Today, rapping has become the order of the day. This is because many kinds of music played in the streets and parties are hip-hop and rap. Rap began with Kool Herc, from Jamaica in the Bronx, in 1971. However, the best female rappers have played crucial roles in helping the music industry grow. This is because the demand for their new songs increases daily.
When it comes to the rap game, females have thoroughly enjoyed success. There has been a steady rise of female rappers taking over the game after several others in the past few years. Who are the best and most notable female rappers?
Hip-hop has had many queens reign supreme in both underground and mainstream circles.
Who is the best female rapper of all time?
Missy Elliott still holds the records as the best female rapper, with over 30 million records sold. Missy is considered the most selling female rap artist of all time. The rapper remains to be the best rapper, songwriter, and singer because she is the only one who has ever won Grammy Award five times.
Elliott was born on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia, and she was named Mellisa Arnette Elliott. The rapper was raised as the only child to her parents. Some of her albums are Supa Dupa Fly, Da Real World, and Miss E … So Addictive.
List of other best female rappers and their photos
There are thousands of rappers out there, but women are doing quite impressive in carving out a space for themselves in a male-dominated genre. Their rhythmic skills and a variety of flavours are worth adding to your rotation. The following list contains some of the women who have made great strides in proving themselves in rap and hip hop music:
1. Nicki Minaj
The renowned rap artist was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, and was named Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty. She was raised in Queens, New York City. The Hip Hop star gained public recognition when she released mixtapes, Beam Me Up Scotty, Sucka Free, and Playtime Is Over.
She is of the top 3 female rappers right now. The celebrity has received many accolades, including 11 BET Awards, 6 American awards, 2 Billboard Women in Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, and 10 Grammy Award nominations.
Nicki is among the female rappers who have sold more than 60 million singles as a featured artist, 20 million singles as lead artists, and more than five million albums worldwide. This makes her the highest-selling female rapper.
2. Cardi B
This stunning and famous Hip Hop female artist was born in Manhattan and was named Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar. She was raised in The Bronx, New York City.
Apart from rapping, Cardi B is also a songwriter, actress, and television personality. She became a public figure when some of her posts and videos went viral on Instagram and Vine.
Cardi B was recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential female Hip Hop and rap artists of all time, due to her candid lyrics with wide media coverage.
Her accolades include 11 BET Hip Hop Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 5 Guinness World Records, 7 Billboard Music Awards, and a Grammy award.
3. Lil’ Kim
The gorgeous female rapper was born and named Kimberly Denise Jones. Kim was raised in New York in Brooklyn, and she was in the streets during her adolescent life because she was expelled from home. Lil Kim is among the best selling female rappers as she has sold more than 30 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide so far.
Some of her songs on Complex’s list of the 50 Best Rap Songs by Women are Not Tonight (Ladies Night), Big Momma Thang, and No Time.
4. Remy Ma
Big Pun discovered the female rapper through her work as a member of Fat Joe’s group. Also, Terror Squad made her well known. Her debut studio album was Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, it was released in 2006. It became number 33 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The celebrity is one of the five female artists who have ever topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Remy Ma is also the winner of the BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist in 2005 and 2017.
5. Lauryn Hill
The Hip Hop and rap artist is famous for being a Fugees member. She formed a band with Fugees and released two albums, The Score and Blunted on Reality, that won Grammy Awards.
Lauryn's solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has also increased her popularity worldwide. This album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Some of the singles included in this album are Ex-Factor, Everything Is Everything, and Doo Woop (That Thing).
During the 41st Grammy Awards, she won 5 awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
The celebrity started her rapping career at North Carolina State University after joining a Hip Hop H2O and Kooley High. On December 7, 2010, Rapsody released her first mixtape Return of the B-Girl that featured Big Daddy Kane and Mac miller. Her second mixtape was Thank H.E.R Now, and it featured Big K.R.I.T, Murs, Jean, Grae, Raekwon, Estelle, and Marsha Ambrosius.
7. Eve Jihan
Eva is a renowned female rapper in the world. She hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2002 her single, Let Me blow Ya Mind, made her a winner of the Grammy award.
The single featured Gwen Stefani, who is an American singer. The celebrity was ranked number 48 on the VH1’s list, “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era.”
8. MC Lyte
Mc Lyte is also among the best female rappers of all time who has been doing quite well in the music industry. She rose to stardom in the 1980s, as she was the first female rapper to release a full album, Lyte as a Rock in 1988.
She also released another album, Ain’t No Other in 1993, which reached gold status, and it was notable for her single Ruffneck. Ruffneck was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Single. This made Mc Lyte the first solo rapper to be nominated for a Grammy.
Trina is another female rapper who came into the limelight in 1998 after appearing on the Trick daddy’s single, Nann Nigga. Shen released her album, Pull Over, and it was ranked number 27 by Complex in their Top 50 Best Rap songs by women. She was included in Billboard’s list of the 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip Hop in 2014.
10. Foxxy Brown
Foxxy is a famous female rap artist who has released many albums in her life. Some of them are III NA NA in 1996, Chyna Doll in 1999, and Broken Silence in 2001. The celebrity is usually referred to as “Hip Hop Princess” by the media. Some of her popular singles are Letter To The Firm, Oh Yeah, Get Me Home, Big Bad Mama, and I’II Be.
11. Da Brat
This rap star is popularly known for her unique rapping skills. Her career began in 1992, but in 1994, her debut album, Funkdafied, sold about one million copies. As a result, she became the first female solo rap artist to receive platinum certification.
The celebrity has been nominated for Grammy Awards twice. Some of her singles include Da B Side, Let’s All Get High, What’chu Like, and Funkdafied.
12. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is also another rap star who is among the best female artists of all time. In 1989, the celebrity signed with Tommy Boy Records, and in the same year, she released her debut album titled All Hail the Queen. The album featured one of her hit single Ladies First.
Latifah released her second album in 1991 titled Nature of a Sista. Then in 1993, she released another album titled Black Reign, and it featured her single U.N.I.T.Y that was on Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award.
13. The Lady Of Rage
She is a renowned rap female rapper who has done many collaborations with Death Row Records artists, including Snoop Doggy Doggy and Dr. Dre. The celebrity is considered as “one of the most skillful female MCs” with “hard-core lyrics” and “mastery of flow.”
The rapper released her hit single, Afro Puff in 1994, and it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Rap singles chart.
In June 1997, The Lady Of Rage released her debut solo album, Necessary Roughness, and it peaked number 7 on the Billboard R&B Album chart. The solo album also picked number 32 on the Billboard Albums chart.
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This female rapper starred in 2004 due to her singles Galang and Sunshowers. The singles reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the United States. Mia has been a nominee for Mercury Prize, Academy Award, and Grammy Awards. One of her singles, Paper Planes, was number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music industry has not only been dominated by male singers and rappers but many female rappers are also shining in this field. The above list contains the most notable and best female rappers of all time, some of their singles and albums.
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The institution will also play a crucial role in holding summer residential camps for many high school students.