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Every genre of music is amazing in its own way, but if you really want to treat your ears to beats that set fire to the charts, you need to revamp your playlist with some hip hop. 

If you look at this extensive industry under a microscope, you’ll see that it has recently been dominated by fierce female hip hop artists who totally know their stuff. From Nicki Minaj all the way to Megan Thee Stallion, we’ve put together a list of all the strong women who are shaking up the hip hop scene with their signature sounds. 

Warning: We will lowkey throw you some shade if you don’t have all these ladies on your workout playlist or Saturday night playlist, because TBH, if you haven’t been listening to these female hip hop artists, whatcha even doing, people?  

Better take notes because we got 9 fierce female hip hop artists coming up to make your playlist sizzle. 

Megan Thee Stallion

26-year-old Megan Thee Stallion didn’t come to play when she started freestyling on Instagram. This girl totally came to slay! Her music career officially launched when she released her first mixtape, “Fever”, in 2019.

Less than two years later, this new hip hop legend skyrocketed to the tops of the Billboard charts, raked in a few awards, and got dubbed with her iconic nicknames: Tina Snow, Hot Girl Meg, and Hot Girl Coach. 

Megan Thee Stallion Songs That You Will Love

Erica Banks

They say fame doesn’t happen overnight, and that’s true… except if you’re Erica Banks. Entering the music industry with her self-titled debut mixtape in 2020, she made waves with her hit single, “Buss It”, which went viral on TikTok. 

With over 25 million views on YouTube, we can assume that that’s 25 million people who now know how to buss it like a pro. 

Erica Banks Songs That Will Make You Buss A Move

Young M.A

Do we love Young M.A because of her playlist-worthy music? Bet. Do we stan Young M.A because of her edgy tattoos and sleek braids? Double bet. 

While Young M.A rejects the idea of labelling herself as a “female rapper”, it would be a miss in our books not to include her in this roundup. Proving her talent to the world, this ‘92 baby was nominated for BET and MTV Artist of the Year and Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year awards. She even made magazine covers and appeared alongside Alicia Keys on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. To top it all off, she was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018. Yes, girl, you winning at life! 

Young M.A Songs That Will Give You Life

Cardi B

Your girl, Cardi B, never disappoints when it comes to releasing hip hop tracks that’ll climb to the top of the charts. Before we knew her as the hip hop heavyweight that she is today, Cardi B was an internet celebrity who rose to fame on Instagram and Vine. She was also a cast member on the VH1 reality series, Love and Hip Hop: New York.  

Come 2018, she debuted her first studio album, Invasion of Privacy, and just like that, it skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 and was even hailed as the Top Female Rap Album of the 2010s by Billboard itself! How do you do it, Cardi? 

Cardi B Songs That Slay 

NoName

Her mysterious name alone is enough to snag our attention and spiral us into a rabbit hole of tracks that are totally lit. NoName began performing slam poetry in 2010 and made it big in 2013 for her appearance on the track, “Lost”, from Chance the Rapper’s mixtape, Acid Rap.

Her highly-anticipated debut mixtape, Telefone, dropped on July 31st, 2020, and shook everyone to their core. Since 2019, this undeniable talent has ventured into running her own book club too! We stan the diversity this girl radiates. Is it possible to hit the like button on a person?

NoName Songs That Totally Have Names

Doja Cat

Thank goodness for Soundcloud, because that’s where Doja Cat took her first steps to becoming one of the biggest icons in the world of hip hop! She launched her debut studio album, Amaia, in 2018 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with “Say So” from her second studio album. 

Doja Cat’s forte is creating content that gains massive popularity on social media platforms, like TikTok and YouTube. With two American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, and three Grammy noms, we completely get why her name is Doja Cat. She snuck up on the music industry with such stealth, that we didn’t see her coming…

Doja Cat Songs That Even Your Cat Will Love

Rico Nasty

There is only one Rico Nasty, and once you hear her unique sound and colorful take on grunge aesthetic you will agree 100%. 

She first rose to fame in 2018 when she released her edgy singles, “Poppin” and “Smack a B*tch”. Her debut studio album titled Nightmare Vacation (which is both poppin’ and smackin’), was released in December 2020. 

Rico Nasty Songs That Aren’t So Nasty

Tierra Whack

Tierra Whack is a singer, songwriter, and rapper who specializes in hip hop and contemporary R&B. Her sassy sound and unconventional music videos are breathing new life into the chaotic industry of music, and we’re totally here for it! 

It’s a Whack world. We’re just living in it. 

Tierra Whack Songs That Will Make You Party

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s fans are known as Barbiez because of the rapper’s pink and girly alter ego that she often flaunts in her music videos. Her colorful costumes, super extra wigs, and undeniably polished rapping skills were the key factors that catapulted her to fame in the first place. 

Whenever Nicki Minaj produces new content, she never fails to deliver a sure-fire hit, rake in views, and spit savage facts with her lyrics.

Nicki Minaj Songs That Will Make You Smash That Replay Button

Hip Hop: It’s a Fierce Female World

The hip hop industry used to be male-dominated, but with the influx of countless female artists stepping up to the plate, it’s clear that girls run the world right now. 

Wanna vibe to the hottest hip hop music this summer? Well, then Desert Drip’s hip hop festival is the place to be! You bring the drip. We’ll bring the desert and the beats. Party alongside some of the hottest hip hop artists in the industry this summer and buy your tickets today!

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