Rapping for women can be challenging especially in a men dominated Hip Hop field.
Below is the Top 7 Most Popular and Best Selling Female Rapper in the World, between 2010 and 2017, Nicki Minaj was nominated in the BET Awards category for
Best Female Hip Hop Artist, she also won in the category.
Women have been a vital part of hip-hop since its inception. In the genre, it’s pretty typical to tell different stories, whether they’re about your neighborhood, beliefs, or experiences, so of course there is plenty of room to be made for the women in hip-hop who have something to say. We started off with legends like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shanté, and Salt N’ Pepa. Together these artists gave the culture feminist anthems like “U.N.I.T.Y.,” fashion statements never seen outside of a NY neighborhood, one of the best rap beefs ever, and wordplay you just don’t hear anymore.
7. NICKI MINAJ
Onika Tanya Maraj born December 8, 1982, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and model. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be “the most influential female rapper of all time.
Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. Minaj has received ten Grammy nominations throughout her career, and has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and was the recipient of Billboard’s Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics and Pepsi. She is the best-selling female rapper of all time. She is the best female rapper as well as a big competition to the male rappers.
6. LIL KIM
Kimberly Denise Jones born July 11, 1975, known by her stage name Lil’ Kim, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, model, and actress. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, living much of her adolescent life on the streets after being expelled from home. In her teens, Jones would freestyle rap, heavily influenced by actress/singer Diana Ross, and fellow female hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and The Lady of Rage.
Performing a freestyle rap for The Notorious B.I.G. got her music career start in 1995 with his group Junior M.A.F.I.A., whose debut album Conspiracy generated two top 20 singles in the United States. She is often referred to as the “Queen of Hip-Hop”, “Queen of Rap” and “Rap Goddess” due to her achievement and heavy impact in female rap industry. 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.
5. MC LYTE
MC Lyte born Lana Michelle Moorer; October 11, 1970 is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. She began rapping at the age of 12.
MC Lyte’s track “Ruffneck” was nominated for a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rap Single, making her the first female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy. In 2013, MC Lyte received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Hip Hop Inaugural Ball. She was the first female solo hip hop artist to receive BET’s “I Am Hip Hop” Icon Lifetime Achievement Award, making her the first female solo hip hop artist to receive the honor from the network.
4. MISSY ELLIOTT
Melissa Arnette Elliott born July 1, 1971, better known as Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, is an American rapper, dancer, and record producer.
She latter won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance; Elliott went on to win four Grammy Awards and sell over 30 million records in the United States. She is the best-selling female rap artist in Nielsen Music history.
Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper born November 10, 1978 is an American rapper and actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002.
After high school, Eve moved to New York but ended up working as a stripper. Unhappy with her circumstances, she decided to get serious about a music career and received a break at 18 years old when friends arranged an audition for her with the producer Dr. Dre, who signed her to Aftermath Entertainment under the recording name Eve of Destruction.
2. FOXY BROWN
Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand born September 6, 1978, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown, is an American rapper, model, and actress. She is of mixed Afro-Trinidadian, Indo-Trinidadian and Chinese Trinidadian descent. She is best known for her solo work, as well as numerous collaborations with other artists and her brief stint as part of hip hop group The Firm.
In December 2005, she began suffering from hearing loss, which put her career on hiatus until the next summer, a few months after surgery. A street album, Brooklyn Don Diva, which originally was a mixtape, was released in May 2008. Her upcoming fourth studio album King Soon Come is expected to be released in 2018. Referred as “Hip-Hop Princess” by media, Foxy Brown has sold over 13 million records worldwide including her work with The Firm.
1. LAURYN HILLS
Lauryn Noelle Hill born May 26, 1975 is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and broke several sales records.
Raised mostly in South Orange, New Jersey, Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood.
She enjoyed success as an actress at an early age, with her older brother Graham Hill, appearing in a recurring role on the television soap opera As the World Turns and starring in the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. In high school, Hill was approached by Pras Michel to start a band, which his friend, Wyclef Jean, soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released the albums Blunted on Reality (1994) and the Grammy Award-winning The Score (1996).
In the latter record, which sold six million copies in the United States, Hill rose to prominence with her African-American and Caribbean music influences, her rapping and singing, and her rendition of the hit “Killing Me Softly”. Hill’s tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.