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A list of female rappers and women known for their skills on the mic. Since the early days of hip-hop, women have taken a large part in crafting the genre's overall tone and sound. Though hip-hop music is commonly associated with misogynist lyrics and a glorification of male-exclusive camaraderie, there have always been women taking part as well, off-setting this attitude with a steely, seen-it-all perspective of their own. Sometimes, women would make up a part of a successful rap group, such as Digable Planets. But just as often, women would pursue their own solo rap careers, often with the assistance or stewardship of an established male rap act. (For example, Bahamadia got an early boost in the '90s from Gang Starr's Guru. Lil' Kim, as well, was mentored in the rap game by none other than the late Biggie Smalls himself.)

Who are the best female rappers? As of today, many ladies who rap are just as notable and get just as much buzz for new releases as men, and the female MC is an accepted part of mainstream hip-hop culture. So much so, in fact, that more recent female hip-hop acts like Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea are more like commentaries on the place for women in rap culture.

List Criteria: Only female rappers & hip hop artists, no pop or R&B singers

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
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    Lauryn Hill

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
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    Bahamadia

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Nerdcore More
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    Nicki Minaj

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B More
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap More
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    Neneh Cherry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
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    Jacki-O

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop More
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    Rasheeda

    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Crunk&B More
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Crunk More
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    Ivy Queen

    Hip hop music, Rap music, Bachata More
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    Gangsta Boo

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop More
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    Azealia Banks

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap More
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    Iggy Azalea

    Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop More
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    Lady Sovereign

    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electro More
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    Melanie Brown

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
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    Angie Martinez

    Hip hop music More
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Reggae More
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
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    Queen Pen

    Hip hop music More
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap More
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Electro hop More
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    LoLa Monroe

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    Kid Sister

    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electro More
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