Nicki Minaj wasn't the first woman to shatter hip-hop's glass ceiling. There's a long list of femcees before her who managed to rise above male chauvinist attitudes prevalent in the genre's followers. Some simply ignored it, like Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte, while others, including Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, reveled in it. The best, like Missy Elliott and, now, Minaj, have subverted our expectations of sexually confident women by giving us plenty of cheesecake rhymes alongside futuristic urban pop that shows they're more than bedroom playthings. Here are a few of the best albums by female rap artists.
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