singers 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, women 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
Missy Elliott 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
Lauryn Hill 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
Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Trav'lin' Light

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Lil' Kim The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

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Eve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Eve 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
Lisa Lopes 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
M.I.A. Kala, Arular, Matangi

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
MC Lyte 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
Foxy Brown 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
Da Brat Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

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Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Trina 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
Remy Ma There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, Streetsweepers Present: The Best of Remy Martin, Remy's Back

The Best Underground Rappers

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Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Rah Digga Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

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The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added The Lady of Rage Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

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Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Cardi B

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

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Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
JennaCarter added Snow Tha Product 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
Azealia Banks 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 Angel Haze Dirty Gold, New York, Battle Cry: Remixes

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Shawnna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Shawnna Battle of the Sexes, Block Music, Changing the Game

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Lil' Mama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Lil' Mama Lip Gloss, VYP: Voice of the Young People, Shawty Get Loose

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Monie Love Down to Earth, It’s a Shame (My Sister), In a Word or 2

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Roxanne Shanté The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

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Ranker Video
malmrphy added Dej Loaf Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing

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Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women 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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Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Rasheeda Dat Type of Gurl, Dirty South, Ga Peach

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

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

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

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Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Rapsody The Idea of Beautiful, The Black Mamba, And Another One

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

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Fergie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fergie The Dutchess, Big Girls Don't Cry, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

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Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Charli Baltimore Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

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

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Estelle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Estelle The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

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Young M.A is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Young M.A Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Feloni A Woman's Revenge

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Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power

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

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Jacki-O is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Jacki-O Poe Little Rich Girl, Lil Red Riding Hood, Jack The Ripper

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J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

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

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Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

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Diamond is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

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SA-ROC is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Jay Clayton added SA-ROC SA-ROC: Journey of the Starseed