Best Female Rappers

The Top Ten

1 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper / pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

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.

She is the best female rapper as well as a big competetion to the male rappers

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2 Lil Kim Lil Kim

There are no question here to who's the best. Sure Kim might not have been the first. But that doesn't take away from the fact that she completely changed the game of hip hop. Kim made both genders equal with lyrics. She never tried to cover or censor her music. She never needed some fake persona. Everything she's done has been real and legitimate. She's never needed to be fake. And while her net worth isn't the highest and she hasn't been top ten on the billboards for a while, that will never change the fact that she made a BREAKTHROUGH in hip hop history. As a fan of many other women in the genre, there's no doubt that Kim definitely made one of the, if not the largest impacts of all time in rap music. That's why she will forever be the number one female MC.

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!

The Queen of Hip Hop next to biggie the king of Hip Hop

There's no doubt that Lil' Kim is the best female rapper alive.No female have yet to top her in fashion,lyrics,flow,or even stage presence and performance.Missy is the 2nd best in my opinion bcus Missy creativity is on another level. Love Kim and Missy

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3 Missy Elliott Missy Elliott Melissa Arnette Elliott, is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer.

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

All people have their own stories, but going through a rough life, including the way she was raised, and also some issues with medical problems, she is a warrior and a rapper. And who can resist "Work It", "Get your Freak On", and "Pass That Dutch"? Also her beginning hit... "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" I mean, I really do love the other female rappers on this list, but, when I look on my player, Missy Elliot is the female rapper who I have the most songs from!

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

No explanation needed

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4 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill

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.

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.

Lauryn Hill should be number 1 are you kidding who's done what she did with the fugees and her album... my god Nelly as number 1 is a joke just a joke. Ms Hill didn't need to use sex to sell her music, it was her poetic words and rhyming ability the fact she was beautiful was just a bonus.

What is Nicki Minaj doing over Lauryn Hill? That is how you know this list is being voted by under 18 who know nothing about real female rappers like Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot - JESUSISKING

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5 Eve

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!

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.

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

Eve should be top 3 with Lil Kim & Missy. Her style & flow are sick top5 should be
1. Lil Kim
2. Eve
3. Missy Elliot
4. Lauryn Hill
5. Lisa 'left eye' Lopez
6. Foxy Brown
7. Trina
8.Remy Ma
9. Iggy Azalea
10. Nicki Minaj

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6 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

! 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!

She should when

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7 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.

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

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

She's good one of her shows that I saw was Living Single

Do I need say more.

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8 Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.

Come on, she just know to speak, not rap..

This list is terrible. Iggy is not even in my top 25 - anewman

Rappers only people! - Melvin_BigSmoke_Harris

My girl Iggy!

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9 Trina

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.

I'm going by the numbers Trina has been the most consistent female rapper of all time so she should be number one she gives us the most music constantly. Pushing albums like bricks every time you turn around.

Consistency pays off. Trina's last two album debuted number one and number two respectively on the Billboard Rap charts. The last one was solely independent, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Independent chart. Before Nicki, there was Trina. 2008, she was the only female rapper to have a major release. And she's severely underrated because of her high sex appeal and raunchy lyrics which birthed her career and it's sad she's been overlooked because of it. As a rapper, her presence and voice and delivery is 10x better than when we first heard her. She may not be the best lyricist, she doesn't claim to be, but she works HARD. She is the Queen of the South when it comes to rap and no one will be taking that spot from her for a while. And she's still the Baddest B*tch. Any other who claims they are need to find another moniker. Trina's official and a legend. Period.

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10 MC 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!

Any list without MC Lyte in Top 3 - 7 is garbage.

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The Newcomers

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Shes the bomb that girl now how to rap whatcha now about it.

Her song hi bich is really good

The Contenders

11 Foxy 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.

Foxy brown then lil Kim an missy

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12 Azealia Banks Azealia Banks Azealia Amanda Banks is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks began releasing music through MySpace in 2008, eventually being signed to XL Recordings at age 17. After releasing her debut single "212" to commercial success, she secured a ...read more.

If she could ever pull it together long enough and keep her mouth closed. She could go far

Azealia Banks is literally one of the most creative artists in the music industry. Her flows are sick, her voice is beautiful, and THE BEATS! What really makes her stand apart is her amazing ear for great beats. I hope she has a very long career. Go Yung Rapunxel!

Azealia Banks is the most innovative female rapper at the moment, no doubt.

How is she under iggy azalea. this list is whack

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13 M.I.A. M.I.A. Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English hip hop recording artist, director, visual artist, activist, record producer, photographer, fashion designer and model.

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.

Are you kidding me she should be top ten she rides beats better than any other rapper in the world

Maddest rapper, such a gangster

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14 Kolera Kolera

Kolera is the best female rapper.
Her lyrics and the beat of her songs are the best.

Turkey's number one female rapper..

Turkish women king of rap singer :))))

Very Nice

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15 Remy Ma

I am an educator and listen to rap music specifically to relate to my students. I can connect to Remy Ma because her flow is effortless and her intelligence is evident by the way she connects her ideas. Her bars are very different in every song and she seems to be able to captivate listeners with her ability to make you think, reflect and relate. Without a beat you can still listen to Remy Ma. She is my all time favorite.

This list is idiotic. Remy Ma and Missy Elliot are the only people I see on the front page with actual talent and flow. I mean, Nicki Minaj as number 1? Seriously?

I love everything about remy.

Best lyrics, no gimmicks, freestyler, no ghostwriters. Should be #1 or at least #2.

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16 Fergie Fergie Stacy Ann "Fergie" Ferguson is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, television host, and actress.

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

Fertile is the most diverse rapper/singer ever. She hit extraordinarily high notes (and low notes for that matter) she never runs out of breath and rap insanely fast. She has AMAZING flow. This is one of THE talents of our generation. AMAZING. SHE IS TIMELESS.

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

Fergie is better than Nicki Minaj and Iggy

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17 Lil Mama Lil Mama Niatia Jessica Kirkland, better known by her stage name Lil Mama, is an American hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

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

She's so underrated it's not even funny. This woman has bars for days! Leave a homeless man full. She's dope. Don't sleep on this one.

Very underrated

She is awful

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18 Becky G Becky G Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known by her stage name Becky G, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress.

She is only 16, just started singing. She got a talent and have a bright future ahead.

You are the best Becky g I love your rapping you are amazing!

I love Becky G!

Yeah she has a great voice and is the best female rapper

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19 Da Brat

Brat foxy Kim eve should at least be in the top 10

Love her! She's under-rated with her skills

I like her so much

Shes a really good rapper, she should be a higher rank fo sure.

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20 Jean 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 is the truth. NOT one of the best female MCs. One of the best MCs. Period. Full stop.

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

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