Hip Hop Artists 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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1
8,171 3,775
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
8,405 3,289
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
5,921 3,363
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
11,497 6,144
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
5,030 3,106
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

6
6,141 3,627
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

7
5,439 2,804
Eve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

8
4,798 2,567
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
3,863 2,850
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kala, Arular, Matangi

10
4,082 1,904
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
2,869 1,949
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
3,019 1,823
Da Brat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Funkdafied, Unrestricted, Miss P.

13
2,951 1,759
Trina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Da Baddest Bitch, Diamond Princess, Glamorest Life

14
3,265 2,368
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
2,067 1,734
Rah Digga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dirty Harriet, Classic, Never Back Down

16
2,029 1,661
The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Necessary Roughness, From VA 2 LA, Afro Puffs

17
4,304 2,319
Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added

18
3,540 4,813
Iggy Azalea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

19
1,717 1,859
Janelle Monae is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis

20
1,856 1,892
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

21
1,761 3,147
Azealia Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Fantasea, 1991, Broke with Expensive Taste

22
1,233 1,441
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
1,447 1,789
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
1,219 1,904
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
1,182 1,428
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

26
1,122 1,524
Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

27
1,789 1,586
Dej Loaf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Liberated, ...And See That's the Thing

28
1,059 1,567
Jean Grae is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP, This Week, Attack of the Attacking Things... The Dirty Mixes

29
973 1,587
Gangsta Boo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera

30
922 1,747
Rasheeda is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Dat Type of Gurl, Dirty South, Ga Peach

31
938 1,402
Rapsody is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Idea of Beautiful, The Black Mamba, And Another One

32
1,044 1,500
Mia X is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Unlady Like, Mama Drama, Good Girl Gone Bad

33
1,159 2,627
Kesha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

34
1,508 1,353
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
this is me added Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

35
1,018 1,110
Lady Leshurr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Riot18 added Off the Lesh

36
1,083 1,499
Yo-Yo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
You Better Ask Somebody, Black Pearl, Make Way for the Motherlode

37
694 1,403
Charli Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Cold as Ice, Stand Up, Money

38
1,370 1,624
Stacy Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The Dutchess, Big Girls Don't Cry, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

39
1,460 1,225
Young M.A is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Herstory, M.A The Mixtape

40
672 1,576
Estelle Swaray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
The 18th Day, All of Me, Shine

41
727 382
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
A Woman's Revenge

42
635 1,132
Sister Souljah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
360 Degrees of Power

43
676 1,265
Bahamadia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Kollage, Good Rap Music, BB Queen

44
737 975
Tink is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
malmrphy added Think Tink, Winter's Diary

45
483 1,178
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

46
557 1,143
Jacki-O is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
Poe Little Rich Girl, Lil Red Riding Hood, Jack The Ripper

47
803 1,297
Yolandi Visser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time

48
474 1,031
Ms. Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
A Little Deeper, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Judgement Days

49
619 1,000
CL is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time
M-seeStorm added Please Don`t Go [digital Single]

50
526 851
Diamond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time