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1990s FEMALE RAP RADAR

The 1990s saw more female rappers emerge than both the 80s and the 2000s combined. BE Magazine counts 24 of them. Check out each artist and their claim to fame below.

[Information courtesy Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) and Youtube (www.youtube.com), along with (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,292599,00.htm)]

  Artist Name  First appeared on rap radar  Notable single(s)/album(s)  MORE… 
Yo-Yo  Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whittaker  1990  work with Ice Cube as his protege, “Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo”, “Ain’t Nobody Better”, “I Wanna Be Down Human Rhythm Hip-Hop Remix)” (with Brandy, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte)    
Left Eye  Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes   1992 work with legendary trio TLC, “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs”, “Ladies Night (Not Tonight)”   
Suga T  Shanina “Suga T” Stevens   1992 part of The Click with brother E-40, “Recognize”, “Can U Handle Dis?”
Sole  Tonya “Sole” Lumpkin  1993 “Who Dat” (with JT Money”, “4,5,6”
Da Brat  Shawntae “Da Brat” Harris 1993 

first female rapper to have platinum selling album, Funkdafied; ”
Give It 2 You”, “That’s What I’m Looking For”, “What Chu Like”, “Ladies Night (Not Tonight)”, “Sock It 2 Me” (with Missy Elliot)
 

 
Bo$$  Lichelle “Boss” or “Bo$$” Laws 1993  “Deeper” and “Recipe for a Hoe”(both hit #1 on Billboard Hot Rap Tracks)  
Missy Elliott  Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott  1993 (though her solo album “Supa Dupa Fly” dropped in 1997, Missy was already making moves with Sista, Timbaland via DeVante Swing) only female rapper to have 6 platinum albums; “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, “Ladies Night (Not Tonight)”, “Sock It 2 Me”, “Get Ur Freak On”, “Work It”, “Gossip Folks”, “One Minute Man”, “Lose Control”, “Pass That Dutch” 
Gangsta Boo  Lola “Gangsta Boo” Mitchell  1994 famous for her work with Three 6 Mafia, “Where Dem Dollas At?”, “Sippin’ On Some Syrup”  
Lauryn Hill  Lauryn “L-Boogie” Hill  1994  work with rap trio Fugees, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill top-selling female rap album to date with 18 million and counting; “Killing Me Softly”, “Fugee-la”, “Lost Ones”, “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”, “Everything is Everything”, “Ex-Factor”   
Bahamadia  Antonia “Bahamadia” Reed  1994  member of Gang Starr Foundation; “I Confess”, “Three The Hard Way”, “Uknowhowwedo”   
Lil Kim  Kimberly “Lil Kim” Jones  1994  member of Junior M.A.F.I.A; “Players Anthem”, “I Need You Tonight”, “Get Money”, memorable Hard Core album cover “No Time,” “Crush on You”, “Ladies Night (Not Tonight)”, “Download”, “Lady Marmalade” (with Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya) was 1st Billboard #1 hit for female rap artist   
Mia X  Mia “Mia X” Young  1995  “I’ll Take Ya Man”, “You Don’t Wanna Go 2 War”, “I’m Bout It, Bout It” (with TRU), “I Get The Paper”  
Rah Digga  Rashia “Rah Digga” Fisher  1995  work with Busta Rhymes and his Flipmode Squad; “Touch It (Remix)”, “Party And Bullshit 2003” 
Charli Baltimore  Tiffany “Charlie Baltimore” Lane  1995 “Money”, “Feel It”, “Horse and Carriage (Remix)”, “Everybody Wanna Know”, “Diary”, “Lose It”  
Heather B  Heather “Heather B” Gardner  1996  cast member on The Real World: New York; “I Get Wreck”, “All Glocks Down”, “If Headz Only Knew”, “The Game Don’t Stop”   
Foxy Brown  Inga “Foxy Brown” Marchand  1996  signed to Def Jam at 17; “Touch Me Tease Me” (with Case), “Ain’t No Nigga” (with Jay-Z), “Get Me Home”, “I’ll Be”, “Hot Spot”, “BK Anthem”, “Candy”   
Nonchalant  Tonya “Nonchalant” Pointer  1996  “5’Oclock”, “Until The Day”, “Take It There”, “What’s Up Shawty”
Vita  LaVita “Vita” Raynor 1996  “Vita, Vita, Vita”, “Down 4 U” and “Put It On Me” (featuring Ja Rule), “Burn” (with Mobb Deep)   
Amil  Amil “Amil” Whitehead  1997  “I Got That” (with Beyoncé), “Hey Papi”, “Nigga What, Nigga Who” and “Can I Get A…” (with Jay-Z)   
Queen Pen  Lynise “Queen Pen” Walters 1997  “No Diggity” (with Teddy Riley), “Party Ain’t A Party”   
Trina  Katrina “Trina” Taylor  1998  “Nann Nigga”, “Da Baddest Bitch”,”Pull Over”, “No Panties”, “B R Right”,”Here We Go”, “Look Back At Me”,

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