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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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5,242 1,562
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
5,524 1,618
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
4,065 1,499
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
3,480 1,397
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
4,089 1,657
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

6
3,818 1,390
Eve is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Eve Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

7
3,367 1,232
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
6,328 3,829
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
2,969 1,456
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
2,894 1,053
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
1,831 1,098
Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Foxy Brown Ill Na Na, Chyna Doll, Broken Silence

12
2,072 948
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
1,912 935
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
1,498 825
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
2,112 1,093
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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1,409 746
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
1,117 588
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
2,092 2,270
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
1,038 760
Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Angel Haze Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes

20
845 733
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
1,106 1,382
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Azealia Banks Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

22
901 761
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
826 773
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
756 961
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
711 794
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
1,072 752
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27
686 729
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
778 359
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Cardi B

29
683 723
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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643 857
Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

31
761 687
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

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896 473
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
774 1,279
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

34
810 638
Fergie is listed (or ranked) 34 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)

35
765 809
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
655 323
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
477 755
Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Charli Baltimore Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

38
479 787
Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Estelle Swaray The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

39
625 370
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Lady Leshurr Off the Lesh

40
412 651
Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful, The Black Mamba, And Another One

41
686 729
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

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445 388
Ranker Video
malmrphy added Tink Think Tink, Winter's Diary

43
439 622
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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368 654
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
370 579
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power

46
323 597
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

47
452 723
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Bahamadia Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

48
400 488
Lady Sovereign is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Lady Sovereign Jigsaw, Blah Blah, Public Warning

49
407 467
Cher Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones, Girlfriend, Walk This Way

50
419 541
Honey Cocaine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time
mal1 added Honey Cocaine