Best Female Rapper

Mar 28, 2023 ByClaire Miles

Hip-hop is one of the genres that has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Several artists have made it through their music and become famous figures worldwide. Among them, female rappers stand out as they continue to make a statement with their lyrics and beats.

Nicki Minaj, often referred to as the “Queen of Rap,” is one of the most recognizable names in modern rap music. One of the best-selling music artists with over 100 million records sold worldwide, Nicki Minaj is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Billboard also ranked her number one on their list of the best female rappers of the 2010s. The Trinidadian rapper is primarily known for her versatile style, blunt and direct lyrics, astonishingly smooth movements, and varied use of accents and imagery.

Another superstar rapper, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, is one of the most influential figures in rap music. She has sold over 30 million records in the United States and is among the best-selling artists with four Grammy Awards. This is why Missy was called the ‘Queen of Rap’ in the 90s and early 2000s. With her unique approach, Missy was one of the game-changers in rap history, lifting restrictions on how female rap artists sound and look. She was and still is known for her catchy lyrical content and the experimental and abstract concepts of her music videos.

Nicki Minaj performs as headliner of night one of Rolling Loud NYC at Citi Field on September 23, 2022 in New York City.

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Another female rap legend is Lauryn Hill, although she has only one album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” The album won five Grammy Awards and redefined the hip-hop sound. She is considered an artist who popularized melodious rap with hip-hop and neo-soul influences. While she hasn’t released many solo albums or records, she has inspired a new generation of artists from various genres, such as Beyonce, Dua Lipa, and more. She is widely credited for attempting to break down the wall for female rappers with her melodic rapping style that changed the hip-hop scene. Her unique style and incredible fluidity in her solo work and previous work with The Fugees make her one of the greatest hip-hop artists and rappers of all time.