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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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5,146 1,509
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
5,452 1,567
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
4,007 1,454
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
3,435 1,347
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

5
3,773 1,332
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
4,009 1,602
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
3,321 1,186
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
6,140 3,755
Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

9
2,943 1,411
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
M.I.A. Kala, Arular, Matangi

10
2,856 1,019
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
2,035 930
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

12
1,800 1,064
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
1,880 901
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
1,471 805
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rah Digga Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

15
2,072 1,047
Remy Ma is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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1,390 723
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
1,097 550
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
2,055 2,191
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

19
1,084 1,338
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Azealia Banks Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

20
830 698
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

21
1,025 724
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
893 729
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
812 749
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
743 929
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
706 759
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
1,052 719
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27
674 698
Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

28
633 824
Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

29
698 314
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
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676 692
Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
751 658
Mia X is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Mia X Unlady Like, Mama Drama, Good Girl Gone Bad

32
757 1,242
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

33
875 442
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
this is me added Ciara Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

34
470 725
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
753 785
Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Yo-Yo You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

36
627 300
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
788 613
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 37 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)

38
614 344
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

39
479 761
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
682 704
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

41
441 365
Ranker Video
malmrphy added Tink Think Tink, Winter's Diary

42
404 626
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
435 599
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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361 631
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
320 575
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
445 699
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Bahamadia Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

47
370 553
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power

48
412 516
Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Honey Cocaine

49
371 221
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
322 459
Diamond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time