A few songs into her furious 20-minute rumble at the Belmont, 35-year-old hip-hop artist, Rapsody paused to break down her reasons for persevering in a music form that, over the last two decades, has been largely dismissive of women.

Rapsody performs at the all-female rapper showcase during SXSW at The Belmont on Thursday March 14th 2018. Dave Creaney / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

“I do it for her, and for her, and for her, and for you, and the daughter you may someday have if you don’t have one already, and your wife, and your sister,” she said, speaking directly to the women and men who had gathered for the all-female rap showcase. “I do it so women can know: anything a man can do, we can do just as well, if not 10 times better. So when they ask about Rapsody, don’t tell them I’m a female rapper. Don’t tell them I’m a female rapper, don’t tell them I’m a female emcee. When they ask you about Rapsody, you tell them I’m a (expletive) beast.”

It was a potent rallying cry, backed by the lyrically precise, but viscerally raw verses she savaged the crowd with as she blazed through “Nobody,” “Ooh Wee” and the title track from her excellent 2017 album, “Laila’s Wisdom,” one of the best hip-hop releases of the year.

.@rapsody is THE TRUTH y'all.