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The Best Female Rappers

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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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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Folk music, Reggae, + more
    • Albums: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill, Greatest Singles Collection, MTV Unplugged, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Ruffhouse Records, Columbia
    • Career Began: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Missy Elliott
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop, Electronic dance music, Contemporary R&B, + more
    • Albums: Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive, Da Real World, This Is Not a Test!, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, Violator, Elektra Records, The Goldmind Inc., East West Records
    • Career Began: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz, Soul music, Gospel music, + more
    • Albums: All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light, The Dana Owens Album, Order in the Court, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Verve Music Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Motown Records, A&M Records, + more
    • Career Began: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Salt-N-Pepa
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap, Dance music
    • Albums: Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious, Blacks' Magic, Brand New, + more
    • Labels: London Records, Next Plateau Entertainment, PolyGram
    • Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Eve
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music, East Coast hip hop, Reggae, + more
    • Albums: Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion, Lip Lock, Here I Am, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Geffen Records, EMI, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Interscope Records, + more
    • Career Began: West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music, Dance-pop, + more
    • Albums: Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships, Barbie World: The Mixtape, Stupid Hoe, + more
    • Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America
    • Labels: Young Money Entertainment, Universal Republic Records, Cash Money Records, Universal Motown Records
    • Career Began: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music, East Coast hip hop, + more
    • Albums: The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM, La Bella Mafia, How Many Licks (feat. Sisqo), + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: International Rock Star Records, Atlantic Records, G-Unit Records, I.R.S. Records
    • Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Lisa Lopes
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music, Contemporary R&B, Dance music
    • Albums: Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A, The Block Party, Forever... The EP
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: LaFace Records, Death Row Records, Arista Records
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat, New rave, Electro hop, + more
    • Albums: Kala, Arular, Matangi, Maya, Bang (The Remixes), + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: XL Recordings, Interscope Records, Roc Nation
    • Career Began: Mitcham, London, London, United Kingdom
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
    • Albums: Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know, Ain't No Other, Eyes on This, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, First Priority Music, East West Records
    • Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, + more
    • Albums: Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence, Brooklyn's Don Diva, Black Roses, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Roc-A-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, E1 Music
    • Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Trina
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Contemporary R&B, Miami bass, Southern hip hop
    • Albums: Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life, Amazin', Still da Baddest, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, EMI, Slip-n-Slide Records
    • Career Began: Miami, Florida, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music
    • Albums: Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P., Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: So So Def Recordings
    • Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap, Electronic music, Alternative dance, + more
    • Albums: Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste, 212, Yung Rapunxel, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: XL Recordings, Universal Music Group, Polydor Records, Interscope Records
    • Career Began: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop
    • Albums: Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Doggystyle Records, Death Row Records
    • Career Began: Farmville, Virginia, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop, Rap music, Electronic dance music, + more
    • Albums: Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP, iTunes Festival: London 2013, Bounce, + more
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Labels: Mercury, The Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Records, Grand Hustle Records
    • Career Began: Mullumbimby, Australia
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music
    • Albums: Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down, And Another One, Party Over Here (feat. Lloyd Banks), + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Murder Inc Records, Universal Records, Universal Music Group
    • Career Began: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Remy Ma
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
    • Albums: There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, Streetsweepers Present: The Best of Remy Martin, Remy's Back, There's Something About Remy: Chopped and Screwed Version, Whats My Name, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: SRC Records, Capitol Records
    • Career Began: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music, East Coast hip hop, Electro, + more
    • Albums: Lip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Jive Records, RCA/Jive Label Group, Zomba Group of Companies, RCA Records
    • Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop
    • Albums: You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode, Total Control, Ebony
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, Asylum Records, Elektra Records, East West Records
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