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The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time 

Susie Moss
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List Rules Only female rappers & hip hop artists, no pop or R&B singers

Responsible for some of the hottest tracks of 2020, these women rappers and MCs know how to handle a mic. Since the early days of hip-hop, women took part in crafting the genre's overall tone and sound. Though hip-hop music is commonly associated with a glorification of male-exclusive camaraderie, women MCs help to break that mold, off-setting more men-centric attitudes with a steely, seen-it-all perspective of their own. Some women rappers make up a part of a successful rap group, such as Digable Planets or Salt-N-Pepa. But just as often, the best female rappers pursue their own solo rap careers, sometimes with the assistance or stewardship of an established 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 women rappers out there? As of today, more and more women hip-hop acts generate just as much buzz for new releases as men. So much so, in fact, that acts like Cardi B are now scoring the top-charting singles around. Girl power, indeed.

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Trina is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Young M.A is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Stacy Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time