Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971), better known as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, is an American rapper, dancer and record producer. Elliott embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV.
Queen Latifah was certainly not the first female rapper, but she was the first one to become a bona fide star. She had more charisma than her predecessors, and her strong, intelligent, no-nonsense persona made her arguably the first MC who could properly be described as feminist.
MC Lyte (Lana Michele Moorer) MC Lyte © mclyte.com. Ask an average hip-hop fan who the greatest rapper of all time is, you're more than likely to get about 10 different answers. Now, switch the question to "Who's the best female rapper of all time?" and, alas, you're more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.
In 1996, Foxy Brown engaged in disputes with former MTV Real World contestant-turned-rapper Heather B. and Lady of Rage after Brown made explicitly derogatory comments about the two. In 1997, the pair dissed Brown in the unreleased DJ Premier-produced "The Set Up", which was subsequently deleted from Lady of Rage's debut Necessary Roughness (1997).
Cardi B has a No. 1 song with “Bodak Yellow.” (Rob Kim/Getty Images) Cardi B is making money moves all the way to the top of the charts. The Bronx-born rapper has scored her first Billboard No. 1 with debut single "Bodak Yellow," making her the first female rapper in nearly 20 years to hit the top with a solo billing.
"There's strength in numbers," said Remy Ma of fellow female rappers at a "women's empowerment" brunch she hosted on All-Star Game Sunday. "There's strength in numbers," said Remy Ma of fellow female rappers at a "women's empowerment" brunch she hosted on All-Star Game Sunday.
Da Brat's debut album Funkdafied was released in 1994 and entered the rap albums chart at #1. The album went platinum, making her the first female solo rapper to sell one million copies. The eponymous single reached #1 on the rap singles chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In her spare time, Trina wrote rap rhymes, which caught the attention of Miami rapper Trick Daddy, who approached her in 1998 to be featured on his song "Nann Nigga". The song later became the lead single from his second studio album, www.thug.com, which was released in September 1998.
"Azealia Banks will have the album of the year across all genres. I will have the best female rap album this year and for years to come. Broke with Expensive Taste is miles ahead of anything any currently active female rapper is doing, has done or will do for the next 20 years, and Fantasea Two will be a reconfirmation of the fact that I am one of the most talented women in music, PERIOD.
In 1998, Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut, in which a handful of aspiring pop stars, rappers, and rock bands competed against each other in front of judges. The show's winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would then enter MTV's heavy rotation.
Robin Yvette Allen (born February 6, 1970), better known by her stage name The Lady of Rage, is an American rapper, singer and actress best known for collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg on the seminal albums The Chronic and Doggystyle.
Pharrell Williams was nominated for an Oscar as producer of “Hidden Figures” last year, and he’s moved on to a real-life rap drama, “Roxanne Roxanne: The True Story of Roxanne Shanté,” as his latest film. “This is a very important story,” he told us at the film’s debut this week.
Rapsody signed to Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation in July 2016, and her debut for the label, Laila's Wisdom, was released in September 2017. The album received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song. Style and philosophy. Rapsody is known for her intricate rhyme patterns, metaphors, and wordplay.
Monie Love (born Simone Johnson; July 2, 1970) is an English rapper and radio personality in the United States. She is a well-respected figure in British hip hop, and made an impact with American hip-hop audiences as a protégé of American emcee Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late-1980s/early-1990s hip-hop group Native Tongues.
Mia Young (born January 9, 1970), better known by her stage name Mia X, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and actress. She was the first female emcee to get a contract with rapper and entertainment magnate, Master P on his successful record label No Limit Records.
Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker; August 4, 1971) is an American hip hop recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. Much of her music has advocated female empowerment, denouncing the frequent sexism found in hip-hop music. She is the protégé of gangsta rapper Ice Cube.
By way of Brooklyn, New York, Young M.A. isn’t just one of the best female rappers out now, she’s better than a lot of the males rapping today. Before she gets her break on a major label, here are six things to know about her: 1. 50 Cent Is Her Major Influence. Ask Young M.A. about her influences and the answer is always 50 Cent.
Sandra Jacqueline Denton (born November 9, 1964 or 1969) (sources differ), better known by her stage name Pepa or Pep, is a Jamaican–American hip hop artist rapper and actress, best known for her work as a member of the Grammy award-winning female rap trio Salt-n-Pepa.
Rashawnna Guy (born January 3, 1978), better known by her stage name Shawnna, is an American rapper. She was the first female artist signed to Def Jam South through Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace Records. She is a former member of the female Chicago rap duo Infamous Syndicate and she is also the daughter of the blues musician Buddy Guy.
Some women rappers make up a part of a successful rap group, such as Digable Planets or Salt-N-Pepa. But just as often, women rappers pursue their own solo rap careers, sometimes with the assistance or stewardship of an established rap act. (For example, Bahamadia got an early boost in the '90s from Gang Starr's Guru.
Khia Shamone Finch (née Chambers, November 8, 1970), known professionally as Khia (/ ˈ k aɪ. ə /, KY-ə), is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, media personality and record producer. She is probably best known for her hit single "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)".
Female Rappers vs. the Industry "A lot of people want me to say I did ['Roxanne's Revenge'] to speak out so women can have a place in hip-hop but that's not the case. They didn't have the title of 'female rapper' back then. I was just considered a great rapper. So, I didn't see the need to show and prove to them that I'm great because I'm a girl.
Fergie announced in June 2015 that she was putting the finishing touches on the album, titled Double Dutchess. A teaser for the album titled "Hungry (1st Byte)" was released on June 9, 2016. On July 1, she released a new single, titled "M.I.L.F. $". Fergie was inspired to write the song after the birth of her son, Axl.
Angela "Angie" Martinez (born January 9, 1971) is an American radio personality, rapper, and actress of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican heritage. Nicknamed “The Voice of New York”, her afternoon radio show has consistently been ranked #1 with more young listeners than any other radio program in the country.
Nitty Scott, MC and VA) 2011 – "Daydream" (Rocky Rivera feat. Nitty Scott, MC) 2011 – "Black Swan" (Statik Selektah feat. Nitty Scott, MC and Rapsody) 2012 – "How I Fly" (Styles P feat. Nitty Scott, MC, Currensy and Avery Storm) 2012 – "Paid Dues" (Esohel feat. Nitty Scott, MC) 2012 – "Fatal Attraction" (Jared Evan feat.
In 2010, Green published a book about her experiences titled The Story of the Beginning and End of the First Hip Hop Female MC: Luminary Icon Sha-Rock. Legacy. The early roots of girls and women in hip-hop are often downplayed but Sharon Green aka MC Sha-Rock is considered the first to record and the first to appear on national television.
Noname gradually turned her talents to freestyle rapping with friends, collaborating with many local Chicago artists including Chance the Rapper, Saba, Mick Jenkins, and Ramaj Eroc. In 2013, she appeared on Chance the Rapper's second mixtape, Acid Rap, contributing a verse to the track "Lost".
As i-D recently ruminated, female rappers will no longer be silenced; she is woman, hear her roar. With the success of Cardi B and Stefflon Don in 2017, we look forward to 2018 to discover the forces of female lyricism that you need to listen to right now.
Lee Chae-rin (born on February 26, 1991), better known by her stage name CL, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and rapper. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent much of her early life in Japan and France. She trained at JYP Entertainment before joining YG Entertainment, and became a member of the girl group 2NE1.