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Roxanne Shante Explains Why She Had to Console Actor Mahershala Ali While They Filmed Her Biopic

Things got really real.

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Charley Gallay / Michael Loccisano / Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images (3)
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Flying Lotus, Roxanne Shante and Ad-Rock to Debut Films at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Hip-hop invades the Sundance Film Festival.

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Jo Hale / Bryan Steffy / Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
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20 Memorable Videos From Female Rappers

To celebrate women excelling in hip-hop, we've taken the liberty of putting together a solid list of unforgettable videos from female rappers throughout history.

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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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Trina is the Most Consistent Female Rapper of All-Time

Clearly, Trina knows something that most female MCs don't—how to stay relevant...

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10 of QB’s Finest Tracks – The Bridge Ain’t Over

What's the hottest track to come out of Queensbridge...

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Queens keeps on faking it

Why Roxanne Shante lied about having a Ph.D from Cornell.

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David Banner, Cuba Gooding Jr. Set to Star in Upcoming Film About the Juice Crew

Rapper David Banner and Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. are set to appear in an upcoming independent film about Marley Marl’s legendary Juice Crew.

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