Oxygen Dubs Lil Kim The Greatest Female Rapper of All Time
Hip-hop isn't just a man's world. On the new season of Sisterhood of Hip Hop (premiering July 12 at 9/8c), we follow five femcees as they continue the legacy of rap's greatest female performers. From lyrical and conscience to sexy and tough, women run the gamut of artistry. Here are the 10 best female MCs of all time.
1. Lil' Kim
Lil’ Kim called herself the Queen Bee with good reason. The pint-sized rapper learned how to ferociously spit under the legendary Notorious B.I.G.. The Brooklyn native stole the show in Junior M.A.F.I.A. and became a solo star with Hardcore. While female rappers in the ‘80s oftentimes downplayed sexuality, Lil’ Kim was fearless in flaunting it. Whether she was boasting about female satisfaction in "How Many Licks?", showing the world her curves at the MTV Video Music Awards or rocking any number of colorful wigs, Kim brought sexy and glam to hip-hop. — Sowmya Krishnamurthy