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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    the people's #1
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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    Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Lisa Lopes Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music

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    Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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    MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    MC Lyte Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music

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    Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Trina Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Contemporary R&B

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    Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Azealia Banks Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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    Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Rah Digga Hip hop music

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    Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Remy Ma Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    The Lady of Rage Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Iggy Azalea Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop

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    Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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    Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Lil' Mama Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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    Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Yo-Yo Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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    Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Angel Haze Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

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    Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Monie Love Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing

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    Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Roxanne Shanté Hip hop music

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    Estelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Estelle Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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    Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Shawnna Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Kesha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Rasheeda Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Crunk&B

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    Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Jean Grae Hip hop music, Nerdcore

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    Fergie (singer) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Fergie (singer) Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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    Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Dej Loaf

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Ciara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, UK Garage, Contemporary R&B

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    Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Sister Souljah

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    Hip hop music

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    Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Yolandi Visser Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rave music

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music

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    Tink is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Tink

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    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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    Melanie Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Rappers


    Melanie Brown Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

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    Diamond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Rappers

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    Diamond Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Crunk

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