Today's Song: Jean Grae 'Kill Screen'

Rich Juzwiak · 09/06/12 01:10PM

It's been an exceptional week for female rappers. Azealia Banks released a video for "1991" that does justice to that year's aesthetics (she called it homage to Madonna, Crystal Waters and Aaliyah, but I detect some swag copped from Black Box mouthpiece Katrin Quinol, too). Her clip has made my affection for the track jump exponentially. Missy Elliott debuted some new songs live. All we got was this shitty, blown-out YouTube video as a result, but still: new Missy. People care about Nicki Minaj's voting choices, and also she proved to be the best thing about the new Alicia Keys single, "Girl on Fire." (Too bad Alicia didn't release this earlier this year so she could have at least gotten some mileage out of the Hunger Games reference.)