Since the early ’70s, hip-hop has been making waves in the music industry with its signature rhythmic flow and dynamic sound. Over the years, a number of artists have evolved in the aforementioned genre and have since gone on to become some of the entertainment industry’s biggest talents – including Jay-Z, Nas, The Notorious BIG, Tupac and more. However, one of the most significant and influential sectors of hip-hop is female rap. Rappers like MC Lyte and Salt-N-Pepa, who took shape in the ’80s, brought a new perspective to the genre, with sleek flows and powerful lyrics that rivaled the majority of their male counterparts.
In the years that followed, female rappers like Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliot built on the genre’s established foundation — which in turn propelled hip-hop to wider recognition. In a 2017 interview on Ebro in the Morning, Queen Latifah revealed that before female rappers took the stage, hip-hop suffered. “Music is suffering… and music has suffered for a long time,” she explained. As female-led hip-hop continues to thrive in the music industry, Nicki Swift asked 595 fans which female rapper is their favorite.
Fans vote for Missy Elliott as their favorite rapper
When it comes to hip hop, you can’t be a true fan without giving flowers to the talented and extensive roster of female rappers. However, there is one artist that fans named as their favorite rapper in our Nicki Swift poll. Of the 595 respondents, 26.55% (158) of the votes named Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott as their all-time favorite. Elliott’s title is undoubtedly justified given her decades-long career in music. From releasing hit singles like “Work It” and “Lose Control” to her multiple Grammy Awards, the influential rapper has certainly made a name for herself in the industry.
Resident hip-hop Barbie Nicki Minaj placed second with 21.01% (125). Since her debut in the late 2000s, Nicki has broken countless records, including becoming the first female rapper to debut a #1 single (“Super Freaky Girl”) since Lauryn Hill in 1998. Cardi B, who made waves with her chart-breaking hit records like “Bodak Yellow” and “WAP,” completed the top 3 with 17.82% (106). Grammy-winner and Taco Bell pizza enthusiast Doja Cat came in fourth with 13.45% (80) of the vote. Hot girl trainer Megan Thee Stallion and Queen Bee Lil Kim eventually received 11.09% (66) and 10.08% (60) of the vote, respectively. While the list might be divisive for some fans, it’s safe to say that the above artists have had a lasting impact on hip-hop and the music industry at large.