The music industry is a multi-million empire. We look at the rappers who have managed to reap big rewards in their rap careers. Though rap is commonly known as the male species playground some female artists have come and conquered in this male dominated field. Being on top of your game is not an option in the rap and hip-hop genre as the competition is very tough hence you got to be good at it and moreover better at it. The females constantly have to work harder than the men to get recognition which we can blame it on the gender inequality phenomena. But these women below have proved they are talented and just as good as their male counterparts. Here is a look at ten of the top earning female rappers in the world.
List of Top 10 Richest Female Rappers in The World in 2017
10. Iggy Azaelia
Iggy Azaelia is a newbie in the rap industry but she has managed to mesmerize the masses with her smooth rhymes and her gorgeous looks. Her music is loved worldwide and because of that, she finds herself among the top ten richest female rappers in the world 2017. The Australian rapper’s debut album titled “the new classic” topped five music charts worldwide including the American Hip-hop billboards. She has received a grammy award nomination and as her music career is just peaking, she is doing pretty well. Some of her songs that you might be familiar with are “Black window”, “Work”, “Change your life”, “Bounce”, “Beg for it” “Fuck love” among others. Her estimated worth is $10 million.
9. MC Lyte
This female spit master has been in the game since the late 80’s as she started at the tender age of twelve. By the time she was 16, she had released her first album called “Lyte as a rock.” This was the first ever album by a female rapper therefore it is correct to say she set the pace for other female MC’s. When she is not on the stage her name is Lana Michelle Moorer and her most popular hit single “Cha cha cha” propelled her to fame and prosperity. Her net worth is $8 million.
This phenomenal trendsetter has been a favorite for most rap enthusiasts because of her bold and crisp way of rapping. Her name in full is Eve Jihan Jeffers and she owns a Grammy award together with Gwen Steffani for their collaboration on the song “Let me blow your mind.” Apart from music she is also involved in other projects such as fashion, she owns a clothing line known as Fetish and she has also been involved in acting, her biggest roles being in the movie the barbershop one and two. Some of her songs are “No No No” “She bad bad” “Grind or die” “gangsta loving” “giving it to you” among others. Her net worth adds up to $10 million.
7. Salt and Pepa
Salt & Pepa was the first ever all girl rap group. The group came into being in the year 1984. The group consisted of Salt (Cheryl James), Pepa (Sandra Denton) and Dj Spinderella (Dedra Muriel) who joined them two years later. The trio was one of the best rap groups of that time. They managed to sell a lot of records. They were also very instrumental in the conception of Kirk Franklin’s album “God’s Property.” Their net worth is $15 million.
6. DJ Spinderella
Sandra denton is her real name and she rose to the top after she joined all girl rap group Salt & Pepa as their DJ. Apart from being a phenomenal rap DJ, she has been a host on radio and she has also done some acting on movies such as “Kazaam” and also “Stay Tuned.” The eclectic DJ is said to be worth an estimated $10 million.
Antonia Reed, better known by her stage name Bahamadia comes from Philadelphia. Her debut album was called “Kolage” which topped the Hip hop charts in the United States. She then followed it up with an EP by the name BB queen. She speaks out very passionately about globalism in her rap songs. Some of her music are “total wrecks”, “true honey buns”, Funk vibe, BeOk, worldplay, Her net worth is a whopping $32 million.
4. Roxanne Shante
This hip hop star was known as the queen of freestyle. She was born Lolita Shante Gooden but took up Roxanne Shante as her stage name. Roxanne would then prove to be a popular name as the singing group UTFO had a song out called “Roxanne Roxanne” and it was this very song that Shante used to retaliate to them by smartly coming up with a reply known as “Roxanne’s Revenge.” Needless to say the song became a hit and propelled her to musical success. Other songs that were a hit also are Go on girl, big mama, sharp as a knife, have a nice day, this line, fatal attraction, among others.Her estimated worth is roughly $48 million.
3. Missy Elliott
Missy Elliot is one of the world’s most loved hip hop star and arguably one of the best all time female hip hop acts in the industry. She is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Female Rappers in The World 2017. Her catchy songs sold millions of records around the world. Some of her most popular hits include “Get your freak on” and “Work it” just to name a few. She won five Grammy awards over the years not to mention all the numerous awards in the hip hop genre. Her net worth adds up to an impressive $50 million.
2. Queen Latifah
The Queen’s real name is Dana Elaine Owens and she is singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, . Her first album was released in 1989 catching the attention of hip hop lovers all over the world. She has long been deliberated one of hip-hop’s revolutionary feminists. She has collaborated with Will Smith in some of her rap songs and just like Will, she joined the acting career as well. Half of her fortune comes from acting earnings. She has won a golden globe award for her role in the movie “Life support.” Also won a Golden Globe award, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. The beautiful multi talented Queen Latifah is on average worth $60 million.
1. Ladybug Mecca
Ladybug Mecca’s real name is Mary Ann Viera. She is from the hip hop group Digable Planet. Their brilliant fuse of hip hop and jazz earned them a lot of popularity and success as their sound was fresh and different to listen to. It was not your ordinary rap songs hence this made them stand out. Some of her songs are rebirth of slick, where Im from, nickel bags, Black ego, 9th wonder, Ooh poor you among others. Because she was part of this great group, she was able to earn good money and her earnings add up to a net worth of $61 million.
These are the richest names in the world of female rappers 2017. The beauties work extra hard to prove themselves in a male dominated industry and doing good at it too. Though the music keeps evolving, it is no doubt that hip hop remains one of the most loved genres of music.