“Hipco,” a blend of rap music comprising Hip-hop and the Liberian “colloquial”. It is a difficult genre that requires hard work and creative wit in order to stay relevant in the game. Male artists from the early days have dominated the genre for years, but there have been few female rappers who turned the odds around to gain status.
These female MCs, though few in number, have contributed significantly to Hipco music through their unique lyrical content and originality, which gives them legendary status in their own rights.
Notable among these female rappers is Avenette Sirleaf, alias Queen V, whose fearlessness broke the odds by becoming the first female rap artist to release a single when opportunities for women in the genre was very scarce.
From the very first day that Hipco started to gain momentum in 2006, Queen V blazed the trail for other female rap artists with her hit single “Far Way to Go.”
Since then she has released 11 singles and done several collaborative hits some of which have rocked the industry. She has remained a relevant force in the industry due to her unique lyrical flow and unique style of expression that have helped to redefine the genre.
The female rapper topped her male counterparts when she won the 2013 “Song of the Year” from the Liberia Music Award (LMA) for the smash hit “Jue You Bad.”
Though Queen V has yet to release an album and though her singles are far between, she exudes a matchless confidence and grit on nearly every track, versatile in her performances.
While the catalog of Queen V music is hardly a page long, the unique thing about her is that she carries Hipco everywhere she goes. In 2008 the she came first place in the Nigeria based reality TV competition, The Next Movie Star, which catapulted her to the sub-regional stage and also positioned her as not just a rapper, but also a bona fide personality with a brand potential that still has yet to be developed.
During her brief absence from the industry recently to focus on motherhood, Queen V said she has been behind the scenes, pioneering the feminist agenda that has seen more female emcees in the industry nowadays.
While in Ghana, where she has resided for the past year, she recorded her latest single, “You Na Want Me” featuring PCK and L’Franklin, which is already on the airwaves.