Top 5 Greatest Female Rappers

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EMGWorld lists the 5 greatest female rappers



5. Queen Latifah

Known for her aggressive delivery and potent rhymes, we could never leave out the Queen from any list giving props to the greatest female rappers.  Her talent as an actress may have persuaded many from ever believing she was once a female MC.  Latifah made her presence known with the release of her 1989 debut album, All Hail the Queen.


Latifah eventually evolved into an Academy Award actress, as well as a media mogul whose business sense keeps her beyond paid.  Though musically she evolved into a singer, she is still recognized as one of the top female rappers of all-time.


Most notable single:


4. Foxy Brown

Foxy Brown takes her spot as the 4th best female rapper of all-time.  The teenage Brown released her debut album Ill Na Na on Def Jam in 1996.  With production from Trackmasters and appearances from Blackstreet to Jay-Z, the album was a success.  Ill Na Na produced two hit singles, “Get Me Home” and “I’ll Be” on its way to becoming a certified platinum album.


She joined forces with Nas, AZ and Nature to release the Dr. Dre produced album, The Firm in 1997.  Her second album in 1999, Chyna Doll, also reached platinum status.  With a promising career, Foxy began to tarnish it with arising legal problems.   Her next two albums did not reach the success of her first two.  Though her spitting outside the booth may have taken away her shine, Foxy cannot be forgotten and is recognized on our list as one of the greatest females to spit on wax.


Most notable single:
“I’ll Be”



3. Da Brat

Introduced by teen rap group Kris Kross to producer Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat released her debut album Funkdafied.   Da Brat made history in sales with her debut album by becoming the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album.  Ironically, Da Brat’s following album releases never generated the same success as the first.


Throughout her career, Da Brat made more of a name for herself as a feature artist.  She was a home run hitter on songs with Missy Elliot, Brandy and Mariah Carey.  Legal problems eventually put a stop to what should have been a rising career.


Most notable single:

Give it to you”


2. MC Lyte



MC Lyte is the first solo female rapper to release a full album with her 1988 debut, Lyte as a Rock on Atlantic Records.  It wasn’t until Lyte’s fourth album, Ain’t No Other, that she reached gold status.  The album featured her most memorable song, “Ruffneck.” Her next album, Bad as I Wanna B, produced similar results with the smash singles, “Keep On, Keepin’ On” and “Cold Rock a Party.”


MC Lyte is recognized for her smooth delivery and conscientious flow.  She is honored in our countdown as the second greatest female rapper of all-time.


Most notable single:




1. Eve

Eve takes the crown as the number one female rapper of all-time.   Her debut album, Let There Be Eve.. Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, became the first female hip-hop album to enter at #1 on the Billboard 200.  Her second album, Scorpion, went on to go platinum and win a Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.”


The Philadelphia diva has sold a reported 8 million records worldwide.  She is the only artist on our list to have recorded a song with Michael Jackson (Butterflies remix).  Eve is expected to release a new album this year.


Most notable single:

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind”


Honorable Mention:

Queen Pen, YoYo, Roxanne Shante, Lauren Hill, Missy



**In case you're wondering..  Lil Kim never wrote her own lyrics and Nicki Minaj is still too new to be on anyone's top 5 list..  Otherwise they would've been listed..


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