50 Greatest Songs By Female Rappers
A "female rapper" is a rapper.
Some of the fiercest lyricists, most consistent hitmakers and most visionary album artists in hip-hop have been women. Since the Sugarhill Days of The Sequence, to the brash b-girlism of Roxanne Shante, to the Golden Age greatness of MC Lyte and Salt-N-Pepa, the jiggy flyness of Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, the early 00s heyday of Eve and Crime Mob and the 2010s dominance of Nicki Minaj. Women aren't a footnote to hip-hop's history, they are hip-hop's history.
So to highlight all of the great rap songs from women over the years, we ranked the most classic cuts over the last 38 years of great hip-hop records. There's some pop hits, some gangsta s---, songs about gettin' them dollas and songs about demanding respect. But the variety is reflective of the diverse experiences of Black women in this genre and in this industry. Some of these you know and some may be new to you--but make no mistake, every last one of these tracks is very necessary if you want to get a broad look at how much dopeness we've gotten from women in hip-hop over the years.
So here they are, the 50 Greatest Songs By Female Rappers.