The Female Rappers Who’ve Ruled The Rap World


The male-dominated genre Rap music always had a complicated relationship with the female. However, from Queen Latifah to Cardi B Proved that rap was never just a man’s game. Here is a brief list for you.

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Roxanne Shante

Roxanne was active from 1984to 1996. The most iconic track of her career was “Roxanne’s Revenge”. She was a member of the Juice Crew. She was just 14 when the above track made her the first popular female MC. She released two albums, Bad Sister (1989) and The Bitch Is Back (1992). At the age of 25, she retired from the industry. 



The group comprised of Salt (Cheryl James), Pepa (Sandra Denton), and DJ Spinderella (Diedra Roper). They released five studio albums during their active years from 1985 to 1997. Their debut album Hot, Cool & Vicious sold over 1 million copies. They established their group as the first female rap group to achieve both gold and platinum certification.


MC Lyte

MC Lyte was one of the pioneers of a female rapper. Lyte made her the first solo female rapper to achieve gold certification. In 2015, she released her eighth and most recent album, Legend. “Keep On, Keepin’On” was the most iconic track of her career.


Lil’ Kim

Lil’ Kim started as a member of the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. Then she released her solo in 1996. Her debut album was Hard Core which was a huge hit. Kim’s explicit sex-positive feminist lyric was very popular among her fans and her tracks always place female pleasure ahead of a man’s.



Trina was Rising out of the Miami rap scene after catching the attention of Trick Daddy. Trina has six studio albums till now and her most iconic track is “Here We Go” feat Kelly Rowland. She has been performing since 1998 and is considered as “the most consistent female rapper of all time” by XXX Magazine.