Female rappers are just as common as gangster rap songs in the 90s. It’s just that it seems there is a shortage of female rappers because they play underground.
There are few rappers that get major mainstream attention, but there are lots of underground female rappers that you should listen to if you haven’t already which will make you wonder why you hadn’t listened to them earlier.
1. Njena Reddd Foxxx.
Njena Reddd Foxxx is an American rapper from Brooklyn with her real name as Njena Surae Jarvis. Foxxx featured alongside Zebra Katz in “Ima Read” which made her a playlist and a fashion runway staple. Not only this, but it also provided the soundtrack for Rick Owens’ winter collection that year.
2. Dominique Young Unique
This Tampa native first gained buzz in 2009 at the young age of 17. Since then she has been slowly gaining traction in the music world and the fashion world. She has since released two mixtapes, Glamorous Touch and Stupid Pretty, both in 2011, alongside various promotional videos, and collaborations with Mad Decent-signed producer Branko
3. Angel Haze
2009 to 2012 marked a number of Wilson’s mixtapes for free download on the Internet. Wilson raps about themes such as homophobia, rape culture and racism. She uses her personal experiences to condemn a culture that breeds the self-harm of queer youth. Her introspective, self-aware style and major technical skill are addicting.
4. Sharaya J.
Sharaya Howell, better known as Sharaya J on stage, is one of the amazing American female rappers and choreographer. She was born on 17th January 1984. She is famous for her singles “BANJI”. This Missy Elliot protégé is a triple threat with amazing skills as a rapper, dancer, and creative director.
Junglepussy launched her first release on 2nd September, “Cream Team” on YouTube. It was followed by “Stitches”. This Brooklyn girl is blunt, pro-black and pro-woman. Her songs cry out loud about matters of race and gender. Junglepussy takes inspiration from musicians such as Busta Rhymes, Vybz Kartel, Mavado, The Veronicas etc.
6. Sasha Go Hard
Sasha grew up on the south side of Chicago, with her brother and two sisters. This rapper is about as Chicago as it gets; she’s held her own along the likes of Chi-town’s hardest lyricists. Sasha is a part of the Chicago’s drill music scene among a very few.
Rico Nasty is one of the most amazing American female rappers, songwriter and record producer. Nasty had been a fan of Rap music at a young age and originated her career from Maryland. Kelly released two mixtapes in 2016:The Rico Story and Sugar Trap. Both the tapes were a great success and turned a lot of heads on the media and grabbed the attention of the general public.
8. Jean Grae
Jean Grae is quite famous in the underground hip hop scene of New York. She has built a fan base internationally and is known as an important figure in hip hop and popular culture. Grae is unique in her way and a complicated person. She has engaged herself recently in web sitcoms and a novel.
9. Nitty Scott MC
Scott became viral in 2010 when her video of “Monster” came out. She released many of her albums after this success includingThe Cassette Chronicles in 2011, The Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1 in 2012 and her debut album Art Of Chill in 2014. She is slowly on the rise and gaining popularity and has gained comparisons to MC Lyte and Lauryn Hill.
Yani is an amazing rapper from Atlanta. She is socially-conscious, grounded, positive and unapologetic. She learned to rap at the age of 12 and recorded her first songs from a microphone hanging on a ceiling fan.
11. Noname Gypsy
She began rapping and performing slam poetry in 2010 and gained wider recognition in 2013 for her appearance on the track “Lost” from Chance the Rapper’s critically acclaimed mixtape, Acid Rap. She is kind of nerdy and socially conscious. Her is although pretty artsy. She urges us to “close your third eye and look with your real eyes”.
12. FM Supreme
FM Supreme is just like another hip-hop and peace activist which blends her work as an activist, educator, mentor and musician to create some serious tracks. She uses language as a tool for positive change.
13. Karol Conka
Conka is from the land of Brazil and is one of the most famous female rappers in Brazil today. She plays tracks which blend modern hip hop and Brazilian pop along with traditional music. She released her debut album in 2013 known as Batuk Freak. Karol Conka mixes African-influenced, favela-bred baile funk with an amazing flow.
14. Lola Monroe
Lola Monroe was previously known as Angel Melaku with her real name as Fershgenet Melaku. She is an American rapper, model and actress. This Ethiopian-born lyricist delivers hard rhymes in sweet tones. She is reminiscent of some of the luxurious lady rappers on the late ’90s.
Lizzo is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. This Minneapolis native manages to drop serious rhymes but without taking herself too seriously. Her music is pure, unadulterated fun but still manages to be quality without unnecessary gimmicks.
16. Nyemiah Supreme
Nyemiah Supreme was previously known as Nyemiah Streeter. She is an American female rapper who is best known for her 2013 debut single “Rock & Roll”, featuring mentor Timbaland. In 2015 she released “No Questions featuring K-Camp. Brought to you by Timbaland, this Queens girl’s flow quite melodious.
17. Tiye Phoenix
Tiye Phoenix is a musical prodigy who has been navigating the music industry since the ’90s. Her previous all-female collective hip-hop group, S.O.U.L. Food Symphony performed the likes of Nas and Gil Scott-Heron.
Rapsody is known for her intricate rhyme patterns, metaphors, and wordplay. This North Carolina girl has quite a resume which includes work with Erykah Badu, Rah Digga, Estelle, and many, many, more. Not only she is known for the rhyme pattern but also known for producing smart tracks that areraw and technically gifted.
19. Dai Burger
Baldwin launched her music career with her 2010 project MyMixxxytape, hosted by rapper Junglepussy. She once claimed that her stage name came out of nowhere one day she thinks it’s juicy. In 2011, Burger released her second compilation Raw Burger featuring Junglepussy on the track “Titty Attack”.
Sa-Roc was born in Southeast, Washington, D.C. on December 28, 1981. As a teenager, she was a student at the City of Peace, an organization devoted to encouraging students to become active in their community through theatre. She has been open about her history of self-harm as an adolescent, later referencing this period in her song “Forever”.
21. Kodie Shane
Kodie Shane is a self-proclaimed “modern-day pop star”. She has been making quite well in the music industry over the past year or two, but 2018 looks like it’s truly Kodie’s time. She was born into a musical family in Atlanta. Her debut album is due this year for which everyone awaits.
This Bay Area rapper’s short but Saweetie take on Khia’s classic My Neck has already clocked up six million views. Icy Girl casts the 21-year-old USC grad as “a cash money mama who be dining in Bahamas/ Eating fettuccine pasta with the scallops and the lobster”.
23. Nicki Minaj
She is a Trinidadian-born singer, actor, dancer and songwriter. She became famous after releasing the mixtapes Playtime is Over, Sucka Free and Beam me up Scotty. Nicki is the first female artist on MTV. She is very famous for her colourful fashion sense also.
24. Cardi B
She is probably the name almost every rap lover knows. This American singer got famous after her posts became viral on Instagram and Vine. She has won several awards including Grammy Award, Billboard Music Award and MTV Music Video Award.
25. Hard Kaur
Taran Kaur Dhillon is popularly known by her stage name Hard Kaur. She is an Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in Bollywood. She recorded the song “Ek Glassy” and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan’s movie Johnny Gaddaar’s song “Paisa Phek (Move Your Body).”
26. Lilly Singh
Lilly Saini Singh is a Canadian YouTuber, comedian, talk show host, and actress, formerly known as IISuperwomanII. In 2017, she was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid YouTube stars, earning a reported $10.5 million. Singh has featured in the annual YouTube Rewind every year since 2014.
27. Raja Kumari
Svetha Yellapragada Rao, professionally known as Raja Kumari is an Indian-American songwriter and singer from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Knife Party, Fall Out Boy.