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

2
7,145 2,523
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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5,195 2,550
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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4,427 2,363
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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5,293 2,785
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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9,141 5,109
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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4,791 2,332
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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4,309 2,095
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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3,529 2,316
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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3,669 1,533
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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2,408 1,616
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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2,670 1,452
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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2,553 1,437
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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2,860 1,824
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

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1,897 1,336
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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1,833 1,276
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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2,887 3,882
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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2,874 1,323
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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1,406 1,454
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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1,581 1,441
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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1,514 2,478
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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1,320 1,424
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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1,054 1,206
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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1,054 1,568
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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1,088 1,205
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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950 1,315
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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1,509 1,278
Ranker Video
malmrphy added Dej Loaf Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing

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936 1,284
Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 28 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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882 1,299
Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Gangsta Boo Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

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845 1,438
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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944 1,231
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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1,023 2,132
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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1,280 1,047
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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767 1,131
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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974 1,279
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

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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1,157 1,304
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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600 1,226
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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609 1,303
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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1,139 935
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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525 1,011
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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444 1,071
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