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Diary of a Mad Black DJ 208: Happy International Women's Day for Hip Hop Heads

I wanted to put together a list of essential hip hop albums by women artist. There are many versions of this for male artist, so much to the point where I've memorized most of them. (The Top 5 always includes Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, Ready to Die- and then it branches off from there based on the era or region in which the person grew up.)

I figured I should make a list based on women creators for a person that may be curious about what women emcees/rappers are out there now; OR someone that may not have had a proper introduction to BOTH genders of hip hop. If that sounds like you, or if you're just a hip hop connoisseur, then this is a great thread for you.

First, this list is in no particular order! Okay, maybe there is some order...I stand behind my top 5..but that's also not in any particular order, aside from the top 3. Lol. Okay...


I hope these albums are as good to you as they each have been to me.

Wash & Set Leikeli47

Da Baddest B!tch Trina

Pink Friday (Complete Edition) Nicki Minaj

Teen Nite at Empire LATASHA

Hot, Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa

Supa Dupa Fly OR Miss E...So Addictive Missy Elliott

This Week + The Bootleg of the Bootleg Jean Grae

Eyes On This OR Lyte As A Rock MC Lyte

The Tree Act Nappy Nina

A Good Night in the Ghetto Kamaiyah

Creature! Nitty Scott

Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady Eve

bittersweetvol.1 OSHUN

1992 Deluxe Princess Nokia

Hard Core Lil'Kim

Tina Snow Megan Thee Stallion

Whack World Tierra Whack

Eve Rapsody

Black Reign Queen Latifah

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill

HONORABLE ADDS (I can't leave these off the list)

  • JP3 - Junglepussy

  • Kala- M.I.A.

  • GREY Area- Little Simz

  • Telefone- NoName

  • EllaMaeFlossie- EllaMaeFlossie

  • Santigold- Santigold

  • PERIOD- City Girls

Who did I miss?

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