The rap industry has always been dominated by male rappers but not anymore when we have the best female rappers in the game.
In a genre where most male rap artists’ main topic of conversation is power and wealth, it is very popular to feature women and feature lyrics about women in an objectified position and wanting to cling on to the rapper in question.
Instead of boasting about the power and wealth that comes with fame, women in rap music have laid the groundwork for what rap and hip hop could be about. Rap music themes can include, among other things, empowering those around you, breaking down social stigmas, discovering oneself, and discussing the current political climate.
While many female rappers have joined the battalion of quality female rap and hip hop music in recent years, let us not forget the women who have cemented their history as being influential, extraordinary, and way ahead of their time in shaping rap music as it is today.
5 Best Female Rappers
It’s not that women aren’t appreciated in this art form; it’s more about recognition; a female rap artist isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of rap, and that’s where the problem lies, and it’s something that the 5 incredibly talented women prove.
1. Missy Elliot
The Original Gangster, the best, the moment Missy Elliot is our favorite female rapper with some of the best beats. She is a pioneer in rap music and has received critical acclaim, but the general public is unaware of her existence.
She began her career in the early 1990s, working on various hip hop and R&B records with her childhood friend Timbaland. She launched her solo career with the album ‘Supa Dupa Fly,’ which debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 200, a first for a female rapper.
She broke into the mainstream with a barrage of albums ranging from ‘Miss E.. So Addictive’ to ‘Under Construction’ and ‘This Is Not a Test.’ Missy Elliott established herself as the best female rapper on the planet. Some of the most memorable singles from this period include ‘Get Ur Freak On’ and ‘Work It’s,’ the latter of which won ‘Video of the Year’ on multiple occasions.
She is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is and always will be a rap legend and the queen of beats.
2. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj, the woman who carried the female rap industry on her back for nearly a decade, is the rap industry’s Barbie who can never be broken or twisted. She has always been a trailblazer in the rap industry, from Trinidad to America.She first caught the attention of the general public when she recorded a verse on Kanye West’s ‘Monster.’
The flow and cadence, as well as the accents of her various alter egos, made her stand out even on a track with Kanye West and Jay Z, both rap legends in their own right.
Her debut album, ‘Pink Friday,’ was a commercial success, with the single ‘Super Bass’ selling a lot of copies. The following album would be a departure from hip hop, focusing on the popular disco-pop of the time, but it sold poorly.
With ‘Anaconda’ reaching peak Nicki heights and the album being cited as her best project, her third venture, ‘Pinkprint,’ she returned to the same hip hop style and the album was a big success.
‘Queen,’ Nicki’s next album, received some attention, but not to the same extent as her previous projects. Since then, she has had two number one singles, the first with Doja Cat on ‘Say So,’ and the second with 6ix9ine on ‘FeFe.’ Still, Nicki Minaj isn’t known for her music; she’s a queen entertainer first and foremost.
3. Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill, the greatest female rapper of all time and one of the most influential rappers of all time, made a name for herself right away when she joined the band Fugees.
She released two albums with Fugees, the latter of which won Best Rap Album at the Grammys, making her the first woman to do so.
When the band disbanded, Hill launched her solo career, and her first album, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ as well as the first single, ‘Doo Wop (That Thing),’ shot straight to the top of the charts, making her the first artist to ever do so.
She was also the first female rapper to have her album nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year, the latter being the first rap album ever nominated.
Her first album was her last, and she hasn’t released an album since, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of the spotlight. The reason she is not ranked first on this list is that she has brought to light a number of her actions that can only be described as erratic. We’re hoping to hear an album from this great legend soon.
4. Cardi B
It’s Cardi B, so gather the Bardi gang. There’s a reason she’s the biggest name on this list, and it has nothing to do with her music.
Cardi B is a certified star, a marketing genius, and the happiest person to be around. She burst onto the scene with the smash ‘Bodak Yellow,’ which rocketed to the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female rapper to do so since 1999. This was followed by ‘I Like It,’ which has been dubbed one of the greatest summer songs of all time.
Then she released her highly anticipated album ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ which blew up on every radio station, mall, and Spotify and was named one of the best albums of 2019 by the Grammys, winning Best Rap Album.
However, proving that she isn’t a one-trick pony, even after her first album, she topped the Billboard Hot 100 alongside Maroon 5 with ‘Girls Like You,’ and both of her upcoming album release singles, ‘WAP’ and ‘Up,’ sat atop the Billboard Hot 100.
‘WAP’ alone was such a huge hit that it influenced many people to openly discuss sex and made the music industry a safe space to discuss sex positivity and women’s bodies. Regardless of when her second album is released, it is guaranteed to be on everyone’s mind for the next few years.
5. Queen Latifah
The queen of all trades, she can do it all, from singing to acting to rapping, and she does it all with style. Queen Latifah’s name will go down in history as one of the most influential personas of the modern era.
She has many albums to her credit, beginning with her first two records, ‘All Hail The Queen’ and ‘Nature of a Sista’ on Tommy Boy Records. She then appeared in her first sitcom, ‘Living Single,’ and released ‘Black Reign,’ the first album by a solo female artist to receive RIAA certification.
On the album, there is a single called U.N.I.T.Y., which received widespread acclaim for its message of raising awareness about violence against women as well as the objectification of Black women.
She is a trailblazer in everything she does, from receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role in Chicago to hosting her own talk show.
With this many rappers at the helm, the ship is bound for greater diversity in rap music and deserving recognition for women. And if you enjoyed this list, please check out their albums and songs to learn more about the sheet artistry and excellence that these women put into their work.