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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 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Trina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Trina Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

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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

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

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

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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

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

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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

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Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Azealia Banks Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

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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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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

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

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

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Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

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Young M.A. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Young M.A. Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Cardi B

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Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yo-Yo You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

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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

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Tink is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Tink Think Tink, Winter's Diary

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Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Estelle Swaray The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

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

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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)

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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

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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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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

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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 Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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SA-ROC is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
SA-ROC SA-ROC: Journey of the Starseed

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Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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

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

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Cher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones, Girlfriend, Walk This Way