Hip Hop Artists 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 2018, 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 misogyny and 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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1
8,417 3,309
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

2
8,180 3,802
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

3
5,932 3,385
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light

4
11,532 6,157
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

5
5,035 3,113
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

6
6,148 3,638
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

7
5,440 2,813
Eve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

8
4,801 2,574
Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A

9
3,869 2,857
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

10
4,086 1,910
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

11
2,875 1,955
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

12
3,023 1,829
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
2,954 1,766
Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

14
3,270 2,377
Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, Streetsweepers Present: The Best of Remy Martin, Remy's Back

15
2,068 1,739
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

16
2,031 1,666
The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

17
4,335 2,336
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added

18
3,557 4,831
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

19
1,721 1,862
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

20
1,861 1,898
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
JennaCarter added Unorthodox, On. Now, Drunk Love

21
1,767 3,158
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

22
1,234 1,445
Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Battle of the Sexes, Block Music, Changing the Game

23
1,449 1,795
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes

24
1,220 1,909
Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Lip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose

25
1,182 1,432
Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister), In a Word or 2

26
1,124 1,528
Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

27
1,793 1,593
Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing

28
1,059 1,571
Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP, This Week, Attack of the Attacking Things... The Dirty Mixes

29
973 1,591
Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

30
923 1,752
Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dat Type of Gurl, Dirty South, Ga Peach

31
941 1,408
Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Idea of Beautiful, The Black Mamba, And Another One

32
1,046 1,504
Mia X is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Unlady Like, Mama Drama, Good Girl Gone Bad

33
1,162 2,636
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

34
1,514 1,357
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
this is me added Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

35
1,021 1,112
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Off the Lesh

36
1,084 1,500
Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

37
695 1,406
Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

38
1,374 1,629
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Dutchess, Big Girls Don't Cry, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

39
1,468 1,230
Young M.A is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

40
672 1,580
Estelle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

41
729 383
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
A Woman's Revenge

42
635 1,133
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
360 Degrees of Power

43
676 1,266
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

44
737 978
Tink is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Think Tink, Winter's Diary

45
484 1,179
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

46
559 1,144
Jacki-O is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Poe Little Rich Girl, Lil Red Riding Hood, Jack The Ripper

47
804 1,298
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

48
474 1,032
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

49
620 1,002
CL is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Please Don`t Go [digital Single]

50
527 852
Diamond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time