Got a fitness-related new year’s resolution? We’ve got an extra boost of motivation for you in the form of the fiercest female musicians. Yas. Kween.
Now haul your butts to the gym and werq it to these badass, for-women-by-women, inspiration-inducing tracks.
10. Princess Nokia – Tomboy
A woman who’s willing to break standards of beauty by rapping about her small breasts and “fat belly”, amongst other patriarchy-defying verses, is a definite heroine in our books. This gender-blurring pro-body image anthem should inspire you to work on your body but also be comfortable with it, whatever state it’s in.
9. Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz – Beez in the Trap
According to mic.com, this track celebrates the values of hard work and dedication, with “beez in the trap” being a term for getting everything and then some.
8. Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (That Thing)
Preach, Ms. Hill! Lauryn tells her fellow females to respect and value themselves and not to succumb to the pitfalls of avarice and cheapening oneself for men.
7. Beyoncé – Sorry
Women are often chastised for how they feel. More accurately titled “Sorry, not Sorry”, Queen Bey isn’t apologizing for her emotions in this song.
6. Kelis – Trick Me
This bouncy feel-good tune about never letting a man get one over you is perfect for any type of exercise.
5. Major Lazer feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell – Too Original
Although this track forgoes feminist principles, dancehall queen Elliphant stuns with this tune in what’s normally a male-dominated genre.
4. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
Can we just appreciate the utter perfection of this video? Getting back to the point, the “bad girl” in this song is one that rebels against her society’s rules.
3. CL – Hello Bitches
K-Pop’s resident bad girl delivers pure swag. Enough said.
2. Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay – 212
Exploding with attitude, this dance floor classic criticizes sleeping on the grind when you can use all your resources to climb to the top.
1. Nadia Rose – Skwod
New kid on the block, Nadia Rose raps about her gratitude for her sisters. If we could rap, we would too.