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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 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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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
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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
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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
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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships
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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious
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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
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Eve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion
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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A
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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi
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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
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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence
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Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.
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Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life
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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
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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added
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Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down
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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis
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The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs
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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP
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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
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Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste
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Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes
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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Lip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose
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Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing
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Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Battle of the Sexes, Block Music, Changing the Game