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The Empowerment of Female Hip Hop Artists - Female Rappers

Unity takes you to the top

Unity takes you to the top

Female Hip Hop Artists

Back in the 80's and 90's the female rappers got along better than they do now. Back in the 90s there was Queen Latifah and Monie Love, rapping together on the song called Ladies First. This is how female rappers should vibe, uniting together and supporting each other. They shouldn't have beef against each other; it's already a thought that female rappers don't get along. Can female rappers unite, and prove everyone wrong?

Female rappers have something to say also, not just male rappers. We all know that male rappers dominate the Hip Hop music industry, and now it's time for more female rappers to hop aboard right beside Nicki Manaj. The female rappers motto should be; 'To Each One, Reach One.'

The world is ready to hear what the talented female rappers have to say, and what's on their minds these days. Female rappers have the power to rap about things that will make you: learn from their experiences, have self-confidence, dance, feel empowered, encouraged, and feel more feminine, etc.

On the other hand, there are female rappers that have a different mind-set; they want to unite other female hip hop artists. Why do Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim have beef against each other? Good question. I'm sure we learned from Ja Rule and 50 Cent having beef as rappers in the media. Results of that . . . 50 cent rose to the top at the time and Ja Rule had to fall back. That might not always be the result of 2 rappers with beef, but it's possible that one will ruin his or her rap career.

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Female Rappers

The song 'Lip Gloss' by Lil Moma was creative and it had a bangin' beat. There are so many rap songs by female hip hop artists that are very entertaining; although we need more than just one-hit-wonders. Some women Rappers that have made one or two CDs don't mind the riches that are still rolling in, especially if they know how to spend their money wisely and invest in good business.

Some famous female rappers venture out to do bigger and better things in the entertainment industry. But they never forget where they came from which is rap, and this is what makes them special in the industry. Some venture out to become a:

  • Radio Host
  • Book Author
  • Talent Show Judge
  • Movie Actress
  • Sitcom Show Producer
  • Sitcom Show Star
  • TV Award Show Voice-over
  • Clothing-line Designer
  • Talk Show Host
  • Reality Show Star
  • Music Producer
  • Radio Disc Jockey
  • Cosmetic Make-up Model
  • Television and/or movie producer

There a female hip hop artists that have rapped about things that helped other women with personal growth; Queen Latifah is one of them. Lil Moma assists with providing activities for the youth in her community; there are a few female rappers that have a good heart. Actually there are female hip hop artists today that want to make a change in the music industry without having beef against the next female hip hop artists. Da Brat is female rapper that wants to work with other female rappers without having beef.

Since back in the day, there have been female rappers that got along with one another, without having beef. And there are still female hip hop artists that are still sticking together for the movement of empowering the 'female rapper industry.' There are many young girls that want to be a female rapper, but they will need a mentor to look up to. Hopefully the young girl rappers will have a mentor that is positive and morally correct. Some female rappers already know there's "strength in numbers," the more female rappers there are; the better the chance for the younger female rappers coming up in the music industry. Being a part of mixed tapes could help to a certain extent.

Female Hip Hop Artists that seem to have longevity:

  • Missy Elliott
  • Eve
  • Lil Kim
  • Lil Moma
  • Da Brat
  • Trina
  • and maybe a couple more.

The First Female Rapper

Many people remember the 1980s when Teena Marie came out with the song Square Biz (Rest-in-Peace). Tina Marie was rapping in the song Square Biz, and she had skills. Teena Marie was also singing with Rick James in the 80s during that time.

During this time in the 1980s there was a group called Roger and Zapp that also became part of the Hip Hop Culture. Many people may agree that Teena Marie is the first female hip hop artist, that started in the 1980s.

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List of Female Rappers

80s Female Rappers

  1. MC Lyte -I'm Not Havin it
  2. The Real Roxanne - Romeo
  3. Roxanne Shanté - Go On Girl
  4. Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce - It's My Beat
  5. Finesse & Synquis - Soul Sisters
  6. Sugga & Spice - That's Funky
  7. JJ Fad - Supersonic

90s Female Rappers

  1. Da Brat - Funkdafied
  2. Monie Love - It's a Shame
  3. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (R.I.P), TLC - Waterfalls
  4. Sistah Souljah - Terminator X
  5. The Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs
  6. Antoinette - Shake, Rattle & Roll
  7. Yo Yo - You Can't Play with My Yo Yo
  8. Salt N Pepa - Independent
  9. Queen Latifah - Unity
  10. MC Lyte - Keep On Keepin On
  11. Foxxxy Brown - Get You Home
  12. Charlie 'Chuck' Baltimore - Down A** Chick
  13. Heather B - All Glocks Down
  14. Missy Elliott - Can't Stand the Rain
  15. Eve - Love is Blind
  16. Lauryn Hill - Pre-Miseducation Compilation
  17. Lil Kim - No Matter What They Say
  18. Oaktown 357 (featuring Angie B) - Juicy Gotcha Krazy
  19. Nikki D - Daddy's Little Girl
  20. Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
  21. Lin Que - Let it Fall

2000 Female Rappers

  1. Nicki Minaj (with Mariah Carey) - Up Out My Face
  2. Lil Moma - Lip Gloss
  3. Khia - Respect Me
  4. Remy Ma - Whuteva
  5. Vita (with Ja Rule) - Put it On Me
  6. Jackie O - My Dawg
  7. Angie Martinez - Dem Thangs
  8. Princess - I Put that On Everything
  9. Diamond - I'm on One
  10. Amil - Heard it All Before
  11. Missy Elliott - Wake Up
  12. Trina - Here We Go
  13. Shawna - Gettin' Some
  14. Lil Kim - If You Love Me
  15. Eve - Gangsta Lovin
  16. Rah Digga - Imperial
  17. Nyemiah Supreme - Downgrade
  18. Babs Bunny (former member, MTV's Making The Band 2) - My Life

There are many many other female rappers that are not mentioned above, and they are: getting paid, in videos, rapping alongside male rappers, and coming up in the game to be noticed. It's time for female rappers to respect each other's art work; give props to each other's lyrics. By nature women give birth, so female rappers can give birth to something new and positive in the rap game.

Imagine if Angela Davis, Afeni Shakur, or India Arie as Female Rappers, it might switch the game; the point is, there are many meaningful things to rap about as women. Idle lyrics are cool and may be entertaining, but some music have to stand the test of time and just be timeless. For instance, the song Afro-Puffs will be a timeless record because Black women will always have Afro hair/natural hair growing out of our head. Also many records by Sista Soldier are meaningful, therefor her records give life as birth does.

Rappers, Pop Stars, and R & B artists have had great collaborations in the hip hop music industry.

Some female rappers can be very competitive, and that is part of being a rapper; depending on how it's done. Each rap artists has their own style and unique way of performing as a rap star in the hip hop music industry. Female hip hop artists from the 80s, 90s, and 2000 (now) has paved the way for many new female rappers today.

Empowerment - Empowerment is the process of enabling or authorizing an individual to think, behave, take action, and control work and decision making in politically independent ways. It is the state of feeling self-empowered to take control of one's own destiny.

Female Rapper Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which female rapper made the hit 'Just Another Day?'
    • Left Eye
    • MC Lyte
    • Queen Latifah
  2. Made the hit 'Poor Georgie?'
    • Rah Digga
    • MC Lyte
    • Babs Bunny
  3. Made the hit 'Tambourine?'
    • Yo Yo
    • Da Brat
    • Eve
  4. Made the hit 'Gossip Folk?'
    • Missy Elliott
    • Left Eye
    • Lil Kim
  5. Made the hit 'My Neck My Back?'
    • Sweet Tee
    • Khia
    • Lil Kim
  6. Made the hit 'Magic Stick?'
    • Lil Kim
    • Lil Moma
    • Nicki Minaj
  7. Made the hit 'Moment 4 Life?'
    • Lil Moma
    • Nicki Minaj
    • Diamond
  8. Made the hit 'Red Lipstick?'
    • Lil Kim
    • Queen Latifah
    • Diamond
  9. Made the hit 'Shoop?'
    • Salt N Pepa
    • Remy Ma
    • Foxy Brown
  10. Made the hit 'Yeah Yeah Yeah?'
    • Oaktown 357
    • Monie Love
    • Nick Minaj
  11. Made the hit 'Scrubs?'
    • Lil Moma
    • Left Eye
    • Trina
  12. Made the hit 'What'chu Like?'
    • Da Brat
    • Roxanne Shante'
    • MC Lyte

Answer Key

  1. Queen Latifah
  2. MC Lyte
  3. Eve
  4. Missy Elliott
  5. Khia
  6. Lil Kim
  7. Nicki Minaj
  8. Diamond
  9. Salt N Pepa
  10. Oaktown 357
  11. Left Eye
  12. Da Brat

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 3 correct answers: Sorry, Maybe You Will Score Higher Next Time!

If you got between 4 and 7 correct answers: Get to Know Your Female Rappers, Take the test again!

If you got between 8 and 9 correct answers: Good Job!

If you got 10 correct answers: Awesome!

If you got between 11 and 12 correct answers: Female Rappers Rokk!

Ladies Of Hip Hop Legends

© 2012 Brinafr3sh


The Wisdom Body on March 06, 2017:

Great write up on your angle about females in hip hop.

As a Hip-Hop Historian, I must correct you on your analysis of who the first female rapper is. The first female MC who put out a record on wax was Philly's own Lady B and that track was "To The Beat Y'all". Then the first female group on wax (who was manufactured but hit the charts) was The Sequence who one of the members were Angie Stone who went by Angie B. This was her birth into the music industry.

This article seems to start the history of the female MC in the mid 80s. When it is deeper than that. The history of the female MC goes back to 1978, 1979. This appears to be more an opinionated than factual article. Great write up and all but there is a serious void on real historical data, no depth into the topic. Articles like this are what piss the pioneers off.

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Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on June 08, 2015:

Thus HUB is entertainment magazine worthy. Great layout of music history.

hip hop fan on June 19, 2013:

Lybrah on January 01, 2013:

I remember Super Sonic! I loved this hub. Check out my hubs on hip hop if you get a chance.

One more thing--how do you put quizzes on your hub?

Tripple999vile from S.A/E.C./E.L on August 21, 2012:

Have you ladies heard of Linque and Heather b they rap the crep out of rhymes.You ladies should look into those female rappers art

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on April 23, 2012:

I am not a first rate hip hop fan, but I have loved the genre ever since I got my hands on Ice-T's first album. I definitely agree that there are not nearly enough successful female rappers (Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot will always be my favorites).

My problem with the newer generation of female rappers, or the ones getting most of the attention anyway, is that they seem to make themselves hyper-sexualized to get any kind of attention. If their music isn't totally about sex, then their image usually is.

I just find that it is sad that talented female rappers have to resort to these tactics just to get themselves noticed anymore.

Elena from London, UK on March 20, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this and started to wonder where they all are. I haven't seen Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill and Eve for a while.

I liked Left eye - the raps she did in "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs". Love Missy Elliot...

Hope they return soon with some good songs that have positive messages. Great Hub.

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on March 19, 2012:

This is a great hub! I love Da Brat and think that some women hip hop artists are definitely proving that women have a place within that culture. I dislike those that demean women even more (like Nicki Minaj). Anyway, this is an excellent hub! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared, etc.

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