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1. MC Lyte

MC Lyte (Lana Michele Moorer)

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1. MC Lyte

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Ask an average hip-hop fan who the greatest rapper of all time is, you're more than likely to get about 10 different answers. Now, switch the question to "Who's the best female rapper of all time?" and, alas, you're more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.

MC Lyte changed hip-hop's portrait of a female rapper without changing her outfit. She cloaked her style in dignity, integrity, and best of all, superiority. Lyte could run circles around most of her peers — male or female. Her deft wordplay, swift delivery, butter-smooth flow make her the undeniable queen of hip-hop.

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