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The best US rappers

Whether Snoop Doog, Tupac, Dr. Dre or many others, the rapper industry has always been male-dominated. But also in the USA, the country of origin of hip-hop, women fought for their role as US rappers.

Nicky Minaj should of course not be missing in this list ... You can find out who is still there in the post | Photo: Dyllan / CC BY

By Dilara Kip

The beginnings of the US female rappers

In the 80s, women like Roxanne Shanté and MC Lyte gained a foothold in an otherwise male-dominated world. When they started out in the rapper industry, they opened up US female rappers other talented rappers in the US open the door. Some address gender equality or their politically and socially critical point of view in their lyrics. Either way: Nicki Minaj or Cardi B are an integral part of the hip-hop world and dominate the charts with their hits.

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott is many things. She is a rapper, singer, producer, Grammy winner and label boss. In the 90s she made her beginnings in the rapper industry with Timbaland and wrote many songs, including for the group "Destiny’s Child". Their song "Get Ur Freak On Me!" Is still a big hit and makes it back into the charts.

Nicki Minaj

"You gotta be a beast, that's the only way they'll respect you." - Nicki Minaj

Who does not know her? In addition to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj also has a slightly more noticeable clothing style in her music videos. Unlike the other two, however, it is one of the Rappers in the usa and has always been at the top of the charts since their first song "Pink Friday" was released. In addition to Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj also owns three platinum albums.

Cardi B

Anyone who does not know her from the TV series “Love & Hip Hop New York” became aware of her at the latest in 2017 with the release of her single “Bodak Yellow”. Cardi B is - measured by her Instagram followers - the most popular after Nicki Minaj US rapper. With her new hit "WAP" she landed at number one in the British and American charts.

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Lauryn Hill

Ah yes, the Fugees. With “Killing Me Softly with His Song” we remember the group. Lauryn Hill separates from the group to act as US rapper to take off and wins 5 Grammy’s in her rapper career, including for the best R’n’B song with "Doo Wop (That Thing)".
"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was dubbed the best album in the world by Rolling Stone.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea’s enthusiasm for rapping started very early. She left her parents when she was only 16 years old and immigrated to Los Angeles in the United States. There she pursued her childhood dream and published “Pu $$ y” and “My World” on her YouTube channel. With almost 14 million followers, it is one of the most popular US rappers .

Queen Latifah

She is the second richest female rapper in the world and has a wide reach with around six million followers on Instagram. Queen Latifah tries not only to string together rhyming words in her lyrics. No, she makes her point of view on the issue of justice between the sexes clear and underlines her feminist stance in her texts, such as in "Ladies First". Queen Latifah is the only one US rapper, who was nominated for an Oscar and is also the only female rapper with an academic title.

Lil ‘Kim

In 1996 Lil brachte Kim released her first solo album "Hard Core". When Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.), to whom she owed her entry into the rapper world, was shot, Lil ‘Kim was away from the window for the first time. In 2000 she released her next album "The Notorious Kim" and achieved her breakthrough as US rapper in the European charts. Their third album "La Bella Mafia" even reached platinum status.

Roxanne Shanté

What would Nicki, Cardi or Iggy do today if Roxanne Shanté hadn't cleared the way for them? Roxanne started in the 80s for Rappers in the usa and was a role model and guide for many. At the age of 14 she released her first hit "Roxanne Revenge". She later started studying psychology, but then stayed in the music industry and supported other women in their rapper careers. In 2003 she appeared in the musical documentary "Miss M.C. presents Queens of Hip-Hop ”before and in 2018 her biopic was released.

MC Lyte

MC Lyte is also one of those people who knew what they wanted from an early age. Little Lana Michele Moore knew at the age of 12 that she wanted to become one of the first American rappers. She was the first to release the with the record label Priority Records US rappers her solo album "Lyte as a Rock" with the single "Paper Thin".


Salt-N-Pepa released the famous remix "Push It", were nominated for a Grammy and received Platinum for their album. Between 1988 and 1997 they released 5 studio albums, with the fourth selling 7 million times. With 15 million records sold, they are among the most successful US rappers.

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