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Stream Jean Grae’s ‘Christmakwhannuvuswaliyears’ EP

Jean Grae drops a new EP for the holiday season.

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Comedian Hannibal Buress Asks People On the Street if They Have Heard of Meek Mill and Drake

Everywhere you look, the Meek Mill/Drake beef is there waiting for you. On Hannibal Buress' Comedy Central show, Why? With Hannibal Buress, the comedian took to the streets to prove that there's a world outside of social media

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Jean Grae Plays An Inmate On CBS’ ‘2 Broke Girls’

Jean Grae appeared on an episode of CBS' 2 Broke Girls last night (Feb. 9).

The Blacksmith/Warner Bros signee guest starred on the hilarious sitcom, playing a prison inmate named Tenaya...

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Jean Grae Gets Sensual In “Underneathu” Video

This is how you make a music video. Jean Grae's new self-directed clip for "underneathu," the standout song from her #5 EP, creates a fictional late-'80s public access TV show...

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This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.
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15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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Since its beginnings, hip-hop has been a Boys Club, with female MCs often ignored or pushed to the side, boxed into the background or assuming the "eye candy" role in music videos. However, talent simply can’t—nor should—be overlooked, and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah have risen to international stardom in spite of hip-hop's often male-centric attitudes, producing undeniable classics along the way. While there may have been a glass ceiling that couldn’t be broken before, women have shattered most limitations these days. Having taken charge of the rap game, it’s never surprising now to see a name like Nicki Minaj killing the Billboard charts.

Today provides another example of ladies running the show. After releasing her debut album last week, Iggy Azalea’s full-length The New Classic lands at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 copies sold, less than a thousand fewer than perennial chart-topper Future debuted with his sophomore effort Honest. Supported by singles such as “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and “Work,” the album marks another milestone in the perennial quest of a non-gendered rap world, with The New Classic becoming the highest-charting female hip-hop artist on the Billboard 200 since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hit the top of the chart in 2012. But those are just current facts; throughout history women have been able to prove themselves.

There are many different ways of assessing success, of course—sales, chart positions, influence, milestones, and legacy all come in to play when assessing who might be better than another. With all this in consideration (and with all due respect), XXL gathered the 20 best female rappers of all time, honoring those that have, or are still, breaking down the stereotypes that have slowed the way. Keep in mind that we have omitted groups—just to let all the Salt-N-Pepa and JJ Fad fans know—and stuck strictly to solo artists who have put out an album (and left things unranked). These are female MCs who have made significant strides that we felt needed to be honored. Click through to find out that made the cut. Who run this mutha? —Kiki Ayers, Kellan Miller and XXL Staff
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The 20 Best Female Rappers Of All Time

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Celebrate Black History Month With These 20 Songs

One of the greatest artistic products to derive from the African American culture is its music. And of that music, no category is as distinct as hip-hop, with its ability to raise awareness by telling stories of social injustice and oppression, but also of heritage and pride...

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Jean Grae Gives Her Recap For The Mid-Season Finale of ‘The Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead had its mid-season finale titled “Too Far Gone,” where fans witnessed Rick and The Governor go head-to-head against each other...

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Pharoahe Monch And Jean Grae Ponder The Return Of Carol On ‘The Walking Dead’

Last night, on episode 7 of The Walking Dead titled "Dead Weight," fans witnessed the psychotic side of The Governor in all its glory...

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Pharoahe Monch And Jean Grae Recap Episode 6 Of ‘The Walking Dead’

Last night, on episode 6 of The Walking Dead titled "Live Bait," fans discovered the long journey the Governor had after he disappeared in season three...

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