Best Female Rappers

by cleverthug | created - 31 Jul 2012 | updated - 31 Jul 2012 | Public

Some of my favorites aren't listed on IMDB, so this list may be forever incomplete...

1. Lil' Kim

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Kimberly Denise Jones, was born on July 11, 1974, to parents Linwood Jones and Ruby Mae. She is of Native American and African American descent. Standing just 4 feet 11 inches tall Kimberly Jones seems much less than being just your average girl in the hood, but when "Lil' Kim" was introduced to ...

2. MC Lyte

Actress | Girls Trip

A philanthropist who has presented almost $900,000 in scholarships over the past seven years, an actress on Power, Queen of the South, SWAT, and more, MC LYTE is ONLY female solo hip hop artist to receive the BET I Am Hip Hop ICON Award. First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first ...

3. Lauryn Hill

Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That ...

4. Jean Grae

Actress | Life with Jeannie

Jean Grae (Tsidi Ibrahim) was originally from South Africa, but says that she will always be a New Yorker by heart. She is the daughter of two jazz musicians. Jean learned an appreciation for all genres of music at 9. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a vocal major and was later ...

5. Bahamadia

Soundtrack | Domino

6. Roxanne Shanté

Soundtrack | Colors

Roxanne Shanté was born on November 9, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Lolita Shanté Gooden. She has been married to Jabbar Ali since 2017. They have two children.

7. Rah Digga

Soundtrack | Thir13en Ghosts

One of the most respected and premier mc's - regardless of gender - Rashia Fisher aka Rah Digga, has been legendary. She started off the only female member of New Jersey's acclaimed hip hop group, Da Outsidaz, where she also met future husband, Young Zee. Rah exploded on the music scene when she ...

8. Queen Latifah

Actress | Hairspray

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens Sr. She came from a ...

9. Da Brat

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Da Brat was born on April 14, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Shawntae Harris. She is a producer and actress, known for Bad Boys (1995), Big Momma's House (2000) and Wasabi (2001).

10. Foxy Brown

Soundtrack | Jackie Brown

Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn native, never thought she would be in the rap industry, much less in films. Even though she received a lot of skepticism from critics because of her raunchy lyrics and sexual appeal in music videos, Foxy still managed to stay on top. With a platinum album under her belt, and ...

11. Azealia Banks

Soundtrack | Pitch Perfect

Azealia Banks was born on May 31, 1991 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Azealia Amanda Banks. She is an actress and composer, known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Love Beats Rhymes (2017) and The Heat (2013).

12. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Soundtrack | Nothing to Lose

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After ...

13. Eve

Actress | Barbershop

Eve was born on November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Eve Jihan Jeffers. She is an actress, known for Barbershop (2002), xXx (2002) and Whip It (2009). She has been married to Maximillion Cooper since June 14, 2014.

14. Monie Love

Soundtrack | Boyz n the Hood

Monie Love was born on July 2, 1970 in London, England as Simone Wilson. She is an actress, known for Boyz n the Hood (1991), Class Act (1992) and Who's the Man? (1993).

15. Gangsta Boo

Actress | Gangsta Boo: Meet The Devil

Gangsta Boo is an actress, known for Gangsta Boo: Meet The Devil (2015), Rap City (2000) and Unsung (2008).

16. Missy Elliott

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Hip-hop emcee and R&B songwriter Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become one of the most esteemed figures in contemporary American music, providing material for artists including MC Lyte, Adina Howard, and Jodeci, as well as working as an arranger, producer, talent ...

17. Nicki Minaj

Actress | The Other Woman

Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982 in St. James, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, New York. She grew up in a troubled family with a father that was a drug addict who later changed after he checked into rehab and started going to church. ...

18. Trina

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

Katrina Taylor grew up in Miami, Florida suffering many hardships but battled it all, simply by believing that dreams are true and by putting faith in her dreams, someday everything will change for her. She never considered a carrer in music, untill spotted by locally based rapper Trick Daddy, who ...

19. Remy Ma

Actress | 6:45

Remy Ma was born on May 30, 1980 in South Bronx, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Reminisce Smith. She has been married to Papoose since December 17, 2015. They have one child.

20. Lady Luck

Actress | EPMD Feat. Method Man, Redman & Lady Luck: Symphony 2000

Lady Luck was born on September 4, 1981 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Shanel Jones. She is an actress, known for EPMD Feat. Method Man, Redman & Lady Luck: Symphony 2000 (1999), Smack DVD Magazine (2007) and Backstage (2000).

21. The Lady of Rage

Actress | Next Friday

The Lady of Rage was born on February 6, 1966 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA as Robin Yvette Allen. She is an actress, known for Next Friday (2000), The Steve Harvey Show (1996) and Above the Rim (1994).

22. Cheryl 'Salt' James

Soundtrack | Captain Marvel

Cheryl R. 'Salt' James was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 28, 1966. While attending Queens Borough Colege, she met Sandra 'Pepa' Denton. She and Sandra were both studying nursing. Together, they formed Salt-N-Pepa, a rap group, in 1986. In 1988, Deidre 'Spinderella' Roper joined the group. ...

23. Pepa

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Sandra Denton "Pepa" was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 7, 1964. Her family moved to Queens, New York, when she was a child. In 1985, while studying nursing at Queens Borough College, she met Cheryl 'Salt' James. They began rapping together. In 1986, they formed Salt-N-Pepa. Sandra made her ...

24. Charli Baltimore

Soundtrack | Fish Tank

Born to a German father and an African-American mother, Charli was raised mainly by her elder half-sister, Yolanda. After graduating Pierce College and having two daughters, she met the Notorious B.I.G. at a concert in the summer of 1995. He supported her in her rap ambitions, but after his death ...

25. Yolanda 'Yo-Yo' Whittaker

Actress | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whittaker) has been among the most sophisticated and unpredictable female MCs around. She doesn't take an overtly feminist tack but urges young women to show sexual restraint and use their minds as well as their bodies.

Her introduction to the hip-hop game came with an appearance...

26. La Chat

Soundtrack | Baby Boy

La Chat is an actress, known for Baby Boy (2001), Three 6 Mafia: Choices - The Movie (2001) and King Killumbia: Do Sumthin' (2019).

27. Shawnna

Soundtrack | 2 Fast 2 Furious

An MC from the south side of Chicago - and the daughter of blues guitarist Buddy Guy, Shawnna (Rashawnna Guy) began writing rhymes while in high school. She got her first break in 1996, when her duo Infamous Syndicate opened for {$Junior M.A.F.I.A. in Chicago. Infamous Syndicate signed to ...

28. Queen Pen

Actress | Colorz of Rage

Queen Pen was born as Lynise Walters.

29. Mia X

Actress | I Got the Hook Up

Mia X was born on January 9, 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Mia Kristen Young. She is an actress, known for I Got the Hook Up (1998), Pootie Tang (2001) and Foolish (1999).

30. Brittany Diamond Carpentero

Actress | Five Days in the 'A'

Brittany Diamond Carpentero is an actress, known for Five Days in the 'A' (2009), Blues for Life (2016) and Sisterhood of Hip Hop (2014).

31. LoLa Monroe

Actress | Video Girl

LoLa Monroe was born on October 24, 1986 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress, known for Video Girl (2011), Ragneron (2019) and Before I Self Destruct (2009).

32. Niatia 'Lil Mama' Kirkland

Actress | Lil Mama: Lip Gloss

Niatia Kirkland, better known as Lil Mama, is a multifaceted and dynamic entertainer, singer, rapper, songwriter, actress, and exceptional dancer. Lil Mama is known for her keen spirit, and in addition to her artistic abilities, she is an inspirational speaker and entrepreneur.

Born in Harlem, NY, ...

33. Vita

Soundtrack | Daredevil

Vita was born on September 25, 1976 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as Lavita Raynor.

34. Ms. Jade

Actress | Sinner City

Ms. Jade is an actress, known for Sinner City (2017), Missy Elliott ft. Ludacris: Gossip Folks (2003) and So You Think You Can Dance (2005).

36. Khia

Soundtrack | Into the Blue

Khia was born on November 8, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Khia Shamone Chambers.

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