Introducing: Lola Brooke
This Brooklyn-based rapper is stepping on other drill rappers with her small feet!
I recently came across a viral video last night of a petite queen with a very unexpected but extremely POWERFUL voice.
Currently, drill music is dominating New York City. Artists like Kay Flock, B-Lovee, Sheff G, and Fivio Foreign are just some of the more popular names amongst the drill music scene.
Lola Brooke is a native to Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. She has reportedly been writing music since she was eight years old, and began her rap career at the age of 23. Standing at only 4’9, her dreams are bigger than her; and she has all of the capabilities to make them happen.
In 2016, Lola signed with the record label Team80, who also manages artists like Bleezy and Jay Watts. She dropped her music video to a freestyle titled “2017 Flow” on January 1st, 2017. Throughout the years, Lola has been building more and more of a buzz around her name. Her voice has a lot of bass to it, which is super powerful and definitely makes her stand out. Also, her hard-hitting lyrics, which highlight the girl boss she is. If I had to compare, I would say that I get a Cardi B vibe off of her. I guess that’s just the New York toughness in them!
Women In Rap
Over the most recent years, women have been dominating the rap scene. Of course we’ve had some notable female rappers throughout the years like Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, and more. After 2015 when Cardi B stepped on the scene, coming from Love & Hip Hop: New York, many other women became confident enough to step on the scene.
Rappers like Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah had a very masculine kind of swagger. This gave them a more intimidating demeanor, just because during that time the rap industry belonged to the men. When Lil’ Kim came out, she owned her femininity which was intimating because even as she embodied her femininity, she was owning the rap game and getting the same respect as her male counterparts.
This confidence paved the way for rappers like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Minaj and Cardi are hyper-feminine in their looks and often their lyrics, but rap with a gangsta-like tone; the way that men do. They get overly-sexual with most of their lyrics to show a dominance and confidence, which intimidates men, and is precisely the reason why female rappers are dominating the industry right now.
In 2022, there are many female rappers with recognition that are paving the way for future aspiring rappers. Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Doja Cat, GloRilla, Latto, and more are setting the tone, testing the rap boundaries, and looking good while they’re at it!
Lola Brooke: Remember The Name
Lola may look sweet and girly in her pictures, but once she spits bars you’d be surprised. In that small body of hers, she hides a powerful voice.
In an interview with Girls United, she talks about her newest song ‘Gator Season’, which was released on August 26, 2022. She explains that “Gator Season” is her “telling the world, ‘No matter how much pressure you put on me, I’m gonna pull through… “Gator Season” is me loving on myself. Me telling you, this time, is my time”. This strong statement is a true one.
Lola has been in the rap scene for a while, but many people still don’t know about her. That’s because she’s been working so hard behind the scenes to make sure that she gets to where she wants to. She’s even co-signed by artists like Meek Mill, Jadakiss, and DJ Envy. In the interview, she says “The co-signs are great, but I do know that these artists can’t change my life without me helping my career”.
This confidence and motivation is definitely one to look up to. Many artists rush the process to become famous; Lola is enjoying the ride as she’s on her way to stardom. Slow and steady wins the race!
As of recent, Lola performed for Rolling Loud’s 2022 New York City event, for the first day of the festival on September 23rd. This was her debut performance after going viral on social media for her song “Don’t Play With It”. She walked up with the most confidence and did her thing!
You can watch the video here: