We can’t imagine hip-hop without the ladies. Can you? Female rapper legends like Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, Mc Lyte and Lauryn Hill have introduced game-changing elements to hip-hop culture and yet continue to influence the new generation of MCs, both male and female.
Some people refer the golden ages for female rappers during the 90’s – the 2000s, when there was Kim, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Left Eye, Missy Elliott, Rah Digga, Remy Ma, Trina and lots more. Honestly, the list just keeps going. In the recent years, there have been a lot more new entrees in the female rappers scene. So, D360 has gathered up some of the best female rappers – old and new – that you should get to know and have in your playlist.
One of the first all-female rap groups, Salt-N-Pepa, was formed in 1985 and it consisted of Cheryl James (Salt), Sandra Denton (Pepa) and originally Latoya Hanson (also known as Latoya Pamela Greene, who was replaced in 1987 by Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”).
The trio released several successful albums in the late 1980s and 90s, including A Salt with a Deadly Pepa and Blacks’ Magic, which provided big hits such as “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man.” We strongly recommend you to check it out if you haven’t yet!
Lil’ Kim’s “The Naked Truth” was the first album by a female rapper to receive the prestigious five mics award from The Source – and it was well deserved. Kim’s influence still lingers. Since her “Hard Core” album debut in 1996, a handful of competitors have been eager to replicate her libidinous lyrics and in-your-face attitude. We can say that she is one of the best female rappers of all time.
Missy Elliott is not only one of the best female rappers, but she’s also one of the most versatile hip-hop artists of all time. A multi-talented entertainer who writes, sings, raps, dances and directs her own music videos – her music videos are some of the best in the game. One of her most well-known songs “Get Ur Freak On” won 3 Grammy Awards. She’s a must have in your female rappers’ playlist.
Reminisce Mackie or known as Remy Ma, is one of only five female rappers ever to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart and one of only three multiple winners of the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist won in 2005 and 2017. You may not be so familiar with her name, but we are sure that you’ve heard her songs and collaborations before such as “Ante Up (Remix),” “Lean Back,” “Conceited,” and “All the Way Up.”
Not your typical American rapper, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam dubbed as M.I.A is a British rapper (Sri Lankan Tamil origin), singer-songwriter, record producer, and activist. You might have heard of her famous single, “Paper Planes” – it peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and was No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008.
Nicki oh Nicki, a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, model and actress. In 2010, Minaj became the first female artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on Billboard Hot 100. And she has earned five top-ten entries on the Billboard Hot 100: “Super Bass” in 2011, “Starships” in 2012, “Bang Bang” and “Anaconda,” both in 2014, and “MotorSport” in 2017. She never disappoints her viewers with her flamboyant music videos.
Iggy Azalea is an Australian white female rapper who made a big hit on the international music scene with her debut album “The New Classic” with big hits like “Bounce,” “Fancy” and “Problem.” She has become one of the most successful girl rappers in this era. We are certain that most of you already have a song from her in your playlist.
Ah, Belcalis Almanzar or known more for her stage name as Cardi B is one of the new female rappers on the rise. Originally from the Bronx, Cardi, was a stripper before her upheaving fame. Wait what? But that all changed after 2017 when she signed her first major label record deal with Atlantic Records. And her debut single for Atlantic, titled “Bodak Yellow,” reached number one on US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Asian Doll, or as she calls herself, queen of teens, started to get more attention because of her super trippy trappy tracks Soundcloud account in 2017. Songs that were more notable were Poppin and Bitch Anthem, which features PnB Rock elements and has so far over two million views.
Elizabeth Eden Harris or also known as CupcakKe is a sex-positive new female rapper that is worth knowing. If you haven’t seen her music videos yet, then you really need to, and you’ll then understand what we mean by sex-positive.
That’s all for now folks! But before you get your butt moving and start downloading, we found something that we thought you might appreciate and have a laugh!