Cardi B, MC Lyte, Lil’ Kim and more

the Grammy’s pays tribute to several female rappers who have moved the culture forward and shaped the world of hip-hop.

Celebrate Women’s History Month, unveiled its list of the 5 essential women in rap on Friday. The women on the list are trailblazers who broke boundaries and opened doors for rappers and creators after them.

MC Lyte was first on the list, being the first female Grammy-nominated rapper. Next was Sylvia Robinson, the “mother of hip-hop” who founded Sugar Hill Records. Lil Kim followed for his contributions to shaping fashion in the female hip-hop community and normalizing sexuality. Cardi B was next for her many accomplishments, including becoming the first female rapper to win Best Rap Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Last but not least, Tierra Whack has been listed for her willingness to think outside the box through quirky fashion and strong lyrical abilities.

Although not on the list, Nicki Minaj was mentioned in the article for her stellar performance with Doja Cat in the “Say So” remix. The record marked the first time a female rap collaboration topped the chart. Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa were also highlighted in the full article.

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