As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20”. Looking back at the year 2020, we can see with a perfect vision what women did for hip hop in the world of social media. We witnessed the internet swarming from Instagram to Tik Tok with all manner of social media challenges to these hip hop hits we could not get enough of in 2020. In remembrance of the year that brought us an incredible virus while making others incredibly viral, we have the following list of the Top 5 Tiktok sounds of 2020 by female rappers.
5. Erica Banks – Buss It
Buss It was such an instant hit it became a Tik Tok challenge to prove how well an individual could clean up their appearance. Ladies especially began in front of their cameras in bonnets and robes and ending their uploads in finery. With Megan Thee Stallion popularizing the fine usage of her sturdy knees, the signature dance move in the Buss It challenge became a spread eagle style dance the lady rapper is known for. It has been said many times over that the overall winner of the Buss It challenge was Chloe Bailey, the older sister in the Chloe and Halle Bailey duo managed by Beyonce.
4. Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyonce – Savage Remix
Speaking of Megan Thee Stallion, are we at all surprised that her very special knees inspired a song by Mouse on tha Track entitled “Knees like Megan”? We are also not surprised by Megan Thee Stallion being one of the reigning queens when it comes to TikTok sounds. She dominated with the Savage Remix after a young Tik Tok content creator choreographed a dance that millions of people would eventually perform all 2020. Here is that trend, as well as the Knees like Megan trend.
3. Saweetie – Tap in
Landing on our list of the top 5 TikTok sounds of 2020 by female rappers at number 3 is Saweetie with Tap-In. Gen Z became notably creative with all manner of remixes to this song. At the time, Tik Tok only allowed uploads of 60 seconds or less. This is why these songs are referred to as sounds instead of songs. The full music could not be played in the short span of time, but rather only a snippet of the sound. Now in 2021, TikTok is rolling out the privilege of allowing certain creators to record three-minute videos, which will likely be available to all TikTok users within the year.
2. Doja Cat featuring Nicki Minaj – Say So
Perhaps one of the most creative Tik Tok trends was under the sound of Say So by Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj. Under this Tik Tok sound, we saw Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z, and even some boomers, along with Gen alpha expressing annoyances to this song. In the song lyrics, Doja Cat repeats, “I didn’t even notice,” a line that inspired many to air out their grievances with interpersonal microaggressions. For example, girls accustomed to wearing hair extensions would air out how redundant others can be when they exclaim, “That’s not your real hair!” by playing the sound, “I didn’t even notice” as a satirical form of sarcasm to shut down the nuisance who is evidently stating the obvious. Check it out here:
1. Cardi B Featuring Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Although this list is in no particular order, the WAP fiasco of 2020 deserves to be mentioned here as number one on our top 5 Tik Tok sounds of 2020 by female rappers list. From the racy music video to the Grammy Award Show performance, these two ladies could not catch a break from societal backlash regarding the song’s lyrics. As if Uncle Luke did not walk so the two girls could run. As if Nelly and his Tip Drill music video and lyrics do not exist. Many credits the hypocrisy to misogyny and sexism. Fun Fact: Uncle Luke is literally responsible for the black and white Parental Advisory sticker that once adorned every rap CD cover until we decided to stream and upload our music instead.
Brian Esperon, a choreographer from Guam on TikTok, posted his interpretive dance at the start of August 2020 to the female empowerment anthem. He has over 1 million followers now after posting several tutorials to help others participate in the trend. An honorable mention here is actually a song by Rasheeda from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Critics have said the music is so bad it’s suitable for TikTok. You be the judge: