Popping onto the scene with the 2007 Top 10 single "Lip Gloss," Lil Mama reentered the Top 10 in 2008 with the Chris Brown, T-Pain featuring "Shawty Get Loose." She's currently a judge on 'America's Best Dance Crew.' One of the biggest female MCs in the game, rapper/singer Lauryn Hill achieved massive critical and commercial success in the late-'90s with the Fugees and as a solo artist before dropping off the radar.Recently, Hill was charged with tax evasion, a situation she promised to rectify in court.After popping up on Azealia Banks's mixtapes, she recently modeled as part of New York Fashion Week 2012.This 23-year-old San Fran MC netted a record contract based on the strength of her 2011 viral hit "Gucci Gucci," which was controversial not for its subject matter but for what some cultural commentators decried as her performance style being reminiscent of "a modern day minstrel show" in the words of Madame Noire.After making the smart decision to change her name from What? to Jean Grae (after the X-Men mutant Jean Grey), this MC announced herself as a major voice in the underground hip hop scene with her 2002 debut 'Attack of the Attacking Things.' Although she made a retirement announcement in 2008, Talib Kweli (who referred to her as "one of the last true MCs left") seemingly persuaded her to reconsidered.One of the most legendary female MCs in rap history, Foxy Brown first made a splash as part of the New York-based, Dr.
FYI, it was reportedly recorded in one take (though re-recorded in 1985 with fewer profanities). Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is already known for a great many things, despite the fact that her professional career is celebrating its one-year anniversary this fall.
Dre-produced hip hop group the Firm (alongside Nas) before embarking on her own solo career.
1999's 'Chyna Doll,' her second solo LP, was the first album from a female rapper to debut at No. When modern audiences think of Queen Latifah, they probably think 'Cover Girl spokeswoman' or 'major movie actress' before they think 'hip hop innovator.' But after spending her teenage years beatboxing, Queen Latifah debuted at age 19 in 1989 with the classic rap album 'All Hail the Queen.' Since then she's branched out into countless other arenas -- lately, she's been plotting her return to daytime TV hosting for a 2013 show.
Chicago MC Da Brat became the first female rapper to go platinum with her 1994 debut 'Funkdafied.' After weathering appearances in the films 'Kazaam' and 'Glitter,' she got into a physical altercation in 2007 that resulted in a three-year prison sentence. After a few years of generating massive Internet buzz, M. She continues working in music not as a rapper but as a radio host. Like Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Lauryn Hill, she's a female MC who has become so popular and such a pop culture force that no one feels the need to put the descriptor "female" before "rapper" anymore when talking about her.
She simply is -- in fact, it's hard to remember what hip hop was like before her (other than less interesting).
Jay-Z signed her to Def Jam following an on-the-spot freestyle, and in 2006 she released her deliriously fun and impressive LP 'Public Warning.' Since then, the British MC Lady Sovereign sort of dropped off the radar around the time she parted ways with her label.