We love hip hop, we love rap, and we love women. One day we were hanging out at Dope HQ talking about music and someone asked “Who are the best female rappers of all time?” The debate got a little heated. Chairs were thrown. Feelings were hurt, but finally we settle on a list.  As usual we’re not saying that this list is all exhaustive or all inclusive. You may notice that a lot of these ladies aren’t really deep in the rap game anymore.  That’s sad. We wish the current crop of female rappers was as Dope as the old ones, but they aren’t. Of course there’s probably a rapper in some basement in Cleveland who can rap circles around Nicki Minaj, but we’ve never heard of her.  And sure Bahamadia was your favorite rapper in ’94 when you went through your “God-body” phase, but she’s not on our list. But if we truly left someone out, please let us know in the comments.

Best Female Rappers of All Time

Lil’ Kim

Most of the hot verses we remember from Lil’ Kim were not written by Lil’ Kim.  That doesn’t mean that she can’t flow, or write for that matter. Either way, when we think female rappers, we instantly think about the Queen Bee. No one can argue that she’s not one of the best female rappers of all time.

Foxy Brown

Foxy Boogie Brown is bad as hell. Ill Na Na is a classic. She went deaf and her career went to shit, but she’s still one of the best to do it. She’s been on tracks with some of the greatest rappers ever (Jay-Z, Nas, Method Man) and held her own.

Queen Latifah

Before she was Living Single and showing her titties in movies, Queen Latifah was a rapper. She was pretty much the female rapper in the late 80s. Not to mention she was responsible for putting on more rappers than your favorite rapper ever has. She’s definitely one of the best female rappers of all time, if not for skill then just for her importance.

Lady Of Rage

“Afro Puffs” was a hit. But that’s not really where Rage shone brightest. Listen to the G-Funk Intro and you’ll see why she’s on our list.  Death Row decided that she was going to be the first thing you heard on Snoop’s album.  Think about. She had a whole track on Snoop’s debut album and no one ever asked why.

Lauryn Hill

L-Boogie is dope. If you disagree, you’re wrong. She’s pretty much the reason why The Fugees became known. Without her it’s just two Haitians rapping poorly.  She get’s props for Sister Act 2 as well, even if ‘Pac didn’t like her.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki is a household name. And even if she seems to be more pop star than rapper lately, she’s still a force on the mic, when she wants to be.  You know a female rapper is nice when people start saying that her verses where written by a man.  No, women can rap, too. It’s 2015, knock that off.

Heather B

All Glocks Down. Pioneer for real. But seriously, if you get co-signed by M.O.P. you make the list. That’s the rule.

Remy Ma

Again, if you get cosigned by M.O.P. you make the list. Not to mention Big Pun was her homeboy.  The “Ante Up Remix” solidified her place in hip hop history. Her verse is the hardest one on the track.

Da Brat

Some people have said that she was created by Jermaine Dupri to be a female Snoop and if you look at her style on that first album it’s not hard to see why. But when she jumped on “Da B Side” with Biggie we heard break out and prove that she should be considered amongst the best female rappers in the game.

MC Lyte

When 2Pac takes your song and flips it, you know you’re good and it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. MC Lyte got busy on the mic.

Dej Loaf

She’s new on the scene but she’s proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Her style is definitely something new and it’s always fun to see an attractive woman talking hood shit.

Azealia Banks

She’s more than just the chick who hates Iggy Azalea.  She’s a spitter.  Hopefully one day she’ll leave Twitter alone and focus on putting out music.


The illest pitbull in a skirt. Eve was the feminine touch that was needed in her circle. She ran with a pack of wild pitbull dogs and held her own.

Mia X

Perhaps it’s because she rapped after garbage ass Silkk the Shocker, but on “Make Em Say Uhh” Mia X stole the show.


Honorable Mentions:

Roxanne Shante


Missy Elliott

Jean Grae

Rah Digga







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  1. NewAgeOutlaw September 20, 2015 at 11:21 pm -

    What, no Snow Da Product, Angel Haze, or Gangsta Boo?