Every since Hip-Hop emerged back in 1978, almost ever female emcee came out under an all male crew. Lady of Rage, Diamond, Trina, Da Brat, Mia X, Roxane Shante, Yo-Yo and a lot of other female rappers came in the game as the protegé of a male rapper. Regardless who they came up under, every female emcee still had to define themselves as an artist in order to stay relevant and sell records. The only female emcee that I can think of in a long time that didn’t come up under an all male crew is Lil Mama. I came up with a list of “The Hottest 5 Rap Chicks To Come Out Under An All Male Crew.” Peep my list below.
Name: Lauryn Hill
Reppin: East Orange, New Jersey
Affiliation: Wyclef Jean, Pras & Fugees
Albums sold: 24 million
“It been three weeks since you been looking for your friend, the one you let hit and never called you again.” Hands down this five times Grammy Award winning rapper/singer from South Orange, New Jersey is the greatest female rapper to ever do it. L-Boogie first risen to fame in the late 90’s with underground Hip-Hop trio Fugees. In 1994, Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauyrn Hill and Pras) released their debut underground Hip-Hop LP Blunted On Reality. Even though “Nappy Heads” (Mona Lisa) and “Vocab” was two dope songs on the underground tip, the album didn’t gain mainstream success. It was Fugees 1996 LP The Score to put them on the map. The album sold over six million copies worldwide (according to the RIAA), won a Grammy award and peaked #1 on Billboard 200 charts. The album featured productions from John Forte, Salaam Remi, Shawn King, Diamond and Jerry Duplessis and had guest appearances from Rah Digga and Young Zee. The group disbanded in 1997 and L-Boogie went solo with the released of The Miseducation Of Lauyrn Hill. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and sold 422,624 copies in the first week, which still holds the record for the highest first week debut from a female Hip-Hop solo artist. As of today, the album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and won 5 Grammy Awards. “Doo Wop” (That Thing) reached #1 on the Billboard charts; while “Ex-Factor,” “Lost One,” and “Everything Is Everything” all reached the top 40 on Billboard charts.
Name: Lil Kim
Reppin: Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, New York
Affiliation: Biggie Smalls and Junior Mafia
Albums sold: 5 million
What Kim done for female Hip-Hop is unbelievable and can never be done again. Before Kim came in the music industry, female rappers were rapping in boy clothes with boots and at that time were being hardcore femcees. Kim broke that barrier by introducing a sexy side to female Hip-Hop and made it cool for females to talk about how they get f**ked. Kim has platinum and gold albums under her belt. Kim made her debut with Junior Mafia in the early 90’s. The group dropped their debut album Conspiracy in 1994. “Player’s Anthem” and “Get Money” both reached the top 20 on Billboard charts and the album went gold. Kim’s debut solo album Hardcore was released in November 1996 and went on to sell over two-million copies worldwide. The lead single from the album “No Time” Ft. Puff Daddy reached the top spot on Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. In June 2000, Kim’s released her second album The Notorious Kim, which debuted at #4 on Billboard 200 and #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song Charts and was certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2001, Kim received her first #1 debut on Billboard Hot 100 for “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Pink and Mya. The song stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for five weeks and won a Grammy. In March 2003, Kim released her third album La Bella Mafia. The album lead single “The Jumpoff” reached # 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second single “Magic Stick” Ft. 50 Cent reached # 2, helping the album go platinum. Kim won two Source Awards (Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Female Single of the Year) and was nominated for two Grammys for this album. While serving a year in prison, Kim’s fourth album The Naked Truth was released in September 2005. The album debuted at # 6 on the Billboard 200 charts, which became Kim’s third top 10 album. Even though the album failed to reached gold status, it was rated 5 Mics in The Source magazine, making her the only female rapper to ever received a 5 mics rating. Lil Kim’s reality show Lil Kim: Countdown To Lockdown became the highest rated premiere in BET history, with 1.7 million viewers .
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Name: Foxy Brown
Reppin: Brooklyn, New York
Affiliation: Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, Nas, AZ and Cormgea
Albums sold: 3 million
As a teenager, this Brooklyn’s Don Diva was rhyming on tracks with Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Case and Toni Braxton. In November 1996, 17 years old Foxy Brown released her debut LP Ill Na Na. The album sold over 109,000 copies in the first week, debuted at # 7 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. Following the released of her debut LP, Foxy joined Nas and AZ to form The Firm and released The Album in October 1997. The album didn’t live up to the hype or expectations, which caused the group on disbanded in 1998. In 1999 Foxy released her platinum selling sophomore LP Chyna Doll. The album entered the top of the charts . This album introduced the sex/pornographic side out of Foxy Brown. After taking a two-year hiatus, ending a bad relationship with rapper Kurupt, and crashing her Range Rover, Foxy released her third album Broken Silence. The album lead single “BK Anthem” was shot in Foxy’s Brooklyn neighborhood. “Oh Yeah” and “Tables Will Turn” was influences by reggae and dance hall music. The album debuted at #5 on the charts, selling over 130,000 copies in the first week and went gold overall. In 2007, Fox signed to Koch and released a mixtape titled Brooklyn’s Don Diva. Foxy is currently working on her comeback LP Black Roses.
Affiliation: DMX, Swizz Beatz, Drag-On, The Lox and Ruff Ryders
Albums sold: 4 million
In September 1999, Eve’s debut album Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and became the first album by a female rapper to ever debuted at #1, selling over 213,000 copies in the first week and was certified double platinum. In March 2001, Eve released her sophomore LP Scorpion. The album debuted at # 4 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. “Let Me Blow Your Mind” Ft Gwen Stefani became a pop success, reached #2 on Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award. With the August 2002 released of Eve third album Eve-OLution, she focused on less Hip-Hop and more R&B. “Gangta Lovin” Ft Alicia Keys reached # 2 on Billboard Hot 100 and on R&B/Hip-Hop song chart. The album did go gold, selling over 722,000 copies worldwide. Eve is working on her comeback album Lip-Lock.
Name: Nicki Minaj
Reppin: Queens, New York
Affiliation: Lil Wayne, Birdman, Drake and Young Money/Cash Money
Albums Sold: 1 million
This Young Money femcee has been holding down female Hip-Hop all by herself for the past three-year. Nicki is the face of female Hip-Hop in our generation and is doing a great job at branding herself. Even before releasing her debut platinum selling album Pink Friday, Nicki was featured on tracks with Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ludacris and Trey Songz. In 2oo7, Nicki released her debut mixtape Playtime Is Over. In 2008, Nicki sophomore mixtape Sucka Free created a buzz for her but it wasn’t until Nicki’s 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty to put her on the map. The mixtape received positive coverage on BET and MTV. Nicki made history by becoming the first female rapper to ever have seven entires on the Billboard 100 chart. Pink Friday was released in November 2010, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts and selling over 375,000 copies in the first week.
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