Lioness and the return of female grime

Back in 2011, there was a group of female artists that were everywhere on social media. Some of the artists included were: Lady Leshurr, Amplify Dot, NoLay, Mz Bratt, Baby Blue, Ms Dynamite and of course, Lioness. Born and raised in South London she was known for her flow, bars and also for her wordplay too. She was also one of the artists that were featured in the female all-stars MCs and is now back with a bang.

“But tell me who goes missing for six years and still gets put in the same sentence as you?”

Where female grime artists going mainstream was unheard of, Lioness went on a hiatus working hard on a low, while new UK music genres like Afro-Swing and UK rap took centre stage.

But last summer, after six years, the iconic Fem-C made her return by releasing a new track, accompanied by black & white visuals for “Everything Mad”.


Since last summer Lioness has hit us with freestyles on BBC 1Xtra, Tim & Barry and for Radar Radio (before their suspension of course!) She is now using her platform to discuss colourism in the UK, how it is perceived by others and also in the industry as well.

More recently, Lioness recruited O.G artists Queenie, Stush, Shystie, Lady Leshurr and a younger artist Little Simz for DBT (Dead Black Ting) Remix in which (you would suspect) that they talk about colourism and how it separates black people by their complexion.

Having entered the scene as grime pioneer, always repping South-East London (where I’m from), Lioness’s return is a breath of fresh air and an asset to the UK’s music scene. Is she here to stay? Will the Grime-scene’s women take over?

Words by Hadjeley Zacabi

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