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Fact: Women are largely under-represented in hip-hop today. In the testosterone-filled world of hip-hop, only a handful of the ladies have succeeded in breaking the mold. So, in the spirit of national women's month, we celebrate the careers of the 10 best female rappers. See myTop 10 Female Rappers gallery to find out who's No. 1.

Disclaimer: This list is based mostly on impact and prowess, and should not be regarded as gospel. Any omission is highly intentional regretted. Think I forgot someone? Make your own list here.

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August 28, 2006 at 12:37 pm
(1) Darin says:

How could you leave out the “God Mother” of hip hip….Bahamadia?


March 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm
(2) Godsoon says:

Lool..in this Top 10 Female Rappers the best is MC Lyte, but in the Top 50 Best Rappers MC Lyte is # 26, and Lauryn Hill is # 18

March 31, 2007 at 12:38 pm
(3) James says:

That was Top 50 Emcees, not Rappers. The Emcee list measures a more balanced and varied skill set.

March 31, 2007 at 1:36 pm
(4) Henry says:

“That was Top 50 Emcees, not Rappers. The Emcee list measures a more balanced and varied skill set.”

Tell em, James!

April 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm
(5) Compton_Chick23 says:

I do not like this list simply because Lauryn Hill had one solo album that was not a rap album, it was an r&b album. Missy Elliott should be number 1 since she’s had more better albums than Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, and Queen (not that they ain’t good). And you missing Shawnna, and Remy Ma, nobody really gives a rats behind who Rah Digga is, she cannot freestyle worth a damn.

April 1, 2007 at 9:41 pm
(6) Henry says:

And you missing Shawnna
^^This is a joke, right?

April 2, 2007 at 8:08 pm
(7) Compton_Chick23 says:

Have you heard her or Remy Ma’s albums? They can rap a hell of a lot better than Jean Grae.

April 2, 2007 at 8:43 pm
(8) The Chosen One says:

Compton Chick, U R smoking some serious crack. Remy Ma, Shawnna better than Jean Grae LOL. Leave that crack alone.

April 3, 2007 at 4:35 pm
(9) Compton_Chick23 says:

Y’all too busy buyin wack stuff like Release Therapy and Kingdom Dumb to know whats good. Remy Ma and Shawnna are damn good.

April 3, 2007 at 8:22 pm
(10) The Chosen One says:

Yo Compton Chick, Kingdom Dumb LOL, that’s funny. I’m not a Jay-Z fan or a Ludacris fan neither.

April 6, 2007 at 5:16 pm
(11) dreadklove says:

OMG…SAY NO TO DRUGS>>PLEASE>>> HENRY YOUR LIST IS GOOD…honorable mentions Bahamadia,Yoyo,Heather B,MC TROUBLE..

April 6, 2007 at 5:36 pm
(12) dreadklove says:

OMG…please beleive…the sistas who don’t have to use sex to get by will always rank…be sexy,not slutty…ya dig.Intelligence will rank even higher..say something.

May 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm
(13) layzieone says:

you guys should be glad that mexican female rappers. are not on the list


by the way how come “DA BRAT” “CHA CHA” “SOLE” “QUEEN PEN” & “THE LADY OF RAGE” wasn’t on the list.

October 27, 2011 at 2:26 am
(14) The New One says:

Yeah! Mexicanas are doing it STRONG these days! I love to see you women rise and rise to the T-O-P! Keep ya head up and shake off those haters!

June 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm
(15) La Flora Venenosa says:

Thanks for the love for real!!

October 27, 2011 at 2:28 am
(16) The New One says:

Yeah you mexicanas are blessed with so much BEAUTY and TALENT!

October 27, 2011 at 3:28 am
(17) class of fitness says:

hey, no problem just showing some love.

October 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm
(18) andre StL says:

To me what determines who are the best rappers,male or females should be album sells. Another thing,many rappers who makes remixes, often won’t rerelease the singles after a while. To make a good
point. Somebody should do a rare remix album of various songs that got air play. For example,Yo-Yo’s Black Pearl & Don’t Be A Fool.

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