The Best Female Rappers Bands/Musicians
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The Best Female Rappers

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

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.
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    100
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    most listed
    Lauryn Hill

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    99
  3. 3
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
    88
  4. 4
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music More
    86
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music More
    84
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop More
    83
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    Hip hop music More
    80
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    MC Lyte

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
    80
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
    76
  10. 10
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat More
    70
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Contemporary R&B More
    69
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop More
    66
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap More
    66
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    Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop More
    64
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    Rah Digga

    Hip hop music More
    63
  16. 16
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    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues More
    60
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    Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing More
    57
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    Hip hop music More
    54
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
    53
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    Hip hop music, Nerdcore More
    53
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    Hip hop music More
    50
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    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop More
    49
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    The Lady of Rage

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
    49
    added by: M-seeStorm
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    Rasheeda

    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Crunk&B More
    48
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    ranked low on reranks
    Estelle

    47
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    Yo-Yo

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop More
    46
  27. 27
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B More
    45
  28. 28
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap More
    45
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    44
    added by: mal1
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap More
    43
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    often listed
    Gangsta Boo

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop More
    43
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music More
    42
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    LoLa Monroe

    42
  34. 34
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    Hip hop music More
    41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rapsody

    41
  36. 36
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Crunk More
    41
  37. 37
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop More
    41
  38. 38
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
    40
  39. 39
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    Hip hop music More
    39
  40. 40
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    Hip hop music More
    38
  41. 41
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop More
    38
  42. 42
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ivy Queen

    Hip hop music, Rap music, Bachata More
    37
  44. 44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Natina Reed

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    37
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    Melanie Brown

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    36
  46. 46
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music More
    36
    added by: M-seeStorm
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    34
  48. 48
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    Hip hop music, UK Garage, Contemporary R&B More
    34
  49. 49
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    Hip hop music, UK Garage, Electro house More
    33
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap More
    33
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