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List Rules 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.
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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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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#56 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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#39 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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Lauryn Hill


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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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#60 on The Best Current Female Singers

#92 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#93 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#31 on The Best Political Musicians

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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Queen Latifah


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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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#33 on The Best African American Actors in Film

#49 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#35 on The Best Film Actors Who Got Famous on TV First

#12 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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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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#50 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

#19 on A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors

#3 on The Best Dressed Women in Hip-Hop

#4 on Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Forgot You Loved

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