Best Female Rappers

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1Lil Kim

Lil kim is the QUEEN! If you look at her catalog of music its diversity is enough to solidify her spot. Throughout all that diversity she was neVer looked at like a joke. Lil kim is the QUEEN!

How is this #2 behind Nicki Minaj? Lil Kim is easily the Queen of Rap, Nicki is just in it for the attention. Nicki has like, what, one half-decent song? And she's not rap, she's teeniebopper "hip-pop". Lil Kim is real rap and she's been going strong for years. Get Lil Kim to #1 on this list!

By far the best. In my opinion, she's better than most male rappers these days. While it may be true that Biggie wrote much of her older stuff, The Naked Truth was by far her best album and showed how much she developed as an artist. And as for her new stuff, she destroyed Nikki Minaj (who isn't very good anyways, just another Lil Kim wanna be, who's now trying to be the lady gaga of rap) with Black Friday.

Best female rapper, hands down.

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2Nicki Minaj

The girl is sick. Great voice, great style, great flow. And she goes so hard.
What is up with the rest of this list? Half of them aren't even rappers, and the other half suck.

Hard to make a top ten list out of female rappers, but here is the top 5:
1. Nicki Minaj
2. MC Lyte
3. Lil Kim (who I might have put at 2 if I hadn't just been listening to MC Lyte)
4. Lauryn Hill
5. Eve (had to show her love cause she's underrated)
Honorable mention to Trina

Nicki Minaj is beast! Shes beautiful AND talented. Her rap is a new style of rap, more unique, and hidden meaningful I suppose. Rock on Nicki I'm supporting you all the way!

Best flow, rhymes that make you think, EXTREMELY versatile with her music, and she knows how to get people's attention. All the endorsements and gigs and movies she's been in are examples of what a good businesswoman she is. She's #1 for a reason. What makes people the BEST is how they appeal to the public, and Nicki is killing it with her appeal, which is why she is the most successful female in the game. How good her songs are are based off public opinion, and according to public opinion, she is destroying everyone else and it is reflected on her net worth. Nicki Minaj IS #1. Anyone else who disagrees can look at the numbers because numbers don't lie.

I love her voice while she rap!

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3Missy Elliott

Firstly, every one of her songs is original and different yet always great. Secondly she has never had any beef with any one. Thirdly she is one of the most influential woman in the world.

Finally I can't see y'all disrespect Lil Kim like that, even diddy said she will always be queen, one of the greats, her legacy is huge and no one can argue with facts like that. End of. Kim and Missy will be Queens 4 life

Terrific Attitude, great songs!

Awesome rapper! B est ever female rapper in the world! Better than all of the girls here. Number 1.

Made garbage for 10 years, doesn't even have an existing vocabulary, how is she rated AT ALL?

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4Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is one of the best rappers altogether. She is right up there with the men and better (Seriously) than most. She is on BIG/ Pac's level. When I listen or look at Nicki Minaj I feel like I'm being punked by the music industry.

OK why is Nicki Minaj number one? She is one of the worst artists ever to walk the face of the earth. To be honest, I don't think Lauryn Hill is the best but I just voted for her to get Minaj off the top spot. I guarantee the majority of people who voted for Nicki Minaj can't even name 5 female rappers. People need to listen with their own ears instead of going along with what the media tells them.

How is Nicki Minaj above Lauryn Hill. Lauryn created one of the best albums of all time with "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill". She's won so money Grammies and had so many big hits as a solo artist and with the Fugees. What's Nicki Minaj famous for? Showing her entire butt on an album cover, making terrible, meaningless music, and having more artificial substances in her than a candy bar. Choosing a talentless hack over a hardworking legitimate musician is one of the worst things I can think of.

Over--rated, wow she talks about God and relationships for one album, means she lyrically better than every other female, like that isn't Bible Study on your everyday Sunday School crap. She's not even that good of a singer.

She wasn't better than any male in the 90's, not even her own group. Name one.

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5Eve

This is the best rapper. Nicki Minaj is nothing compared to this queen of rap. She should be number one. If you've heard "Let me blow ya mind", you know what real rap is. Nicki Minaj doesn't even know how to rap. Like who the hell comes up with "starships are meant to fly". What does that even mean. In conclusion, EVE should be at the top of the list. And Iggy should just stay at the bottom. First things first you suck. Eve is the best.

Eve is the realest! Should be number 1! Her songs aren't just catchy and booty shaker- they're inspirational too- love is blind, life is hard, make it out this town, never gone.. A talented, inspirational and truly humble artist!

Mixing her hotness and gangster lifestyle am sure she deserved to be one among the rappers in this world. I can't compare her to Miss Eliot so I thought she got luck to be the 5th. - Tin_ze_dash

She is the best

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6Left Eye

! She should be on top of the list... Well she was cute and got this kind of rapping that anyone can dig. She was another doll I can say - Tin_ze_dash

Left Eye IS the truest rapper out here, she is WAY better than Minaj, even though her stuff is dope, Lisa always represented those girls who didn't always want to reveal their bodies and wanted to be independent. Nicki's stuff is okay but her raps don't talk about the big issues today. Lisa's Legacy STILL lives on through Tboz and Chili, that is why Left Eye deserves top spot!

Left Eye is the best. She rapped from the heart and didn't have to show off her body to sell albums. RIP Left Eye we love and miss you! TLC4eva!

Left Eye I don't even have to decide best female rapper is her and nobody else

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7Queen Latifah

When I think of Women and Rap together, a mere 101% of the time I think of Queen Latifah...

She should so be higher on the chart, I mean it's the QUEEN LATIFAH! I love her movies and her amazing voice! 👑#The REAL Queen #Queen Latifah👑

Queen Latifah's old school raps were amazing, while Nicki just plain sucks.

Latifah is the best female emcee, why isn't she #1?

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8Trina

She's under rated she's the most consistent she's very humble She's really the only female rapper From the 90's That never left the game she was consistent And have been consistent and still is consistent She's the baddest chick She hated on a lot...Hip hop has cheated her out A lot of awards that I feel like she deserved She's a legend in the game She is the one and only official Queen of the South Hate it or love it She has been holding the south down for a long time Ti is the king of the south and Trina is the Queen of the South... She's independent artist now she's on her own self Is called Rockstar music group... She has a cosmetic line perfume line A clothing line She's going to be featured in a movie coming to theaters soon... So I would say trina is most definitely my favorite female rapper of all time...

this lady is serious with rap and always stay to the beat, she is the best rapper, she will never go off beat.

Trina Is The Best Rapper I Have Ever Know... I Love Her Song Called "Here We Go" You Are Very Beast I Support You All Of The Way... Rock ON

She great we would love to see more of her.

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9Foxy Brown

Broken silence is the best female rap album ever released. A world where Nicki Minaj is voted as the best is a world where people don't know REAL hip hop

Foxy always kept it real and that's what I admired about her. Foxy always kept business separate from personal life and never let her rivalry's slow her down. People may have their favorite album by her but what ever she does will always been my favorite.

I think she is the one of the best Female Rappers I have ever heard.

Boogie is the bomb she shouldn't be here, she started at 16 and was one of the youngest artist to hit platinum and go for gold!

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10MC Lyte

Nicki Minaj? Seriously, how could you possibly place someone else than MC Lyte or Lauryn Hill on top of the list? People need to start listening to real rap, not commercial crap.

MC Lyte at 10? Nicki Minaj at 2? Are you kidding me? MC Lyte is the best female rapper ever, followed by Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah. Only those 3 deserve the title "Queen of Rap". Nicki Minaj started her career in 2004 and I've never even heard of Kolera. Lyte raps about real stuff, unlike most of today's mainstream "rappers". Lyte as a Rock was a classic. REAL Hip-Hop. Stuff that has meaning.

she's realest among female rappers, BIG UP!

First well known rapper to listen

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The Newcomers

?Rita Ora
?Charli XCX
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The Contenders

11Iggy Azalea

Iggy should be way up there best white rapper

Iggy should be number 1 or at least number 2 (but behind Nicki) all of these other rappers you never hear of them?!? By the way sorry if they do still produce music just I am really big into music and I have never heard of these other people! I am on team Iggy Azalea you go girl and why is the internet being so mean to this girl like seriously?!?

Iggy Azalea is a great rapper. How can she be #14 she has been rapping more and more songs. Each one can get better and better. Black widow, Fancy, Problem are songs she's been rapping. The songs she raps are what make people want to listen to them. GO IGGY!

She's my favorite. Niki can't tap like her.

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12M.I.A.

I'm not saying Missing In Action is the best female rapper of all time, but I can say she's the best female rapper of this generation. Why? Because she doesn't rap about being fancy, she doesn't rap about having a big ass, she doesn't rap about having a lot of money, and she isn't all the time rapping about love.

M.I.A. raps about REAL stuff. She raps about identity politics, poverty, revolution, gender and sexual stereotypes, war. She raps about REAL problems. She's a TRUE artist, and doesn't need neither a cute face nor a big behind to express what she wants to say.

Additionally, she's a philanthropist and an activist.

You don't see that kind of people everyday;))

She should definitely be in the top of the list! She is so much better than some of the others that have been mentioned. Her songs definitely have better beat, better lyrics, better distinction, better quality. She even talks about worldly problems in some of her songs... I guess mainstream pop culture takes over, but she is capable of fulfilling that as well.

Without doubt, her album "Kala" is one of the best albums a female hip hop artist ever created and in my opinion, it's the best album of the 2000s.
M.I.A. combines hip hop music with electro beats, African and Indian influences and lyrics which actually make sense and have political message. She's an experimental, adorable artist and a great rapper!

She should be in top 10. She was nominated for both Grammy and Oscars. Makes less songs about bad things and better voices

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13Azealia Banks

Definitely the new and one to beat. Her songs keep improving and very noticeably. She is rising and I hope gets to the top, because she has that potential and she could rock it.

Needs to be higher. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

The girl is young, she got skill, she got flow. Total respect to her

Azealia Banks is moving female hip hop in the right direction

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14Salt n Pepa

These girls called salt n pepa are hands down, no questions asked, the number one females to ever roc the mic. Just listen to their sound on everything that they did and you will understand why. These girls did and still can, roc any sound and style that any rapper puts out there, male or female, yet still keeping it classy and not trashy, like some other's who are on this list. No other female rapper has yet to come close to outselling their 1993 album called "very necessary". Except for lauren hill. Yet she did mostly singing on that album. No less than Platinum and gold for these talented queens from queens. Simply the best to ever do it, that's for sure.

What the heck is Nelly Furtado doing on this list, especially at number 1?
Salt n Pepa are the original female rappers and SHOULD be #1. - Celestius

GET UP ON THIS! Salt n Pepa have true talent and don't get nearly enough recognition. Nicki Minaj is #1?! She is a joke and an insult to rap.

They are the queens from queens

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15Fergie

FERGIE IS A LEGEND! She has the best rhymes. Her song's Pedestal, Clumsy, London Bridge and Fergalicious. Also she is amazing in the Black Eyed Peas and she can sing for a long time without Stopping. She's like the queen of all Music, no joke

You are joking right? How is she in this list? She has terrible flow. - SelfDestruct

Fergie can do anything with her voice and she is so perfect, she can rap really fast (as Eminem) for a long time without losing breath, this girl is amazing! - Onefor21

What the hell is Nicki Minaj doing at 1st!
You have got to be kidding me!
In my opinion she sucks at rapping so don't go bothering me.
But fergie is good! - tedmond9

LMFAO at Fergie even being on this list, god she sucks.

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16Remy Ma

Remy Ma has the real attitude on the game. She got "balls". Free Remy MA. That's all peace out.

Remy Ma is so real. Remy's lyrics & flow is straight untouchable..

Top 10! Her flow was on point

17Lil Mama

Lil Mama's straight up garbadge. What the hell kinda song is lip gloss.

Lil mama is a good rapper

Seriously people. 14? Lil mama is one of the best awesome so awesome so sso so so so so so so so so so so so so so awesome the best listen to gierlfriend remix with avril lavigne

18Da Brat

she was the fe male that sold over 1,000,000 copies

My favorite female rapper

I'm riding with you till the wheels fall off.

19Jean Grae

The fact that Nicki Minaj has the most votes shows how people don't know real hip-hop anymore, Jean Grae would kill most other MCs, male or females

More technical than most male rappers today! It's actually a little scary how lyrical she is and I genuinely think that Jean's a more technical rapper than Eminem. Bold statement but true and it's actually offensive how Jean's 20th and Nicki's first.

Jean Grae all the way! She is one of THE best rappers male or female! To me, if a rapper can't stand on their lyrics alone, they're not real artists. Anyone can make a hot beat or video or potray a sexy/provocative/controversial image but it doesn't make them lyrically-gifted. Or in this case, lyrically-jeanious! When it comes to rapping, words need to be like poetry & stand on their own.

her flow can murder any female rapper out there. - DJ_critikaL

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20Rah Digga

How can you not love Rah Digga? First Lady of the Flipmode Squad, successful in her own right? She's got skills that are rival to Missy Elliot and MC Lyte if you ask me - but then you've got kids nowadays listening to the trash of Trina, Fergie and Nicki Minaj. All that party rap has its own place, but Rah, Missy, Lauryn Hill -- all the female rappers of yesteryear will remain the best; always, always the best.

Digga can outrap most if not all the others on the list, she can even outrap some male rappers too. I say she deserves a spot in the top 5

What is she here! She should be up there with kim and missy. I didn't even know nicki garbage was even called rap.

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