Below the post are the Hip-Hop’s 20 Most Successful Female MCs 2014 list. Also with their current photos. Check out here.
1. Nicki Minaj
Minaj’s first two albums, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, both reached #1 on The Billboard 200, making her the first female rapper to amass two #1 albums (as a solo artist). Her third album, The Pinkprint, is due Nov. 24. Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and reared in Queens. N.Y., has amassed 11 top 10 hits on the Hot 100, also more than any other female MC. Her biggest hit is the current “Anaconda,” which has climbed as high as #2.
2. Missy Elliott
Elliott has had five top 10 albums, more than any other female rapper. They include 2002’s Under Construction, which received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Elliott has amassed 10 top 10 hits, five as a lead artist and five as a featured artist. (No other female rapper has had five top 10 hits as a lead artist.) Elliott, a native of Portsmouth, Va., has won four Grammys, three of them in the rap field. No other female has won more than one Grammy in the rap field.
3. Lil’ Kim
The Brooklyn-born rapper teamed with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk for a smash remake of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” which reached #1 in 2001 and won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Lil’ Kim has amassed four other top 10 hits—two as lead artist and two as featured artist. She has had three top 10 albums, including 2000’s cheekily titled The Notorious K.I.M.
The Philadelphia native had a #1 album in 1999, Ruff Ryders’ First Lady. She followed it with two more top 10 albums. She has had two #2 hits: “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani, and “Gangsta Lovin’,” featuring Alicia Keys. “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” was the #1 Song Of The Summer for 2001 and won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Eve and Stefani teamed again for 2005’s “Rich Girl,” which also went top 10.
5. Da Brat
Jermaine Dupri discovered this rapper, who was just 20 in 1994 when she made the top 10 with “Funkdafied.” Three years later, the Chicago native was featured on Lil’ Kim’s top 10 hit “Not Tonight.” Da Brat’s 2000 album Unrestricted reached #5.
The female hip-hop trio from Queens, N.Y. peaked in 1994 with the album Very Necessary, which went top five. The album contained back-to-back top 10 hits, “Shoop” and “Whatta Man” (with En Vogue). The album also included “None Of Your Business,” which brought the group a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
7. Lauryn Hill
In February 1997, Hill became the first female to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. She achieved the feat as one-third of the hip-hop trio Fugees, for their #1 album The Score. (In all the years since, no other female has equaled the feat, either solo or as a member of a group). In 1998, Hill became a solo star with her album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, which also reached #1. Hill, a native of New Jersey, has won eight Grammys (six on her own; two with Fugees), but has yet to release her second solo studio album.
8. Iggy Azalea
The rapper from Sydney, Australia is one of this year’s breakout stars. Her “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) logged seven weeks at #1 and was declared the #1 Song Of The Summer. Azalea also made the top 10 with “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she was featured. Azalea’s album The New Classic has climbed as high as #3.
9. Foxy Brown
The Brooklyn-born rapper took her name from a character played by Pam Grier in a 1974 “Blaxploitation” movie of the same name. Brown had a top 10 hit in 1997 with “I’ll Be,” which featured Jay Z. She had three top 10 albums, includingChyna Doll, which reached #1 in 1999.
10. Queen Latifah
In March 1995, Latifah became the first female rapper to win a Grammy. She achieved the feat when her top 30 hit “U.N.I.T.Y.” won for Best Rap Solo Performance. Latifah, a native of Newark, N.J., has since gained broader fame for her work in movies (an Oscar-nominated performance in Chicago) and TV (her own current talk show).
11. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes
TLC was an R&B trio, but “Left Eye” gave it a hip-hop edge. “Left Eye” delivered the raps on the trio’s #1 hits “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs,” both of which received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year. The Atlanta-based trio also hit #1 with “Creep” and “Unpretty.” “Left Eye” was also featured on Lil’ Kim’s “Not Tonight,” a top 10 hit in 1997. She died in a car crash in 2002.
This artist reached the top five in 2008 with “Paper Planes,” which received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. The smash was featured on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, which made the top five. M.I.A., who was born in London and reared in India, had a top 10 album in 2010 with Maya. In 2012, she was featured (along with Nicki Minaj) on Madonna’s top 10 hit “Give Me All Your Luvin.'”
13. MC Lyte
This MC, who was born and reared in New York, peaked in 1996 with the top 10 hit “Keep On, Keepin’ On,” which featured Xscape. It was featured on the Sunset Park soundtrack, which made the top five. Her follow-up, “Cold Rock A Party,” just missed the top 10. It peaked at #11.
14. Lil Mama
This Harlem-born rapper had two top 10 hits, 2007’s “Lip Gloss” and 2008’s “Shawty Get Loose,” which featured Chris Brown and T-Pain.
The daughter of blues legend Buddy Guy, Shawnna was born in Chicago. She was featured on Ludacris’s “Stand Up,” which hit #1 in 2003. She cracked the top 40 on her own with 2006’s “Gettin’ Some.”
16. Remy Ma
This native of The Bronx was a member of Terror Squad, which hit #1 in 2004 with “Lean Back.” The group’s album, True Story, made the top 10. Ma cracked the chart on her own with her 2006 single, “Conceited (There’s Something About Remy).”
17. Charli Baltimore
This Philadelphia native was a member of The Inc., which had a top 10 hit in 2002 with “Down 4 U.” (The Inc. also featured Ja Rule, Ashanti and Vita, another hot female rapper.) That same year, Baltimore was featured on Ja Rule’s top 30 hit “Down A** Chick.”
Trick Daddy discovered this Miami native, whose stage name is short for her first name, Katrina. She cracked the top 20 with 2005’s “Here We Go,” which featured Kelly Rowland. Trina also had a top 10 album in 2008, Still Da Baddest.
19. Mia X
This New Orleans native peaked in 1998 when her album Mama Drama made the top 10. Its key track was “Whatcha Wanna Do?,” which she featured Charlie Wilson. Earlier that year, she was featured on Master P’s top 20 hit “Make Em Say Uhh!.” Mia X was also a member of the rap group Tru, which charted in 1997 with “I Always Feel Like (Somebody’s Watching Me).”
20. Monie Love
Love was born in London and reared in Brooklyn. She cracked the top 30 with 1991’s “It’s A Shame (My Sister),” which borrowed from the Spinners’ 1970 hit “It’s A Shame.”
Hip-Hop’s 20 Most Successful Female MCs 2014
Article Source: music.yahoo.com
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