Colorism is one of the biggest issues in the music industry and is a huge reason as to why so many talented dark skinned Black women go unnoticed. Everyday there’s a new light skinned artist rising to the top overnight, talented or not, while dark skinned Black women continue to hustle and be ignored by not only their peers in the industry but also to potential audiences. If they’re not deemed attractive or respectable enough then they’re thrown to the side and ignored, despite having immense talent and something special to share to the world.
It’s even harder being an indie artist when you’re dark skinned because you’re doing most of the work, so here’s a little list to put you on to some new artists. It’s time we actively start recognizing upcoming dark skinned talent and giving them the support not out of pity but simply because they deserve it.
One of my favorite rappers of all time, Noname poetically raps over nostalgic melodies that bring back bittersweet memories you thought you’d forgotten. She nonchalantly raps about pressing and serious issues like police brutality, substance abuse, poverty, abortion, etc. in a soothing and poetic way that makes you want to lie in bed and stare at the ceiling in a trance as you listen. You can listen to her debut mixtape here and here.