Back to School Beats: Dope Female Artists You Should Add to Your Playlist.

(Gif via Fresh Pair of IIs)

(Gif via Fresh Pair of IIs)

It’s back to school season! An exciting time of year, but also a stressful one. So Le Reine Noire has curated a list of dope artists to ease your worries and remind you that Black Girl Magic is real. Music therapy anyone?

This playlist features up and coming women of color who we believe are killing it the music game right now. You may or may not have heard of these queens, but either way, you’ll be jamming. Enjoy!


1. Ari Lennox

This D.C. based singer/songwriter made her debut in 2012. She is now signed to J Cole's Dreamville Records. Last month she released her latest single, Whipped Cream.

Our picks: Night Drive, Whipped Cream



2. NonamE


Hailing from Chicago, Noname is a rapper and poet. She got her start with spoken word and poetry slams. A good friend of Chance the Rapper, she is featured on his album Coloring Book (2016). Now, her talent speaks for itself in her debut album Telefone (2016).

Our picks: Shadow Man, Reality Check



3. Jamila Woods


Another Chicago native and Brown University graduate, Woods is a singer/songwriter, activist, and poet. She is featured on Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment's Sunday Candy and makes an appearance in the music video as well. Woods also formed her own 'adventure soul' group named M&O.

Our picks: LSD, VRY BLK



4. NAO


Born Neo Jessica Joshua, and raised in East London. Nao is a British songstress with a genre-bending music style described by some as a cross between funk, electronica, and soul. She established her own music label 2014, Little Tokyo Recordings.

Our picks: EVERY track on For All We Know (2016), lol.



5. Jorja Smith


Smith is an English born singer/songwriter who began her debut with her 2014 single Blue Lights. She is signed with FAMM Records and has worked with artists like Stormzy and Drake. She was also featured on the Black Panther The Album: Music From and Inspired By (2018).

Our picks: Carry Me Home, Let Me Down



6. Snoh Aalegra


This Swedish-Persian R&B/Soul singer attributes her music style to the gloomy and melancholy days she spent growing up in London and Sweden. Slow, soulful ballads. Aalegra's song Time is sampled on Do Not Disturb from Drake's 2017 album More Life. She released her first full length album in 2017, FEELS.

Our picks: Time, Out of Your Way, Nothing Burns Like The Cold


So, what are you waiting for? Put your headphones in and turn the music up sis! And let us know how you feel about the artist and song choices in the comments!