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3. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens)

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Queen Latifah couldn't have picked a more appropriate moniker. Thanks to her brilliant mesh of social commentary and lyrical wizardry, this queen had no problem attracting a cult-like following from the jump. Latifah was one of the first rappers to demand respect and gender equality in hip-hop. Who can forget the Grammy-winning "U.N.I.T.Y." (from Black Reign), in which she made it clear that calling her the B-word is a quick way to get "punched dead" in the face?

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