Musicians The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time  

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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
8,625 4,183
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
8,908 3,683
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
6,240 3,794
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
12,540 6,584
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
5,270 3,305
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

6
5,650 2,987
Eve is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

7
6,422 3,911
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
4,959 2,756
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
4,027 3,061
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

10
4,226 2,065
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
3,065 2,106
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
3,148 1,988
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
3,106 1,892
Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

14
3,414 2,611
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
2,125 1,902
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

16
4,931 2,800
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added

17
2,101 1,815
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
3,878 5,194
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

19
1,857 1,996
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

20
1,882 3,400
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

21
1,949 2,063
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
1,272 1,553
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
1,489 1,914
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
1,270 2,031
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
1,208 1,518
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