With artists like Jay-Z, Kanye, and Eminem bringing out the greatest hits of all time, rap was mainly defined and ruled by male artists. But with rappers like Cardi B. who won a Grammy for Best Rap Album, female rappers are here to break the “boys club.”
The female rappers have been entering the Billboard Hot 100 Chart one after another. So, here’s a list of the ten richest female rappers in 2020.
10. MC Lyte
Lana Michelle Moorer, professionally known as MC Lyte, has been on the rise since the late ’80s becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album, Lyte as a Rock. Her songs, Ruffneck and Ride With Me, were both nominated for a Grammy Award.
Apart from that, the 49 years old MC has also been featured in TV series, including In Living Color, Moesha, and Cousin Skeeter. Being one of the first female rappers to break the misogyny ran in hip-hop, MC Lyte has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2020.
Popularly recognized for her singles Let Me Blow Ya Mind, Who's That Girl, Gangsta Lovin and Tambourine Eve Jihan Jeffers Cooper, aka Eve is only the second female rap artist to debut an album at no.1 on the Billboard 200.
Eve is known for her role in the film, Barbershop, and The Next Cut. She is also the host of CBS Daytime talk show, The Talk. With over 13 million of her first three albums being sold worldwide, the 41 years old rapper has a net worth of $10 million as of 2020.
8. DJ Spinderella
Deidra Muriel Roper, known as DJ Spinderella, has produced several award-winning songs for her hip hop group, Salt-n-Pepa. Salt-n-Pepa later turned out to be one of the biggest female rap groups selling over 15 million albums and singles worldwide, and at least six singles were certified gold or platinum.
After the group disbanded in 2002, Spinderella worked as a radio personality on the non-commercial radio station, KKBT 100.3. She was also a regular in on VH1's The Salt 'N' Pepa Show. The 48-year-old has a net worth of $ 10 million as of 2020.
Mathangi Arulpragasam who is known as M.I.A. is popularly recognized for music with sounds of rare instruments, electronics, and unusual sound samples. Her second album Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US.
In the 2019 Birthday Honors, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music. The 44 years old rapper has a net worth of $ 14 million as of 2020.
6. Cheryl James
Cheryl James, aka Salt, is widely recognized for being a member of Grammy Award winning female rap trio, Salt-n-Pepa. Along with her band-mates, she starred in the reality TV series The Salt-n-Pepa show on VH1.
The band dissolved in 2002 but performed Shoop, Push It, and Whatta Man at the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards. The 53 years old Salt has a net worth of $ 14 million as of 2020.
5. Sandra Denton
Sandra Jacqueline Denton, better known for her stage name Pepa was a member of the famous trio Salt-n-Pepa. Salt-n-Pepa released five studio albums, all of which achieved Gold or Platinum status. She also starred in The Salt-n-Pepa show along with her band-mates.
Pepa released her autobiography, Let’s Talk About Pep, and to accommodate her book she launched her own social network for her fans. She has also appeared on the TBS sitcom, Are We There Yet? The 50 years old Pepa has a net worth of $15 million as of 2020.
4. Cardi B.
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, popularly known as Cardi B., is one of the most influential female rappers of all time. She has earned three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Her single I Like It made her the only female rapper to attain multiple number-one songs on the chart.
The 27 years old rapper has received a Grammy Award, four American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, four BET Awards, and eleven BET Hip Hop Awards. Cardi is the highest-certified female rappers of all time and has a net worth of $24 million as of 2020.
3. Missy Elliott
Melissa Arnette Elliott, aka Missy Elliott, is the first female rapper to get into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her single Work It won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Solo Performance. She has sold over 30 million records in the US.
In 2019 Missy received an honorary Doctor of Music degree, Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, and Women's Entrepreneurship Day Music Pioneer Award. The three-time Grammy Award winner has a net worth of $50 million as of 2020.
2. Queen Latifah
Dana Elaine Owens, professionally known as Queen Latifah, is considered to be hip hop’s pioneering feminist. Her single U.N.I.T.Y won a Grammy Award and reached no. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Dana is also recognized for her acting skills. She has starred in several films including, Set It Off, Juice, and Stranger than Fiction. Her music, as well as TV career, has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. The 49-year-old has a net worth of $60 million as of 2020.
1. Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, aka Nicki Minaj, has been called one of the most influential female rap artists of all time and dubbed as the "Queen of Rap" by the Media. She has earned four top-five on Billboard Hot 100 with singles, Super Bass, Starships, Bang Bang, and Anaconda.
She has received numerous awards, including six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards and four Billboard Music Awards. With over 30 million singles and 5 million albums sold worldwide, she owns a net worth of $80 million as of 2020.
These millionaire rappers have surely accomplished a lot in terms of money, name, and fame. We can’t wait to see who will get added to the list next year.