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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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4,793 1,366
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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2
5,117 1,433
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Missy Elliott Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

3
3,775 1,324
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light

4
3,223 1,215
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

5
3,608 1,145
Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

6
3,765 1,461
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

7
3,123 1,061
Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lisa Lopes Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A

8
2,835 1,222
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Kala, Arular, Matangi

9
5,701 3,501
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

10
2,742 867
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

11
1,687 923
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

12
1,873 858
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
1,786 763
Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Trina Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

14
1,951 850
Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Remy Ma There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, Streetsweepers Present: The Best of Remy Martin, Remy's Back

15
1,355 740
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rah Digga Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

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16
1,285 657
The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added The Lady of Rage Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

17
1,033 399
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
JennaCarter added Snow Tha Product Unorthodox, On. Now, Drunk Love

18
773 540
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

19
980 596
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Angel Haze Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes

20
1,007 1,160
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Azealia Banks Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

21
1,925 1,949
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

22
865 630
Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Monie Love Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister), In a Word or 2

23
749 683
Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Shawnna Battle of the Sexes, Block Music, Changing the Game

24
713 796
Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lil' Mama Lip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose

25
690 619
Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rasheeda Dat Type of Gurl, Dirty South, Ga Peach

26
983 596
Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Dej Loaf Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing

27
607 694
Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

28
654 572
Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

29
652 563
Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jean Grae The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP, This Week, Attack of the Attacking Things... The Dirty Mixes

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30
732 532
Mia X is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Mia X Unlady Like, Mama Drama, Good Girl Gone Bad

31
807 316
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
this is me added Ciara Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

32
708 1,073
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

33
555 179
Young M.A. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Young M.A. Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

34
720 661
Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yo-Yo You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

35
577 223
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

36
496 158
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Cardi B

37
423 643
Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Charli Baltimore Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

38
460 642
Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Estelle Swaray The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

39
432 260
Tink is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Tink Think Tink, Winter's Diary

40
664 579
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

41
674 534
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Fergie The Dutchess, Big Girls Don't Cry, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

42
370 510
Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful, The Black Mamba, And Another One

43
427 482
Jacki-O is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jacki-O Poe Little Rich Girl, Lil Red Riding Hood, Jack The Ripper

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308 460
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

45
349 513
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

46
382 399
Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Honey Cocaine

47
357 126
SA-ROC is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jay Clayton added SA-ROC SA-ROC: Journey of the Starseed

48
420 598
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Bahamadia Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

49
341 463
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power

50
382 346
Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning