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It's hard out there for a female rapper

No matter how many times Nicki Minaj blows a guest verse out of the stratosphere, or MIA ghost-rides a whip in Sri Lanka, ladies of hip-hop will always have hurdles of male braggadocio to conquer before one slick-lick of their own will be taken seriously.

Perhaps, though, with a new onslaught of girly swagger flowing from the likes of Kreayshawn, Thee Satisfaction, and Azaelia Banks (just to name a few), the Y -Chromosome will take a hint and step aside to let the ladies take a turn at the mic.

What better time than ever for local fave K. Flay to step in. Smart, as she is cunning, angry as she is soft, and humble as she is cocky – K. Flay represents a new generation of kids who grew up loving hip-hop, but did not need to emulate the street culture that it embodied in order to make successful music. Grounded more in indie rock, the double-Stanford graduate spits rollercoaster-fast rhymes about 20-something angst and suburban life over electro-beats that are more party rock than club bangers. Wielding such a varietal approach to a genre that has a hard time stepping out of the box, it is no wonder that the likes of Passion Pit, Snoop Dogg, and fellow mind-bender Theophilus London have asked the spry lady-wordsmith to join them on tour. April 5, 10 p.m. at Popscene Club Night at Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F. Get tickets here