The 10 best female hip-hop singers have a voice that is a cut above the rest. Hip-hop music has four important elements: rapping, scratching, sampling and beat boxing. The 1970s saw the start of hip-hop music. Hip-hop has always mainly been a male-dominated industry, but these female hip-hop singers take the hip-hop music scene by storm.
- Beyonce Beyonce is one of the best female hip-hop singers. She started with Destiny’s Child until she decided to fly solo. Beyonce writes most of her own songs. Her top hit songs include “Crazy in Love,” “Ring the Alarm” and “Irreplaceable.”
- Ciara Ciara was born Ciara Princess Harris in 1985. Lil Jon has dubbed Ciara the “First Lady of Crunk & B.” Her album, “Fantasy Ride,” features Ciara collaborating with stars such as Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. She records under LaFace Records.
- Christina Milian As one of the best female hip-hop singers, Christina Milian was born Christine Flores in 1981. Besides being a hip-hop singer, she is also a model, actress and dancer. Christina has recorded four studio albums. Her first hit single was titled “AM to PM.”
- Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige has won a total of nine Grammy awards. She has been called the Queen of Hip-Hop by her peers and fans. She began her music career in 1989 under Uptown/MCA Records and now she records under Matriarch/Geffen Records. She is currently working on her tenth studio album to be released at the beginning of 2011.
- Mariah Carey Mariah was the best selling female artist in the 1990s. She came onto the music scene in 1988. She began incorporating her hip-hop style into her music in 1997. She was born in 1970 in Huntington, New York. She records with Island Records.
- Lil Mama Lil Mama is one of the best female hip-hop singers. Her first single was titled “Lip Gloss.” She and Avril Lavigne did a hip-hop remake of Avril’s song “Girlfriend.” Lil Mama was born Niatia Jessica Kirkland. She is a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
- Rihanna Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Barbados. She records with Def Jam Records. Her hit songs include “Rude Boy” and “Umbrella.” She is a cultural ambassador for Barbados. She has collaborated with artists such as Eminem and Jay-Z.
- Eve Eve has been ranked as one of the best female hip-hop singers. She has had lead roles in the movies “Barbershop” and “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.” She also stars in the television sitcom “Eve.” Her first album was titled “Ruff Ryders’ First Lady,” which was released in 1998.
- Kelly Rowland Kelly is a female hip-hop singer. She is a former member of Destiny’s Child. Besides being a hip-hop artist, Kelly is also an actress, songwriter, model and TV host. Her single include “Stole” and “Can’t Nobody.”
- Lady Sovereign Lady was born Louise Amanda Harman. She is small in stature and is known for wearing the Stussy clothing label. She began her music career by visiting internet chatrooms promoting her work. Her music appears in video games such as “Fight Night Round 4” and “Midnight Club 3.”
What Others Are Reading Right Now.
15 Shirts Women Simply Can’t Resist—and Why
From Ts to button-downs and beyond, these must-haves will get her everlovin’ attention.
As Boogie Nights Turns 20, Here’s What You Didn’t Kno...
Fun facts about Paul Thomas Anderson, Dirk Diggler, Rollergirl and more.
19 Men’s Grooming Gaffes That Totally Turn Women Off
And what to do about them.