its memorable looks, choreography and mesmerizing hook. Normani may be inspired by the greats like Janet Jackson, but she’s creating a space perfectly crafted for her.
5. Legend: Nicki MinajSource:Nicki Minaj
Now, Nicki Minaj. We’re strictly talking about the music and her influence during the 2000’s. She came on the scene with a group of male rappers as one of the only female MC’s in Young Money. Nicki’s animated style and legendary flow is what catapulted her into pop stardom.
6. Future Legend: Megan Thee StallionSource:Megan Thee Stallion
From her recent partnerships with Cash App and Nike to her effortless flow and style, Megan Thee Stallion is the moment. There are definitely hints of Nicki Minaj influence in the way she raps and the dramatics in her visuals. Just as there is only one Nicki Minaj, Thee Stallion is a one-of-one.
7. Future Legend: Yung Baby TateSource:Yung Baby Tate
Yung Baby Tate has been working! She’s an artist who can sing, rap and produce. With that fact alone, she may have already surpassed her influences. Her animated flow and viral social media antics reminds us a lot of Nicki Minaj’s career trajectory. Don’t get it twisted, YBT is YBT.
8. Legend: Erykah BaduSource:Erykah Badu
Didn’t Cha Know, there can only be one Erykah Badu. Her soulfulness and poetic melodies meshed perfectly to create the timeless songs we still sing loud and proud. Badu is the gift that keeps on giving.
9. Future Legend: Ari LennoxSource:Ari Lennox
Ari Lennox’s tone is unforgettable. It’s hard to not compare her to Badu vocally. She’s slowly forging her own path with a style that is undeniable. Her latest single “Pressure” is already leaving its imprint on music.
10. Future Legend: Lion Babe’s Jillian HarveySource:Lion Babe
The producer and artist duo, Lion Babe, has been curating their signature sound. Jillian Harvey is a stand out talent that is quite underrated. Her sound feels familiar. It reminds us of an iconic voice like Badu’s. Don’t sleep on Lion Babe.