While admitting that she largely focuses on her career and building her own musical empire, Dancehall Queen Spice said the number of talented female artistes currently rising from the genre is nothing to frown upon. In an interview with US lifestyle publication, Essence Magazine, last week, Spice revealed that she is all about female empowerment, and said gone are the days when only one artiste reigned supreme in any genre.
When asked about her dream collaborators, the Go Down Deh deejay said her list is long, but name-dropped Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B and Beyonce among her favourites. Pointing out that each of the women listed was making their own moves in the music sphere, Spice indicated how the industry has opened up to allow more women to rise to the top. “I want to highlight to people that so many females rappers are doing extremely well and it wasn’t like that in the past. Just like for me in the dancehall genre. There are so many females that are out now; it wasn’t like that a couple of years ago, so we all have to just embrace each other and give dues,” she said. She said the same shift that happened in dancehall has also happened in hip hop. “There are so many women in the hip hop world (today). Once upon a time it was only Lil Kim that was reigning and doing good, but now I can tell you I’d love to collab with Nicki Minaj, I’d love to collab with Cardi B, I’d love to collab with Megan Thee Stallion,” she said.
Giving props to former dancehall queen Lady Saw, Spice said there was a time when the now-Christian was the only female dancehall artiste making big moves on the entertainment scene. She went on to say that with so much negativity in the industry, female empowerment should be everyone’s prime focus. “In dancehall, there are a lot of females [that are] doing extremely well. Jada Kingdom is doing well, Shenseea is doing well, Pamputtae out there, we all doing well. There are so many females in the genre right now doing well; there’s no denying that, and that’s what the focus should be on,” she said.
Spice said women are stepping up to the plate in a big way. “I remember times when it was just me … and once upon a time, there was only Lady Saw. A lot of people tearing each other down, but we need to highlight how women are stepping up to the plate right now, and all of us are doing well,” she said.
“Let’s talk about all these beautiful black women [that are] doing good. That’s what I’m about right now, and I am feeling really excited about that,” she continued, also highlighting how much unity her collaboration with Grammy-winning artistes Sean Paul and Shaggy has brought to music. “Dancehall is huge; it’s very impactful. So many genres take from us, and it’s good to see that we were able to come together and collab on a track like Go Down Deh. It’s been doing extremely well, and I am just so happy that we were able to showcase the unity within our genre,” she said.