Who Run the World?

Hip-hop's next royals are likely to be women. Meet the new queens of the scene.

Tuneage // Rebecca Haithcoat // 09/06/12
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First ladies of hip-hop: Azealia Banks (left) and Iggy Azalea
First ladies of hip-hop: Azealia Banks (left) and Iggy Azalea

East Coast vs. West Coast: Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea

It's like Biggie and Tupac all over again. These women are the top players in the coastal hip-hop game.

You're forgiven if you've been confusing Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. After all, the two share more than just blossomy names. They're both female rappers in their early 20s who snapped the Internet to attention with explicit odes to oral sex, making it readily apparent neither lady is a delicate flower.

It's been almost two decades since the notorious East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop rivalry, and, while the Internet continues to make the world smaller, the competition between coasts still exists. If 2012 is the year of the female rapper, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea are the new faces in each corner. Banks couldn't be more New York. She grew up in Harlem performing in off-Broadway musicals, is heavily influenced by the city's '90s-era vogueing scene (listen to her house-rap EP 1991) and sometimes look so much like in-her-prime Lil' Kim it causes a double take....(read more in the October/November 2012 Music Issue).

To read more about Iggy, Angel Haze, Kilo Kish, Kitty Pryde, Rye Rye, Syd the Kyd and more, pick up a copy of the Music Issue on newsstands starting September 11, or download it on the iPad now!

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