Clearly, Charmaine is really good at first impressions. The title of her major label debut—which came last fall—is also the most apt descriptor of the Zimbabwe-born, Toronto-bred rapper’s sound and look: BOLD. Canada has no shortage of women in rap but there is an imbalance of who gets the spotlight. While the industry at large sees a female rap renaissance, Charmaine is helping to get Canada caught up. Look for her next single to arrive towards the end of February. —Sumiko Wilson