It’s Yacko, Denada, Ramengvrl and More

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It’s Yacko, Denada, Ramengvrl and More

I am so glad to be alive to know that now we have reached a turning point in our music industry. For a very long time Rap did not get much space in the Indonesian main music stream. And when it did make an entry into the music stage, the lyrics mainly talked about things which are, from my perspective as an Indonesian girl, maintaining the status quo with regards to the reality of sexism in our society.

Thanks to YouTube and other social media platforms, a handful of Indonesian Rap female artists have made their debuts and have begun to talk about gender inequality, sexual harassment, domestic violence and women’s rights. Here is my intro to five of them (not in a particular order).

    1. ++Yacko++ She would be the most outstanding female rapper in Indonesia, who happens to be an educator as well. She lectures at UNIPREP and UniSadhuGuna International College in Jakarta, while advocates for women’s rights and for survivors of sexual harassment. After making a stage appearance in the opening night at La Belle Hip Hop Festival to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Yacko is promoting the annual women’s march in Jakarta  #womensmarchjkt #marchingwithme I think many of you would agree with me to say that Yacko raises the bar for Indonesian female rap artists to be advocates for gender issues.
    2. ++DENADA++ has been around for many years, and her music has evolved. Always in the hip hop genre, she has become more vocal in her recent songs. For example, this one “MUTHA FUTHA”, which reads mother-father, says something about motherhood and parenthood. 
    3. ++Ramengvrl++ Most of her lyrics are in English, with a few Indonesian phrases in between.  In her latest single “I am me”, she claims her right as an individual, with her own right and subjectivity, as a response to the ways in which other people had been trying to turn her “into something that fits their standard”. Here she meant to stand up against beauty standards which objectify women (and sometimes, men) and speak for the rights of each individual to be her/his own self. A little bit of warning, her words belong to the EXPLICIT
    4. CONTENT category.

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  1. ++G’SQUAD++ recently released a song about an Indo girl. While not explicitly talking about sexism nor violence against women, she depicts the subjectivity of an Indo girl. Here is my interpretation: I am an Indo girl … no matter in which way of life you may be walking. 
  2. ++ANGELA LEE++ As a newbie in the Indonesian Rap music industry, Angela Lee has what it takes. She herself is a former victim of money laundering and has been working in the entertainment industry as a TV presenter, she would know what it means to be objectified by the popular media. So, her first Rap (lyrics in Javanese – one among many Indonesian indigenous languages) rightly speaks up against the way people gossip about others and stare at women’s bodies.
    Those are my two cents. Hope you get to know more about Indonesian rap artists.

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