Her debut LP, 'Somethin' 'Bout Kreay,' recently dropped.
Shawnna is the daughter of blues legend Buddy Guy as well as a former member of Chicago rap duo Infamous Syndicate.
Although UTFO responded by commissioning a female rapper called the Real Roxanne to diss Shante, it's "Roxanne's Revenge" that remains the classic track. protege, A$AP Rocky pal, Azealia Banks Twitter beefer and the first woman to grace XXL's Top 10 Freshman issue.
After popping up on Azealia Banks's mixtapes, she recently modeled as part of New York Fashion Week 2012.
This 23-year-old San Fran MC netted a record contract based on the strength of her 2011 viral hit "Gucci Gucci," which was controversial not for its subject matter but for what some cultural commentators decried as her performance style being reminiscent of "a modern day minstrel show" in the words of Madame Noire.
The Seattle duo THEESatisfaction consists of rapper Stasia "Stas" Iron and singer Catherine "Cat" Harris-White.
They debuted this year with the genre-bending album 'Aw E Natural E,' an underground LP that's a must-seek release of 2012.
Dynamite turned her attention to blending rap, ragga and R&B on her impressive 2002 debut 'A Little Deeper.' While competing on a celebrity car racing show in 2006, she accidentally drove into a wall at nearly 100mph--luckily, her hospital stay was short-lived but she's taken a break from making albums since then.
Swedish rapper/DJ/singer Neneh Cherry scored an international hit in 1988 with the stylistically groundbreaking single "Buffalo Stance," which combined rap, dance and the immortal words "Bomb the bass, rock this place!
After writing for Raven-Symone, Jodeci and Aaliyah in the early to mid-nineties, Missy Elliott (and her frequent producing partner Timbaland) went on to produce on of the most unassailable string of albums in hip hop history from 1997's 'Supa Dupa Fly' to 2005's 'The Cookbook.' Despite a long hiatus and several delayed release dates, her new album 'Block Party' is supposed to drop this year.
Formerly a member of Busta Rhymes' hip hop crew the Flipmode Squad a.k.a. A.'s musical output is as much of a one-of-a-kind melange as her British/Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. has been the target of a variety of controversies touching on everything from terrorism to Anderson Cooper to truffle fries. recently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation management and continues to be one of music's most unpredictably worthwhile voices. In 2009, just before her 19th birthday, Rye Rye gave birth to her first child.
the Conglomerate, Rah Digga has only two solo albums (separated by 11 years) to her name, but she's still considered "one of rap's most prominent women MCs," according to All One of the nicknames she goes by is Harriet Thugman. Arguably the first MC to successfully meld hip hop, electronica and world music for a massive Western audience, M. Even if her third album alienated some fans by indulging in industrial noise, M. After getting some buzz off an appearance on Trick Daddy's 1998 album, Trina debuted in 2000 with 'Da Baddest Bitch' which took a page from Lil' Kim's X-rated book. The British MC started getting attention thanks to her appearance on Queen Latifah's women's anthem "Ladies First" in 1989.