Musicians 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

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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
8,612 4,170
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

2
8,892 3,675
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

3
6,230 3,786
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
12,519 6,570
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
5,263 3,302
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

6
5,642 2,985
Eve is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

7
6,416 3,904
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

8
4,952 2,754
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
4,021 3,057
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

10
4,222 2,062
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
3,060 2,103
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
3,142 1,985
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
3,104 1,888
Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

14
3,408 2,606
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
2,120 1,899
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

16
4,914 2,785
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added

17
2,095 1,812
The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

18
3,865 5,185
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

19
1,853 1,992
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

20
1,880 3,390
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

21
1,947 2,057
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
JennaCarter added Unorthodox, On. Now, Drunk Love

22
1,270 1,550
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
1,488 1,911
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
1,269 2,029
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
1,207 1,515
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