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Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Still Love Today 

Kellie Kreiss
Updated January 16, 2020 5.6k votes 829 voters 36.1k views 28 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite hip-hop queens based on the bangers they released in the 1990s - not before or after.

Surely the majority of us are familiar with the well-known phrase, "behind every great man there is a great (or maybe greater?) woman." And this has proven to be true in the world of '90s hip-hop as well.

When thinking about hip-hop music in the '90s, big names such as Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony may come to mind - but what about all of the women who were trailblazing their way through the '90s hip-hop world and beyond? Here is a list of just a few of the many women who helped to define the future of hip-hop music and style by showing us how to put our thing down, flip it and reverse it, all while avoiding Scrubs.

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Albums: Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D, FanMail, Crazy Sexy Hits: The Very Best of TLC, + more

Labels: LaFace Records, Def Jam Recordings, Epic Records, RCA/Jive Label Group, Arista Records, + more

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#36 of 81 The Best Trios Of All Time #76 of 125 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Aaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, Back & Forth, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Blackground Records, Universal Records, Jive Records, Virgin Records

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#269 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #359 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Songs Feat. Aaliyah

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Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive, Da Real World, This Is Not a Test!, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Violator, Elektra Records, The Goldmind Inc., East West Records

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#144 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #53 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like The Best Songs Feat. Missy Elliott

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Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill, Greatest Singles Collection, MTV Unplugged, + more

Labels: Ruffhouse Records, Columbia

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#217 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #68 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Lauryn Hill Songs

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Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Mary, My Life, What's the 411?, The Breakthrough, No More Drama, + more

Labels: MCA Records, Geffen Records, Matriarch Records, Uptown Records

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#50 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #203 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time The Best Mary J. Blige Albums of All Time

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Albums: Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious, Blacks' Magic, Brand New, + more

Labels: London Records, Next Plateau Entertainment, PolyGram

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#49 of 81 The Best Trios Of All Time #48 of 115 The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

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Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Best of Brandy, Afrodisiac, Full Moon, Brokenhearted, Brandy, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Epic Records, Mosley Music Group, Knockout Entertainment, RCA Records

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#214 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #214 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Brandy Norwood Albums of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion, Lip Lock, Here I Am, + more

Labels: Aftermath Entertainment, Geffen Records, EMI, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Interscope Records, + more

More Eve 

#137 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #157 of 198 The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today #186 of 275 The Sexiest Musical Artists of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light, The Dana Owens Album, Order in the Court, + more

Labels: Verve Music Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Motown Records, A&M Records, + more

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#253 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #205 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Queen Latifah Movies

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Genre: Hip hop music, Dirty rap & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM, La Bella Mafia, How Many Licks (feat. Sisqo), + more

Labels: International Rock Star Records, Atlantic Records, G-Unit Records, I.R.S. Records

More Lil' Kim 

#56 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like A Complete Timeline Of The Over-The-Top Feud Between Lil' Kim And Foxy Brownlisted on The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked

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Albums: Funky Divas, Masterpiece Theatre, EV3, Born to Sing, The Gift of Christmas, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, 33rd Street Records, Elektra Records, East West Records

More En Vogue 

#94 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #60 of 230 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time The Best En Vogue Songs

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Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ashanti's Christmas, Chapter II, Ashanti, Concrete Rose, The Declaration, + more

Labels: Murder Inc Records, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Motown Republic Group, Epic Records, Jive Records, + more

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#11 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #475 of 771 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures The Best Songs Feat. Ashanti

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Mýa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Female Hip-Hop Artists Of The '90s You Still Love Today
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Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: After the Storm, All Eyez on Me, Miss Thang, The Boy Is Mine, Still Standing, + more

Labels: J Records, Arista Records, Rowdy Records, RCA Records

More Monica 

#269 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #289 of 620 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P., Limelite, Luv & Niteclubz, + more

Labels: So So Def Recordings

More Da Brat 

#26 of 74 The Best Chicago Rappers #12 of 294 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time The Best Da Brat Albums of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know, Ain't No Other, Eyes on This, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Elektra Records, First Priority Music, East West Records

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#149 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #52 of 231 The Best New York Rappers The Best MC Lyte Songs

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Genre: Hip hop music, Ragga & Dancehall; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence, Brooklyn's Don Diva, Black Roses, + more

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Roc-A-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, E1 Music

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#208 of 498 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #71 of 231 The Best New York Rappers A Complete Timeline Of The Over-The-Top Feud Between Lil' Kim And Foxy Brown

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Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Do You Wanna Ride?, The Second Coming, Private Show, Welcome To Fantasy Island, Freak Like Me

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#458 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #247 of 464 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #1,527 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Genre: Hip hop music and Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode, Total Control, Ebony

Labels: Atlantic Records, Asylum Records, Elektra Records, East West Records

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Genre: Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop & West Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

Labels: Doggystyle Records, Death Row Records

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Genre: Hip hop music, Jazz rap & Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen, Total Wreck, I Confess, + more

Labels: EMI, Chrysalis Records, Koch Entertainment, E1 Music

More Bahamadia 

#172 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time #18 of 86 The Best Rappers From Philadelphia

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Albums: The Endless Rise of the Sun, An Electro Soul Experience, The Parade, Smooth

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