Band/Musician The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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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.
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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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#125 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#1357 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#76 on The Best Current Female Singers

#252 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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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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#548 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#248 on The Best Singers of All Time

#69 on The Best Current Female Singers

#88 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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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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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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#226 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#925 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#880 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#47 on The Best Qualities in a Friend

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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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#108 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#60 on The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

#162 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#46 on The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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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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#116 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#879 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#332 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#242 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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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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#725 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#595 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#36 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#366 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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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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#461 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#360 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#118 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#48 on The Best Rappers of the 2000s

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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M.I.A.


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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: Sri Lanka, United Kingdom

Labels: XL Recordings, Interscope Records, Roc Nation

Career Began: Mitcham, London, London, United Kingdom

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#8 on The Best British Rappers of All Time

#50 on The Best Political Musicians

#155 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#130 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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