The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

A month ago, my homie Starrene posted “10 Female Rappers who aren’t Nicki Minaj”,

I decided to answer that with a 3 part list;

The Top 10 Female Rapper Fails

The Top 10 Female Rapper False Starts

The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

And I’ll end it with my vote for the Real Hope for Female Rappers Let’s start with what you really came here in the first place to see;

The Top 10 Forgotten Female Rappers

10. Finesse & Synquis

This duo from Queens, was slated to be Uptown Records’ answer to Salt-N-Pepa. Backed by Andre Harrell

9. Conscious Daughters

This West coast duo contradicted their names in almost every bar, but they were spitters  for their era if I must say

8. MC Trouble

Very forgotten, but I remember this video and her steez vividly. One of our first fallen Rappers, she passed after an epileptic fit.

7. Antoinette

Probably mostly overlooked because MC Lyte ended her career early, but she goes in as well. Peep her subliminals in this vid.

6. Da 5 Footaz

They were primed to be Warren G’s lead group at the height of the G funk era. They made an appearance in the classic rap documentary, The Show. When it all came down, even Warren’s other group, the Twinz, got a better single tho. But I really was waiting for them after hearing this joint off of the Set It Off soundtrack.

5. Lin Que (A.K.A. Isis of X-Clan)

I gotta put videos from both of her incarnations, because the contrast is ridiculous. Lyte loved her…maybe literally. But give it up for women writing their own shit!

4. Sweet Tea (A.K.A. Suga)

Lyte scarred her career a little too, but she still made 2 of my favorite songs by a female rapper ever. Like to hear ’em? Here they go…

3. Nikki D

The original Nikki, Def Jam’s first Lady of Hardcore blew up with “Daddy’s Little Girl”, but she had a knack for spitting, catchy street consciousness. Plus I met her when I was young. Nice.

2. Queen Pen

Although they still play her song at every Party, cause a “Party ain’t a party til it’s ran all through“, Nobody ever seems to acknowledge that it’s her song and not Mr. Cheeks’. Apparently, she’s been involved with more drama and rappers than hit music, but speaking of which… remember this single that Jay-Z wrote for her back in ’97? Yeah, he used to tap that too (I think he actually wrote it in a way where she was talking about their experience waaaaay back when).

1. Lady Of Rage

Just Listen, and see why she’s Number one, because it’s a shame that such raw skill couldn’t get a fair vehicle. At least Primo and Snoop saw the potential and tried to push her. Rock on with your bad self!


  1. What, no Smooth?

    • Smooth was the #!$^ pretty as hell with tight lyrics a real female playa.

  2. rage is the greatest female rapper i have ever heard i would even put her against some of the best male rappers. for me its not even close other than mc lyte

  3. The Lady of Rage is from VA…on Death Row, but not west coast.

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