Typically male dominated, the rap game hasn’t seen this number of emerging women in hip-hop in a while. Since the debut of Tink, Queen Key and CupcakKe, Chicago especially hasn’t really had a frontwoman in that lane – until now.
Rapper Baha Banks is ready to pick up the scepter and crown herself supreme queen after recently holding a private listening event in Chicago for her debut project, Big Bank.
The EP marks a major milestone for the mother of one and college graduate, who has only been rapping professionally for a year and a half. In that short time, however, she has released multiple singles including “MAD,” "Too Hot”, and “Need Dat,” as well as her viral hit “Shake Dat A***” featuring fellow Chicagoan, Chance, The Rapper.
Big Bank is the next step in her evolution.
“I really worked really hard on this and I feel like with me getting my brother, Chance, on “Shake That A$”, people feel like I had a cheat code — like I didn’t earn it,” she tells BET.com.
She then went on to reveal the meaning behind the EP title.
“Big Bank is definitely, one-hundred percent my alter ego,” she tells us. “Like Beyonce and Sasha Fierce, that’s the go-hard, ain’t no IG model type s***,” she continued.
At the event she played a medley of different tunes, touching all sounds imaginable. “If yall ain’t know, I make pop music too,” she said before cuing the EP’s sixth track, “CUVEE”. “This is one of my R&B songs,” she announced at another time before playing ‘Don’t Tell Nobody”.
Check out Baha Banks' Big Bank above and check her out live performing on the first of the three day Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash stage on August 20 in Chicago also featuring live performances by Pooh Shiesty, A$AP Rocky, Mulatto, Lil Baby, Gunna and many more surprise guest performers.