In this male dominated industry, women find it pretty hard to make it to the top. In the past years, a rise has been seen among the young female emcees who want to redefine the world’s perception of female artists. Here is a list of ten female rappers who managed to secure chart breaking singles that turned them into worldwide superstars.
1. Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” feat. Charli XCX (2014)
This hit song was the first one to reach top position for both artists and it stayed at the sweet spot for seven weeks. The track is one of the best selling singles ever with combined streams and sales of over nine millions. We got to give Iggy recognition for “Fancy”, regardless of the public’s opinion.
2. Missy Elliot – “Hot Boyz” Feat. Eve, Q-Tip, Nas (2000)
One of the most acclaimed and remembered hits from Missy is “Hot Boyz”, a song that she delivered in early 2000. The song reached number one on the BIllboard Hot Rap Songs and the remix version featurin Nas, Eve and Q-Tip broke the record by holding the first place for 16 weeks.
3. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (1998)
Released as the lead single for “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”album, this song was her first and last hit to achieve such a record. It was the first debut single that debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
4. Lil’ Kim – “Lady Marmalade” feat. Mya, Christina Aguilera, Pink (2001)
“Lady Marmalade” helped Lil’ Kim that held two records with the latter one being surpassed: the longest run at number one spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 for a female collaboration – 9 weeks and the longest number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 for a female rapper – 5 weeks which was topped by Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”.
5. Remy Ma – Lean Back (Terror Squad) (2004)
Although this is not particularly a female’s song, Remy Ma’s contribution to Terror Squad’s number one hit “Lean Back” can’t be denied. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for three weeks and the R&B Chart for more than a month.
6. Boss – “Deeper” (1993)
“Deeper” is the most successful song from the short career of rapper Boss and the only one that reached the Billboard Chart. It even hit the number one position on the US Billboard Hot Rap Singles Chart so we have to give her props for that.
7. Da Brat – “Funkdafied” (1994)
“Funkdafied” is still the most successful and the only single from Da Brat’s repertoire that reached platinum status. The song peaked at number one on the Hot Rap Singles, number two on the R&B charts and number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
8. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes” (2007)
M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” did not reach one in the United States but it did in Belgium and the UK. The success of this song payed off as it remained XL Recordings (M.I.A’s Label) best selling single until Adelle’s “Rolling in the Deep”.
9. Azealia Banks – “212”(2011)
It was released as the lead single for her 2012 EP “1991” and also featured in 2014 on her album “Broke With Expensive Taste” and it also brought the young emcee to stardom.
Unfortunately, Azealia didn’t quite profit of all the attention this single brought her. She didn’t manage to top this performance and she manages to be in the media attention more for scandals than music.
10. Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda” (2014)
Last but not least, the one who holds the record for being the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Nicki’s “Anaconda” peaked at number two on the Hot 100 Billboard.