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Women in Hip Hop: 2013's Rising Female Rappers

Meet Angel Haze, Yoon Mirae, Tiffany Foxx and seven more lady emcees quickly climbing the hip hop ranks
 / May 31, 2013

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UPDATE: Check out our 2014 Rising Female Rappers list now!

Female hip hop feels dominated by Nicki Minaj's larger-than-life personality and Azealia Banks' never-ending beefs, but don't get it twisted: there's way more going on.

We've searched across the globe for the lady MCs poised to own 2013. Some have major names backing them (like Lil' Kim protege Tiffany Foxx) while others have huge viral appeal (CL, rapper of K-pop group 2NE1, garnered over a million views of her debut single in less than 24 hours).

Get the 411 on the hottest rising lady rappers right here. Don't sleep on these fierce females!

Iggy Azalea

Rap Sheet:

  • Real name: Amethyst Amelia Kelly
  • Home: Sydney, Australia
  • Why she's hot:
    • Earned millions of views with viral videos like "PU$$Y" (4.8 million) without the help of a major record label.
    • Inked an endorsement deal with Levi Jeans in late 2012.
    • Signed with Island Def Jam after a deal with Interscope Records fell through (She didn't agree with Interscope telling her to "simplify" her music. You go girl!)
    • Her video "Work" (above) is her most-watched video to date with more than 11 million views in less than three months.
    • She rocks a curve-hugging catsuit and tiny pasties in the ultra-sexy "Change Your Life" video featuring T.I.

Kilo Kish

Rap Sheet:

  • Real name: Lakisha Kimberly Robinson
  • Home: Brooklyn, NY

Chella H

Rap Sheet:

  • Name: Chella H
  • Home: Chicago, IL
  • Why she's hot:
    • Garnered big buzz for her mixtape The Realest B*tch in It, which caught the attention of Vibe and XXL, among others.
    • Joined Miami MC Trina onstage in Chicago. 
    • She wants to be "the first self-funded street female artist from the Chicago projects to start a bidding war without the co-sign of a major male artist." Sisters are doing it for themselves.

Tiffany Foxx

Rap Sheet:

  • Name: Tiffany Foxx
  • Home: St. Louis, MO

Shystie

Rap Sheet:

  • Real name: Chanelle Scott Calica
  • Home: London, UK
  • Why she's hot:
    • Mixes raps with M.I.A.-esque electronic hip hop, as heard in new single "Scumbag" (above).
    • Appeared on Azealia Banks' mixtape cut "Neptune." 
    • The controversial Banks returned the favor for Shystie's single "Control It."

Yoon Mi Rae

Rap Sheet:

  • Real Name: Natasha Shanta Reid
  • Home: Seoul, South Korea (born in Fort Hood, TX)

Angel Haze

Rap Sheet:

  • Real name: Raykeea Wilson
  • Born in: Detroit, MI

CL

Rap Sheet:

  • Real name: Chaelin Lee
  • Home: Seoul, South Korea

Brooke Candy

Rap Sheet:

  • Name: Brooke Candy
  • Home: Oxnard, CA

Awkwafina

Rap Sheet:

  • Name: Nora Lum
  • Home: Queens, NY

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