It’s a tough world out there for female rappers and it doesn’t get any easier if you’re trying to break through in the film industry.
However, these ten rappers managed to showcase their talents to the right people while making it big on the TV screen.
1. Queen Latifah
After her roles in “House Party 2”, “Juice” and “Jungle Fever”, Queen Latifah’s acting career went up to the sky. She is now one if not the biggest female rapper turned actor with numerous TV shows and films such as “The Bone Collector”,”Cookout”, “Chicago”, Ice Age”, and “Last Holiday” among others.
She definitely earned her title as the “Queen”.
Eve is one of the most active rappers in the field of Television and Film. From her roles in “Barbershop” or the “Cookout” series to the cameos in “Charlie’s Angels”, Lil Kim made numerous appearances on TV shows and proved that she had a strong back up plan if rap didn’t work.
3. Lil Kim
The Queen managed to showcase her acting skills with roles and cameos on popular movies such as “Zoolander”, “Juwanna Mann” and “Superhero Movie”.
Lil Kim also appeared on TV shows such as “The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll”, “Dancing with the Stars”,”The Apprentice” or “Celebrities Undercover”.
4. Missy Elliot
One of the biggest female Hip Hop figures played an interesting role of an extravagant Diva in 2001’s “Pootie Tang” comedy. Also, she appeared alongside Foxy Brown on Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black” project and gave an in-depth interview in the “Just for the kicks” documentary.
We can’t forget about “The Voice” or “America’s Best Dance Crew” either.
5. MC Lyte
Besides “MTV Unplugged” and “New York Undercover”, MC Lyte also made an appearance of herself in shows like “The District”. After her film debut in “Fly by Night”, Lyte started in”Train Ride” and “Playa’s Ball”.
She even guest starred in an episode of the “Regular Show” cartoon, probably one of the coolest things she ever did in her career.
6. Lauryn Hill
Although “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” remains her only (solo) studio album, Miss Hill is remembered for movies like “King of the Hill” and “Sister Act 2:Back in the Habit”. Both films were released before her most critically acclaimed project so this proves that Lauryn Hill is a multi-talented person.
7. Rah Digga
Rah Digga, one of the most prominent female MC’s in the game, scored a distribution in 2001’s horror movie “Thirteen Ghosts”. She continued her career on screen with MTV’s “Carmen:A Hip Hopera” show and in 2004 she also appeared in the comedy “Da Hip Hop Witch”.
8. Foxy Brown
Foxy Brown or Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand didn’t quite take the film industry by storm but she still managed to score a few roles of her own. She can be seen in the romantic comedy “Woo” and also in Jay-Z documentary “Fade to Black”.
Even if she’s not a regular presence in movies, Trina’s roles in “A Miami Tail” and “Sweet Potato Pie” are enough to place her at number 9 in our top. Obviously her looks played a major role in her career.
10. Remy Ma
Remy Ma is not exactly an Academy Award winner but she has been present on the TV ever since 2015 on “Love & Hip Hop: New York”. For 2016 Remy made an appearance on “Inside the label” alongside Terror Squad.