These Are the 10 Best All-Women Rap Collaborations of All Time

Getty | Jamie McCarthy; Katsumi Murouchi
Photo Illustration: Ava Cruz
Getty | Jamie McCarthy; Katsumi Murouchi
Photo Illustration: Ava Cruz

Since 1973 — after DJ Kool Herc hosted a party in the Bronx, NY, that birthed the cultural phenomenon that is hip-hop — women in rap have historically been overlooked for their contributions to the genre. But that doesn't diminish their momentous impact in leading rap's innovations and pushing it forward.

Where would rap music be without Missy Elliott's iconic music videos? Or without Queen Latifah's self-affirming bars that have empowered generations of women? Or without the current female rap renaissance?

When these women perform together, the creativity and dominance of female rappers becomes even more potent. So as hip-hop celebrates 50 years this month, we honor the culture with our list of some of the best collaborations of all time between female rappers.

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"Ladies First" by Queen Latifah Feat. Monie Love

Before she became an award-winning actor, singer, and model, Queen Latifah was one of rap's leading voices, especially for women. And her iconic song "Ladies First" is a main reason why. The track, considered one of rap's first feminist anthems, shines with Latifah and Monie Love's lyrical annihilation against patriarchal values in hip-hop. With "Ladies First," the pair declared that women were no longer rap's supporting act — they were the main characters.

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"Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" by Lil' Kim Ft. Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Left Eye, Angie Martinez

Off the heels of her groundbreaking debut album, "Hard Core," Lil' Kim gathered an Avengers-style supporting cast of female rappers for 1997's "Not Tonight" remix. Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott, Da Brat, and Left Eye not only joined the song, but they made it their own with their respective domineering verses. Together, they made the track sound and feel like more of a joint effort, where each artist was a star instead of a featured rapper. And who can forget the equally star-studded video? Queen Latifah, SWV, Xscape, and more made cameos throughout to remind viewers that this was a ladies' night, indeed.

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"WAP" by Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion

Mere months after COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were enforced, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion teamed up for a song that instantly recaptured the bliss of having a fun summertime girls' night out. The duo traded several indelible bars of just how opulent and appetizing their sexual prowess is while the visuals celebrated women empowerment with cameos from artists like Normani, Latto, and Sukihana. "WAP" made history as the first female rap collaboration to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but even that didn't stop the single from facing immense backlash by conservatives who attacked its salacious lyrics. Still, the misogyny-riddled criticism hasn't erased the song's firm reminder that a woman's sexual autonomy reigns supreme.

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"I Wanna Be Down" by Brandy Feat. Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, and MC Lyte

With the release of her eponymous 1994 debut album, Brandy, then 15 years old, proved that she had a voice so masterful and effective it could chart a course for the past and future of R&B. Her dynamic lower register and run selection (which would make any choir leader envious) are what made her debut single, "I Wanna Be Down," so special. To further solidify the shining moment, Brandy recruited Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, and MC Lyte for an all-star remix that proved to be an unforgettable collaboration in the history of hip-hop and R&B. The three rappers seamlessly blended with Brandy's lyrics about a teenage crush to give the single a sexier, more mature sound that continues to remind listeners of each rapper's preeminent lyricism.

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"Sock It 2 Me" by Missy Elliott and Da Brat

Missy Elliott and Da Brat have long been pioneers in changing perceptions of what female rappers can look like. They didn't subscribe to the sweet or raunchy image that some women in early rap were pigeonholed in, although they could certainly be that way whenever they wanted to. While Elliott emerged into the hip-hop scene as a plus-size dark-skinned woman with an avant-garde style ahead of her time, Da Brat rocked a bandana, braids, and loose jerseys to prove that she could be as tough as her male counterparts. On "Sock It 2 Me," both of their styles collided to create a song that was as retro and rugged as it was futuristic.

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"Stilettos [Pumps]" by Crime Mob Feat. Miss Aisha

When the Atlanta group Crime Mob made their foray into crunk music regalia in 2004, they were only teenagers. Their cult classic "Knuck if You Buck" catapulted them into Southern superstardom, but it was the single's B-side that thoroughly showcased the group's secret weapon — its female members, Diamond and Princess. "Stilettos [Pumps]," an anthemic track that affirms women can still get crunk while rocking the fanciest clothes, was the sole Crime Mob song to feature verses from only Diamond and Princess. The pair's chemistry laid the foundation for their career as a duo — and proved that women had a rightful place in Atlanta's male-dominated rap scene.

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"Flawless" by Beyoncé Feat. Nicki Minaj

If Beyoncé wanted to release a successful rap album in the middle of her "Renaissance" World Tour, of course she could. "Flawless" was one of the first songs in which her elite rap delivery was convincing enough for a potential career pivot. Recruiting the help of Nicki Minaj, who paved the way for female rappers to reach mainstream success in the 2010s, was the icing on the cake. Even better is that throughout the song, the pair trade bars about why they're the most powerful artists in music.

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"B*tchy" by Gangsta Boo and La Chat Feat. Mia X

La Chat, Mia X, and the late Gangsta Boo (who died in January of this year) were considered the holy trinity of Southern female rap in the 1990s. So, in 2014, when they joined forces for "B*tchy," it felt as sultry, rowdy, rough, and raunchy as their respective voices sounded when they debuted. "B*tchy" wasn't just a track with legendary female rappers. It was a mantra and affirmation that female rappers from the South weren't going anywhere. It would be just a few years later that new female rappers from the South like Megan Thee Stallion (Houston), Latto (Atlanta), and the City Girls (Miami) would emerge into the hip-hop scene and prove, once again, the potency of Southern female rappers.

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"Savage Remix" by Megan Thee Stallion Feat. Beyoncé

Remember when I said "Flawless" was an example of how Beyoncé can easily make a rap album? "Savage Remix" is yet another example. As Megan Thee Stallion's superstardom began to climb, her Houston roots and skyrocketing popularity made fans yearn for a collaboration with Beyoncé, a fellow Houston native. So when the duo surprised fans in 2020 with "Savage Remix" at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt like an answered prayer, and Beyoncé's sexy bars proved she can blend perfectly with the hot-girl-in-charge's raunchy lines. The following year, the single won two Grammy Awards.

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"Tomorrow 2" by GloRilla and Cardi B

This song is less than a year old, but it deserves to be on this list because it captures the power of collaboration while cementing Cardi B's tantalizing ability to make a song better.
The original version was already stellar, thanks to GloRilla's witty, Southern-laced lines ("Pop-poppin' sh*t, you would think I went to school for chiropractin'"). But adding Cardi B's Instagram-caption-worthy bars has made the song inescapable in the club scene to this day. I mean, if you can't recite Cardi B's verse word by word at this point, are you really having a hot girl summer?