Female Rappers Who Influenced Hip-Hop

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Fearless, powerful and unapologetic.

The Hip-Hop industry is tough as a whole. So, when it comes to female rappers, it’s even more tough. In a male dominated industry, female emcees have to work twice as hard and sometimes submit to over-sexualizing their look to be taken seriously and appeal to fans. But that doesn’t take away from their lyrical skills. Earlier this year, VH1 honored Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Lil Kim for their contribution to hip-hop. These women and the ones you are about to see have made legendary names for themselves and will forever go down in hip-hop history.

Missy Elliott, DJ Spinderella, Cheryl 'Salt' James, Sandra 'Pepa' Denton, Queen Latifah, and Lil Kim at VH1 Hip Hop Honors All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City

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These female rappers have paved the way for future lady lyricists...
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