Since 1973 – after DJ Kool Herc hosted a party in the Bronx, NY, that birthed the cultural phenomenon that is hip-hop – women in rap have historically been overlooked for their contributions to the genre. But that doesn’t diminish their momentous impact in leading rap’s innovations and pushing it forward.
Where would rap music be without Missy Elliott’s iconic music videos? Or without Queen Latifah‘s self-affirming bars that have empowered generations of women? Or without the current female rap renaissance?
When these women perform together, the creativity and dominance of female rappers becomes even more potent. So as hip-hop celebrates 50 years this month, we honor the culture with our list of some of the best collaborations of all time between female rappers.