It’s an exciting time for the female rap world. Cardi B’s album Invasion of Privacy was certified gold within hours of its release last week. Nicki Minaj is dropping new songs “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” on Thursday, and Princess Nokia has a new mixtape called ”A Girl Cried Red” coming out on Friday. Our ears and playlists are ready for all of this new material but we also can’t forget to pay homage to some of the incredible female MCs that paved the way for these women to conquer the male-dominated hip-hop world.
So without further ado, here are ten of the best female MCs of all time that created a platform for this generation’s faves:
Lauryn Hill held her own as the one female voice of The Fugees. She changed the game forever with her debut solo album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in 1998, which became an instant classic with hits like “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Ex-Factor,” the latter which was recently sampled by Cardi B for her song “Be Careful” and Drake for his track “Nice For What.” Her music has clearly stood the test of time.