7 Iconic Female Rappers Who Influenced Rappers Worldwide

Miss Lauryn Hill

While our female rappers throw hands and give us a clownish show on TV, let’s take a moment to take a look at female rappers who helped make an impact in the Hiphop industry.
Rappers who made it work in a male dominated field as far back as the 90s

The Ogees who made more girls say “oh I want to be a rapper!”


Before MC Lyte, no female rapper had ever released a studio album—but that all changed in 1988 with Lyte as a Rock. The album, which was released under First Priority Music/Atlantic Records, reached Billboard’s Top 50 for Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. Five years later, Lyte also became the first female solo rapper nominated for a Grammy. She’s still active and does a lot in contributing to upcoming talent.

Music video of MC Lyte


Though her spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart came alongside Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Pink via 2001’s “Lady Marmalade,” Lil’ Kim is in a league of her own. With legendary albums like Hard Core and Notorious K.I.M. that inspired many to follow her lead, it’s no wonder why she’s referred to as the “Queen Bee.” Several rappers today were inspired by her.

Lil Kim and Notorious BIG music video


Debuting in 1997 with Supa Dupa Fly, Elliott brought a unique sound and attention-demanding look to the scene. With iconic songs and accompanying music videos like “The Rain,” “Get Ur Freak On,” and “Gossip Folks,” Missy made her mark on music like no one else could and is still very active in the music scene.

Missy Elliot’s music video for Work It


Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton teamed up with DJ Spinderella to make massive hits like “Whatta Man,” “Push It.” and “Shoop.” In 1995, they took home the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The success of their 1993 album, Very Necessary, made them the first female rap group with a platinum album.

They’re still both very active.

the famous song, Push It


Before embarking on a successful career as an actor and spokesperson, Queen Latifah was a Grammy-winning rapper with a socially-conscious message. Queen Latifah recorded seven studio albums featuring hits like “Ladies First” and “U.N.I.T.Y.” She’s currently known for her role in several movies!

Queen Latifah music video


The eight-time Grammy winner began her career as a member of the Fugees, but it wasn’t until she went solo that the accolades really began to stack up. Though she’s only released one studio album, Hill’s impact goes far beyond The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won Best Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards. The album was so impactful she still goes on tour for it.

Lauryn Hill music video


The “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” rapper joined forces with then No Doubt front woman, Gwen Stefani, to take home the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002, but that was far from her only hit. Eve, who has also gone on to a successful career as an actress, has seven songs that reached Billboards Top 10.

Music video from Eve

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