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Susie Moss
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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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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lisa Lopes Hip hop music, Pop music, Rap music

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Nicki Minaj Hip hop music, Synthpop, Hardcore hip hop

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
MC Lyte Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Foxy Brown Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Hip hop music

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Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Trina Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Contemporary R&B

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Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Remy Ma Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rah Digga Hip hop music

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The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Hip hop music, Electronic music, Hip Hop

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Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Angel Haze Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

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Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Azealia Banks Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Janelle Monae Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Future soul

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Monie Love Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing

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Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Shawnna Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues

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Dej Loaf

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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lil' Mama Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rasheeda Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Crunk&B

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Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté Hip hop music

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Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jean Grae Hip hop music, Nerdcore

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Mia X is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Mia X Hip hop music

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yo-Yo Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Kesha Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Charli Baltimore Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

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Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Estelle Swaray Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yolandi Visser Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rave music

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Young Ma is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Young Ma

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Tink

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Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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Jacki-O is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jacki-O Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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Fergie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Fergie (singer) Hip hop music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite Hip hop music, UK Garage, Contemporary R&B

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Cardi B

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J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
J. J. Fad Hip hop music

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Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Bahamadia Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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SA-ROC is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
SA-ROC Hip Hop Music, Alternative Hip Hop

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Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electro