Hip Hop has grown a lot since the days when a list like this could only possibly consist of Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Salt N Pepa (there’s clearly a few more than just these four ladies, of course). Those particular women deserve a salute for maintaining a solid feminine presence in a game all too dominated by testosterone; they had (and still have) the perfect mix of skills, sex appeal and confidence that truly solidified their place in the culture for good, all the while creating a lane for female MCs that has only gotten wider over the years.
As popular culture has become more sexual, so have our female rappers. It all began in the mid-1990s with the Queen Bee Lil’ Kim infamously spreading her legs in a leopard print bra and panties, and it’s just gotten more risqué as time went on. Her peers like Foxy Brown and Trina quickly followed suit, and the vast majority of ladies in the rap game have tended to lean towards a sexual image as it sells more records and lands them more magazine covers. It’s just business at the end of the day.
That said, ‘sexy’ doesn’t always increase in line with the amount of skin on display. Believe it or not, there are some lady MCs today who choose the more demure route and yet still are sexy enough to make this list. As hot as it is to see a gorgeous half naked woman spit bars on par with your favourite dude rapper, it’s equally as dope to see an artist who didn’t have to compromise her sexuality to make a name for herself. But that’s not what we’re here for today – let’s take a look at the hottest women on the mic, both today and back when it all started for them.
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8 Foxy Brown (in 1997)
7 Missy Elliott (now)
6 Iggy Azalea
5 Angel Haze
4 Nicki Minaj
3 Lil’ Kim (in 1996)
1 Lauryn Hill (in 1997)
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