Top 10 Best Female Rappers of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang"... read more

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

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

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 Elliott is the female rapper from whom I have the most songs.

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

Finally, I can't see why you all would disrespect Lil' Kim like that. Even Diddy said she will always be the queen - one of the greats. Her legacy is huge, and no one can argue with facts like that. End of story. Kim and Missy will be queens for life.

3 Lil Kim Kimberly Denise Jones, known professionally by her stage name Lil' Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress.

There's no question here as 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 her 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.

While her net worth isn't the highest and she hasn't been in the 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.

4 Lauryn Hill Lauryn Noelle Hill is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. She is known for being a member of Fugees and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many awards and broke several sales records.

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 many Grammys and had so many big hits as a solo artist and with the Fugees.

What is Nicki Minaj famous for? Making provocative album covers, producing lackluster, meaningless music, and using artificial enhancements? Choosing a talentless artist over a hardworking, legitimate musician is one of the worst decisions I can think of.

In terms of being the best "rapper," not entertainer, artist, etc., Lauryn Hill is hands down the best. Her lyrical complexity, wordplay, and rhyme scheme are on a completely different level than other women mentioned. Additionally, as showcased well on "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," she tackled topics completely unique to the female perspective, rather than recycling topics that male rappers have already exhausted.

I have never seen Nicki Minaj or Cardi B come close to the level of illustration that Lauryn could display. Lauryn could tackle difficult topics with effortless and complex flow.

Sure, Nicki and Cardi are great entertainers. Their Billboard numbers prove it. But in terms of being the best RAPPER, it's Lauryn Hill. It has always been Lauryn.

5 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.

Listen to U.N.I.T.Y, Just Another Day, and Nature of a Sista, then tell me who is better than Queen Latifah? Her delivery, flow, and lyricism are top-notch. She is one of the best rappers, period, and she did it without being fake, resorting to explicit content, or rapping about nonsense.

Also, her beats are awesome. The only rapper on the list who is as good as her skill-wise is Nicki Minaj.

The Queen could run circles around Nicki and all these other wannabe 'rappers' from these days. Her songs were meaningful and empowering, without any of the "I'm a b****!" mentality that is so common among today's female MCs. All hail the Queen!

6 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Left Eye is the truest rapper out here. She is way better than Minaj. Even though Nicki's stuff is dope, Lisa always represented those girls who didn't always want to reveal their bodies and wanted to be independent. Nicki's raps don't address the big issues today.

Lisa's legacy still lives on through T-Boz and Chilli. That is why Left Eye deserves the top spot.

Left Eye is the best female rapper on this list. The way she raps is unique and amazing. She was always real, rapping about real issues, unlike Nicki Minaj. She was the female version of Tupac, and both of them were real. Left Eye is the queen of rap, even if she isn't alive.

7 Eve Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eve is the realest! She should be number 1! Her songs aren't just catchy and booty-shakers - 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, I'm sure she deserves to be one among the rappers in this world. I can't compare her to Miss Elliot, so I thought she got lucky to be the 5th.

Eve makes Nicki Minaj look like crap. She is way, way better than Nicki Minaj. I mean, Nicki Minaj started out good, but she kind of sold out now.

8 Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly, born June 7, 1990 known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, and model.

Iggy should be number one or at least number two, but behind Nicki Minaj. All of these other rappers - you never hear of them? By the way, sorry if they do still produce music. I am really big into music, and I have never heard of these other people. I am on Team Iggy Azalea. Why is the internet being so mean to this girl? Seriously?

I think she is great! She is very talented and has awesome songs like Walk the Line, 100, Trouble, Work, Bounce, Fancy, and Black Widow (my favorite), just to name a few. She has a great flow and voice. She also was in a great song, Problem, where she sounded fantastic with Ariana Grande. Why is she behind Nicki Minaj? Nicki shouldn't even be on this list.

9 Foxy Brown Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is a Trinidadian American rapper.

Foxy is so underrated. For her to be so far down on this list is a shame. Lyrically, she has flow and can ride the beat incredibly well. True, she used sex appeal on her video and album covers to help sales, but what's the difference between any male rapper using females in the same perspective to do the same thing back then? Her style was fresh and real.

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

10 MC Lyte

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 three 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 issues, unlike most of today's mainstream "rappers." "Lyte as a Rock" was a classic. REAL Hip-Hop. Music that has meaning.

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

The Contenders
11 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 M.I.A. 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, having a big behind, or having a lot of money. She also isn't constantly rapping about love.

M.I.A. raps about real issues. She addresses identity politics, poverty, revolution, gender, and sexual stereotypes, as well as war. She raps about real problems. She's a true artist and doesn't need either a cute face or 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 person every day.

12 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

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 are incredible! What really sets her apart is her amazing ear for great beats. I hope she has a very long career. Go Yung Rapunxel!

She's definitely the one to watch. Her songs keep improving, and it's very noticeable. She is rising and I hope she gets to the top, because she has that potential and she could rock it.

She's just great. I would love to see her rise to the top. In my opinion, she can easily beat any of the other female rappers out there.

13 Trina

She's underrated. She's the most consistent and very humble. She's really the only female rapper from the '90s who never left the game. She has been consistent and still is. She's the baddest chick and often faces a lot of hate. Hip-hop has cheated her out of many awards that I feel 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. T.I. is the King of the South, and Trina is the Queen of the South. She's an independent artist now. Her own label is called Rockstar Music Group.

She has a cosmetic line, a perfume line, and 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.

14 Remy Ma Reminisce Mackie, known professionally as Remy Ma, is an American rapper. She was initially discovered by Big Pun, and came to prominence for her work as a member of Fat Joe’s group, Terror Squad.

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 in 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.

Even without a beat, you can still listen to Remy Ma. She is my all-time favorite.

Remy Ma is a true connoisseur of rap because her flow and delivery are tight, just like how rap should be - not like some candy-floss hit makers around nowadays. Give her a few more years, and she could be on the list of one of the best-ever female rappers, like Lil Kim and Missy.

15 Cardi B Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper. Born and raised in New York City, she became an Internet celebrity by achieving popularity on Vine and Instagram. From 2015 to 2017, she appeared as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality television... read more

What? She is absolutely excellent. She shouldn't even need a list. She should be the highest! She is a great rapper.

Best female rapper of all time. You're the best, baby. Keep it up. You're better than Nicki any day, shorty. And you have a nice figure.

Some on this list are not necessarily rappers, but I voted accordingly as best I could.

16 Snow Tha Product

Snow Tha Product should be number one. No one knows real rap until they hear her. Nicki Minaj does not deserve first place because she raps about nonsense. Everyone thinks good rap is about making metaphors. No, that's where people go wrong. The definition of real rap is Tech N9ne, Biggie, and of course, Snow Tha Product.

Nicki Minaj doesn't deserve to be in the top fifty. Snow Tha Product is the best in the game. She's even better than the guys who are mainstream and better than half the underground rappers. Everybody needs to open their eyes and see that she's the best female artist that has ever been in the game. #WakeYourGameUp

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

Fergie can do anything with her voice, and she is so perfect. She can rap really fast, similar to Eminem, for a long time without losing breath. This girl is amazing!

She is definitely the best rapper, better than Nicki Minaj. I just love her in the Black Eyed Peas, and I love her even more on her own. Her songs Fergalicious, London Bridge, and Clumsy are really good.

What in the world is Nicki Minaj doing in 1st place? You have got to be kidding me! In my opinion, she sucks at rapping, so don't go bothering me. But Fergie is good!

18 Megan Thee Stallion Megan Jovon Ruth Pete (born February 15, 1995), known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Houston, Texas.

I think that Megan Thee Stallion is the best rapper of all time, of course, after the queen Nicki Minaj. I wish they were still friends because I absolutely loved them together. Anyway, Megan has so many good features, from her body to her looks to her music. She has it all! Her signature "Ahh" has me running around saying "Ahh" all the time. Love Megan and Nicki!

I liked her at first, but I have some doubts. She's still decent, but not god-tier for sure. Good flow, though.

19 Da Brat

Wow, Da Brat might be the best one on the list. She should definitely be in the top 10.

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

20 Becky G Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known as Becky G, is a Latin/American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress.

Oh my God! I'm so surprised Becky doesn't have more votes! She is my ultimate role model. I personally think the whole "Jenny from the Block and Becky from the Block" thing is cool, but Becky's is so much better. Becky was the one who inspired me to want to rap. So vote for Becky G. She is the best of the best!

Amen, my fellow Beasters. I am so proud of her. I understand that she is not super famous, but she is still kind of new to the industry. Listen to her song Dodger Blue, and it will show you why she deserves to be in at least the top 20.

21 Rapsody

I checked out a couple of songs, and wow, her wordplay is amazing. If you're into poetic rap styles, then she's definitely the best pick.

I admit, I only know her guest verse on Kendrick Lamar's Complexion (A Zulu Love), but it's good.

She might have had the best album of 2019, and she's not even in the top 20?

22 Rah Digga

How can you not love Rah Digga? First Lady of the Flipmode Squad, successful in her own right? She's got skills that rival Missy Elliott 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.

Why is she here? She should be up there with Kim and Missy. I didn't even know Nicki's music was even called rap.

23 CupcakKe Elizabeth Eden Harris, better known by her stage name, cupcakKe, is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. She was born on May 31, 1997 in Chicago, United States. Although she is best known for her sexually explicit lyrics, cupcakKe was raised in a church and is still a devout Christian.

CupcakKe is my favorite female rapper ever. Deepthroat is one of my favorite songs, and I could listen to it continuously for about five days.

She is a great rapper, though I don't like all her songs about sex.

24 Rico Nasty

Amazing flow with her songs, and it's almost hypnotizing.

Best female rapper of modern times.

25 Gangsta Boo
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