Rappers have always been known for describing reality through their harsh lyrics and their blingy outfits which have shocked the world. Despite it being a male-dominated industry, female rappers have broken the stereotype and have gone on to make a huge name for themselves.
Besides being musical artistes, they have made millions of dollars with their heart-pounding and record breaking music and we are here to look at the top 10 richest female rappers who won the bank balance along with people’s hearts.
10 Richest Female Rappers in the World
10. Foxy Brown- $1.8 Million
Born as Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, Foxy Brown is a Trinidadian-American rapper who is primarily known for her solo works such as Chyna Doll and Broken Silence. She started her career in 1996 with her hit album III Na Na and has made it big since then.
In 2006, she suffered from complete hearing loss and underwent surgery to cure it which enabled her to return to the industry after a one-year break. Despite complete recovery, she hasn’t released an album since 2004 and her fans are waiting to listen to her once again.
9. Iggy Azalea- $6 Million
This Australian lass produces a lethal combination of beauty with talent and is one of the well-known female rappers out there. She moved to the US at 16 to make her career as a female rapper but started out as a model to gain a foothold in the entertainment industry.
In 2014, she released her debut single, ‘The New Single’ which broke the records of all global music charts. Since then, she has released albums such as Work, Beg for Love, and Fancy all of which have been highly successful and made her one of the richest female rappers in the world.
8. MC Lyte- $8 Million
Shooting to fame in the late 1980s, MC Lyte became the first female rapper to release a full-fledged solo album titled ‘Lyte as a Rock’. She has also collaborated with major artists such as Beyoncé and Janet Jackson and released record-breaking songs such as Paper Thin and Ruffneck.
In addition to that, she has received the ‘I Am Hip Hop’ Icon Lifetime Achievement Award from BET Hip Hop Awards and is ranked number 6 on the Greatest Rappers Ever. Artists like Lauryn Hill and Eve have credited her for having a positive influence in their works.
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7. DJ Spinderella- $10 Million
Featuring at number seven on this list of the richest female rappers in the world is American rapper and artist DJ Spinderella. She started her own girl group named Salt-n-Peppa at the age of 16 and gained massive fame with it.
Apart from that, she has collaborated with some of the major names in the industry and has featured as an actress in films like Stay Tuned and Kazaam. Currently, she is a radio host and is the owner of a salon in New York City.
6. Sandra Denton- $15 Million
Here comes a co-member of DJ Spinderella’s Salt n Peppa Group. Sandra Denton is a Jamaican-American hip-hop artist and began her career in 1986 by releasing the single called Showstopper. It gained massive success and she was approached by Spinderella to join her girl group two years later.
However, the group disbanded in 2002 but reunited to host the Salt-n-Peppa Show in 2008. She also went on to star in various movies such as Who’s The Man and Jason’s Lyric and has been the recipient of a Grammy award with her girl group Salt-n-Peppa.
5. Lil’ Kim- $20 Million
Lil’ Kim is a woman who is a master of many talents. A rapper, model, and a songwriter, she started her career in 1996 under the mentorship of ‘Biggie Smalls’ and has released over four albums and 36 hit singles in her entire career.
She is also the owner of a beauty salon and 2 clothing lines along with a plethora of brand endorsements which make her one of the richest female rappers. While she has had a good professional career, her personal life did take a twist when she was sentenced to a year’s jail for lying about a shooting incident in 2001.
4. Cardi B- $30 Million
Adding another reputed name to this list of the richest female rappers in the world is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar aka Cardi B. She released her debut studio album titled Invasion of Privacy and has gone on to make blockbuster collaborations with artists like Adam Levine and French Montana.
Known for her aggressive flow and passionate lyrics, she is the only female rapper to top the Hot 100 charts three times in a row. She also has a Grammy and 8 Billboard Awards to her name along with 5 Guinness World Records as well. She is married to rapper Offset and has a daughter with him.
3. Missy Elliott- $60 Million
Starting her career in the 1990s with girl group Sista, Missy Elliott has come a long way since her initial days. She released her first album Supa Dupa Fly and achieved a rare distinction of selling more than a million copies of it in the 90s.
She has ruled this industry for years now and has asserted her authority by winning five Grammys and an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her phenomenal success led her to bagging various endorsement deals and roles in TV. No surprises that she features third on this richest female rappers list!
2. Queen Latifah- $80 Million
Queen Latifah lives every inch of her self-proclaimed stage name for she has been a force to reckon with for years now. Latifah travelled the then lesser-known path of rapping in 1989 with her super-hit single ‘All Hail the Queen’ and went on to produce 6 more albums which made her the queen of rapping in that era.
Despite being a successful hip-hop artist, she has showcased her acting chops in various movies and has also been nominated for the Oscars for her role in Chicago. She now works as a social politician and with so much fame and success over the years, there is no reason as to why she shouldn’t feature on the richest female rappers list!
1. Nicki Minaj- $100 Million
A continual string of hits and an endorser for some of the biggest brands in the world, is there something that Nicki Minaj hasn’t done in her career! The richest female rapper started her career by releasing mixtapes and moved to releasing albums, all of them smashing through the Billboard Charts.
While she may have not released many albums, her fast flow and peculiar style have made her an instant hit among the masses. She also endorses major brands such as Adidas and Pepsi which add more to her monetary reserves. However, Minaj announced retirement from the industry in 2019 to spend more time with her family. A deserved candidate to top this list of the richest female rappers in the world!