XXL published a list of “The 20 Best Female Rappers Of All Time” today (April 30). 

Queen Latifah made the list. “Queen Latifah was one of the first ever to provide a voice for women in Hip Hop,” XXL’s story says. “Her top chart singles like ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’—which won her a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo performance in 1995—allowed her to use Hip Hop as a platform to address the disrespect surrounding women.”

While Queen Latifah emerged in the 1980s, Foxy Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s. “She definitely held it down for females in Hip Hop during the mid-to-late 1990s,” XXL says of the former Def Jam Recordings artist. “Her album Ill Na Na hit strong with sales the moment it dropped, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 in 1996 and eventually being certified Platinum by the RIAA.”

Nicki Minaj also makes XXL’s list. “Nicki is arguably the best rapper—female or otherwise—in the game,” the list says of the YMCMB artist. “Ever since she first stepped onto the scene with Young Money, the Jamaica, Queens rapper has grown into one of the most popular artists on the label.”

XXL’s “The 20 Best Females Rappers Of All Time” is as follows:

Queen Latifah

Da Brat


Foxy Brown

Gangsta Boo

Jean Grae

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes


Lil’ Kim

MC Lyte

Missy Elliott

Monie Love

Iggy Azalea


Remy Ma

Roxanne Shante


The Lady Of Rage

Nicki Minaj

Lauryn Hill 

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