American Female Hip Hop Singers

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Nicki Minaj
(Trinidadian-born Hip-Hop Artist)

Nicki Minaj
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Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Amongst the most influential female rap artists of all time and one of the bestselling artists, Nicki Minaj came to limelight after her collaborations with Dirty Money Record and Young Money Entertainment. With subsequent release of her four albums, Minaj firmly established herself as a chart-topping artist. The Queen of Rap has also dabbled in acting and ventured into business.

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Aaliyah
(Singer)

Aaliyah
10
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

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Jennifer Lopez
(Singer, Actress, Dancer)

Jennifer Lopez
14
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

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Queen Latifah
(Best Known as 'Queen of Rap')

Queen Latifah
20
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Queen Latifah is an American musician and actress whose song U.N.I.T.Y. played a major role in raising awareness about women's rights worldwide. Dubbed Queen of Jazz-Rap, Latifah has influenced several soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists like Remy Ma, Lil' Kim, Ivy Queen, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Eve among other artists. As an actress, Latifah has won several prestigious awards.

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Lauryn Hill
(One of the Greatest Rappers Of All Time)

Lauryn Hill
5
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Famous rapper and singer, Lauryn Hill, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre. The artist whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, is an inspiration for numerous singers and rappers. Earlier, she gained recognition as member of Fugees, an award-winning hip hop group.

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Fergie
(Famous as the Member of Hip-Hop Group 'Black Eyed Peas')

Fergie
4
Birthdate: March 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hacienda Heights, California, United States
Fergie soared to fame as part of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, which has delivered hits such as Boom Boom Pow. She was initially a child star in Kids Incorporated. She has also released solo hits such as Big Girls Don't Cry and owns a line of fragrances. 

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Lisa Lopes
(Rapper, Singer)

Lisa Lopes
3
Birthdate: May 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2002

Lisa Lopes, popularly known as “Left Eye,” was a member of the Grammy-winning hip-hop/R&B girl band TLC. Apart from rapping and singing, she also co-wrote songs and managed the band’s outfits, album titles, and artworks. Lopes died in a car accident in Honduras, leaving behind her incomplete second solo album.

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Mary J. Blige
(Singer-songwriter)

Mary J. Blige
7
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

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Kehlani
(Famous for Her Performance on America's Got Talent With The Band 'Poplyfe')

Kehlani
3
Birthdate: April 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Kehlani Ashley Parrish soared to fame on America's Got Talent, performing with the teen pop band Poplyfe. The Grammy-nominated artist is known for her chartbusting tracks 1st Position and Raw & True. She is pansexual and is known for her love for tattoos. She is also a sexual-assault survivor.

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Brandy Norwood
(Singer-songwriter)

Brandy Norwood
4
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

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Rebecca Marie Gomez
(Hip-Hop Singer who Gained from Her Single 'Shower')

Rebecca Marie Gomez
5
Birthdate: March 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States

Singer, songwriter, and actress Rebecca Marie Gomez first gained prominence when she started posting her covers of popular songs online. Some of these uploads went viral and gained her mainstream attention. She has since released many songs and albums and has worked in collaboration with musical stars like Cody Simpson and Cher Lloyd. 

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Saweetie
(Rapper)

Saweetie
3
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

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Nora Lum
(Rapper, Actress)

Nora Lum
8
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stony Brook, New York, United States
Nora Lum, or Awkwafina, soared to fame with the song My Vag, which became a YouTube hit. She then delivered her album Yellow Ranger and appeared in the series Girl Code. With The Farewell, she became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for the lead female.

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Cardi B
(The First Female Rapper to Achieve Multiple Diamond-Certified Songs by the RIAA)

Cardi B
4
Birthdate: October 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York, United States

Rap legend Cardi B rose from being an exotic dancer and internet celebrity to being featured on Forbes and Time 100. Her triple-platinum-certified debut album, Invasion of Privacy, topped the Billboard 200. She was the only female solo artist to win the Grammy for the Best Rap Album.

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Mariah Carey
(First Artist to Have Her First Five Singles Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100)

Mariah Carey
1
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States

Known for her five-octave vocal range and melismatic singing style, singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist and a female songwriter. She was ranked second on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. 

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Megan Thee Stallion
( The Second Female Rapper to Win Best New Artist (Grammy))

Megan Thee Stallion
2
Birthdate: February 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

An American rapper, singer, and songwriter, Megan Thee Stallion began rapping while she was still in her teens and used digital media platforms to promote her work. Her talent was appreciated by both fans and record labels and she eventually became the first female rapper to be signed by the American record label 300 Entertainment.

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Faith Evans
(R&B Singer Known for Her Albums 'Faith', 'Keep the Faith' and 'Faithfully')

Faith Evans
6
Birthdate: June 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida, United States
R&B and hip-hop artist Faith Evans is the first female artist to sign with Sean Combs’s label. She was married to rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a shooting. Evans later won a Grammy for the song I'll Be Missing You, released in memory of her late husband.

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Kelly Rowland
(Singer-songwriter)

Kelly Rowland
7
Birthdate: February 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Four-time Grammy-winning artist Kelly Rowland was part of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé. Kelly has also had a successful solo career and has starred in films such as Freddy vs. Jason. She has been a judge on The X Factor and a coach on The Voice

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Missy Elliott
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Four-time Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott, known for her chartbusting tracks such as Get Ur Freak On, was ranked fifth on Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time list. She was initially part of the R&B group Sista and then collaborated with Timbaland in the collective Swing Mob

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Madison Beer
(Singer-songwriter)

Madison Beer
3
Birthdate: March 5, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jericho, New York, United States

American singer Madison Beer broke into the top 50 list of many music charts in the US when she featured in a new single in February 2015 by DJ Mako titled I Won't Let You Walk Away. Some of her other notable songs are Dead, Say It to My Face, Home with You, Good in Goodbye, Selfish, Stained Glass and Baby.

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Young M.A
(Rapper)

Young M.A
4
Birthdate: April 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Young M.A is an American rapper who achieved popularity after the release of her single Ooouuu, which was certified quadruple-platinum. Also a well-known philanthropist, Young M.A launched the KWEENZ Foundation in 2018; the foundation aims at helping those trying to cope with the loss of loved ones. The same year, she was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

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Remy Ma
(Rapper, Songwriter)

Remy Ma
4
Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States

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Lil’ Kim
(Rapper)

Lil’ Kim
4
Birthdate: July 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Kimberly Denise Jones, better known as Lil' Kim, rose from the streets of Brooklyn and became one of VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. She shared a Grammy for her collaborative track Lady Marmalade. Her songs talk about female desires. She has also inspired many with her risky fashion sense. 

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Azealia Banks
4
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

Azealia Banks is an American rapper, actress, singer, and songwriter. After releasing music through the social networking service Myspace, Banks signed to XL Recordings. After a brief association with Polydor Records and Interscope, Banks founded her own label, Chaos & Glory Recordings. Over the years, her outspoken views on sensitive subjects like race have attracted criticism, controversy, and media scrutiny.

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Coi Leray
(Rapper whose music video for 'Huddy' was viewed more than half a million times on YouTube)

Coi Leray
0
Birthdate: May 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Mýa
(Singer-Songwriter)

Mýa
3
Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Singer Mýa initially gained fame with Teen Summit and then released hit singles such as Case of the Ex. She earned her first Grammy for the recreation of the 1975 hit Lady Marmalade, with Pink, Lil' Kim, and Christina Aguilera. She has also appeared in film such as Chicago.

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Skylar Grey
(Singer-Songwriter)

Skylar Grey
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mazomanie, Wisconsin, United States
Skylar Grey initially gained recognition as part of the folk duo Generations, with her mother. She co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s chartbusting track Love the Way You Lie and made her way to the U.S. charts with the album Don't Look Down. She has also collaborated with Nicki Minaj and Diddy.

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JT
(Singer)

JT
3
Birthdate: December 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States

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Ashnikko
(Singer-songwriter)

Ashnikko
3
Birthdate: February 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, North Carolina, United States

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Da Brat
(Rapper)

Da Brat
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Rapper Shawntae Harris, better known as Da Brat, is best known for her debut album, Funkdafied, which made her the first solo female platinum certified rapper. The two-time Grammy nominee soared to fame with her hits such as Loverboy. She has also served prison time for assaulting a waitress.

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Yung Miami
(Singer)

Yung Miami
5
Birthdate: February 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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DaniLeigh
(Singer, Songwriter)

DaniLeigh
0
Birthdate: December 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

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Jessi
(Rapper and Singer best known as a member of the hip-hop trio Lucky J)

Jessi
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Birthdate: December 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, United States

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Rico Nasty
(Rapper)

Rico Nasty
2
Birthdate: May 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Rico Nasty is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her punk aesthetic and unique delivery, Nasty achieved popularity in 2018 when she released singles, such as Poppin and Smack a Bitch. Over the years, Rico Nasty has been serving as an inspiration for contemporary artists like ppcocaine and Flo Milli.

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Dej Loaf
(Rapper)

Dej Loaf
2
Birthdate: April 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Kiely Williams
4
Birthdate: July 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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Kash Doll
(Rapper)

Kash Doll
2
Birthdate: March 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Cupcakke
(Rapper)

Cupcakke
2
Birthdate: May 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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070 Shake
(Hip-hop artist)

070 Shake
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Birthdate: June 13, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Bergen, New Jersey, United States

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Samantha Ronson
2
Birthdate: August 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Samantha Ronson is an English singer, songwriter, and DJ. Best known for her work as a DJ, Ronson spins at high-profile gigs across the world. She has also played private events for popular personalities like Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres among others. Samantha Ronson is also known for getting entangled in several controversies including lawsuits. 

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Asian Doll
(Rapper)

Asian Doll
2
Birthdate: December 7, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

Misharron Jermeisha Allen, popularly known as Asian Doll, is an American rapper. After having endured a poverty-stricken early life, Doll managed to put her rapping skills to good use to earn money and fame. Her journey from being a naive rapper to becoming the first female artist to be signed to the popular 1017 Eskimo Records has been quite inspirational.

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Angel Haze
(Rapper)

Angel Haze
2
Birthdate: July 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Melody Thornton
(Singer-songwriter)

Melody Thornton
2
Birthdate: September 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona

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Tisha Campbell-Martin
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Birthdate: October 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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Santigold
(Singer-songwriter)

Santigold
2
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Santigold is an American singer-songwriter renowned for her mezzo-soprano voice. She achieved popularity after the release of her critically acclaimed album Santogold in 2008. The same year, she was named the Best Breakthrough Artist at the NME Awards USA. In 2009, she won the Vanguard Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Santigold's work has influenced artists like Bob Evans.        

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Noname
(Rapper)

Noname
2
Birthdate: September 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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E. G. Daily
(Actress)

E. G. Daily
2
Birthdate: September 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Jody Watley
(Singer)

Jody Watley
4
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Tierra Whack
(Rapper)

Tierra Whack
2
Birthdate: August 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Lady Miss Kier
2
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA