Dreka Gates and the Women of Hip-Hop Highlighting First Edition of WCE
By Joye Pruitt
Dreka Gates, Omeretta the Great and Trakgirl have branded themselves in the hip-hop industry and deserve the respect they have worked to hard to attain in fashion, music and management.
Dreka Gates is the queen you want on your side – just ask Kevin Gates. Often, the accomplishments of the woman behind the scenes become discounted. Kevin refuses to let anyone shortchange his wife’s influence in his life. The rapper shouts out his wife of four years at every opportunity and rightfully so.
The beautiful booking agent, influencer and co-founder of The Breadwinners’ Association record label recently posted several images to Instagram of a photoshoot, courtesy of LA-based photographer Shannon Laurine, that embodies the regality of an Egyptian goddess.
Her combination of determination, loyalty and love forged her path in the hip-hop industry and granted her the space to help Kevin Gates’ career to where it is now.
Omeretta the Great
Omeretta the Great is the highlight of every week. From her flows to Gyzime, a fly fashion collection created by the female emcee, Omeretta has the personality and drive to conquer all the hurdles the game will or has already tossed in her direction.
Her clothing line is a cross-generational production, with styles that seem inspired by the past but recreated in a confident color palette and materials that make the pieces present. Lyrically, Omeretta throttles a lot of the commercially popular rappers. Her hardcore lyrics in the recently released track, Pressure, boast glocks, cash and clout but she has the range to put out a song like “Love Me”, which focuses on love, confusion and betrayal.
Trakgirl, born Shakari Boles, is a young music producer who has already worked with big enough names to garner respect, but wants to explore broader avenues and create lanes for women in music technology. Pay Us Today, a platform curated by Boles, has the objective of ensuring that the industry’s creatives are compensated as fairly.
Trakgirl landed her first placement with Omarion by her sophomore year at Howard University and has moved on to work with artists like Jhene Aiko and Luke James. Her genre is widely recognized as R&B but the depth of her tracks allows her to partner with bands like Mansions on the Moon or a rapper such as Belly for a step outside the box. Trakgirl operates in a male-dominant field but continues to carve her own lane regardless of those circumstances.
Dreka Gates, Omeretta the Great and Trakgirl are not the only women within hip-hop that have earned their name in lights. Whether in fashion, music or production, there are hoards of women deserving of a national platform and recognition.
Until then, Rhyme Junkie has the Women Crush Everyday series to serve up their roses.