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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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4,961 1,437
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
5,280 1,500
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
3,899 1,387
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
3,339 1,269
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, Blacks' Magic

5
3,687 1,242
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
3,884 1,518
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
3,236 1,109
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
2,884 1,331
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
5,892 3,620
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
2,798 946
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
1,963 889
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

12
1,741 997
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

13
1,831 834
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
2,011 944
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
1,423 774
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
1,350 691
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
1,059 480
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
796 623
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
1,991 2,073
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

20
1,037 1,249
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
993 664
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Angel Haze Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes

22
877 689
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
793 716
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
723 863
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
700 688
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
1,018 663
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
620 757
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
667 632
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
663 624
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
743 592
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
730 1,150
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

32
835 380
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
this is me added Ciara Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

33
736 723
Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yo-Yo You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

34
452 684
Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Charli Baltimore Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

35
597 232
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Cardi B

36
589 247
Young M.A. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Young M.A. Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

37
591 287
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

38
745 561
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 38 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)

39
467 703
Estelle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Estelle The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

40
672 641
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

41
445 324
Tink is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Tink Think Tink, Winter's Diary

42
383 569
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
432 540
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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44
355 571
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

45
311 519
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

46
430 649
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Bahamadia Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

47
360 507
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power

48
392 457
Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Honey Cocaine

49
363 180
SA-ROC is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Jay Clayton added SA-ROC SA-ROC: Journey of the Starseed

50
390 402
Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning