From conscious to downright raunchy, female rappers have spat bars just as infamous and hard as their male counterparts. But they don’t always get the respect they deserve. Compiling a list of best verses ever spit by female rappers is no easy task. I reached out to my twitter followers to give me some of their favorite verses. I was met with 70+ different responses not named “Monster”. Since the 70’s, there have been a host of verses that are in contention for the “best” verse—but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top 15 verses that have given male emcees a run for their money. Please note this is not a list of best female emcees. This list of “best” verses takes into consideration: overall impact on the individual’s career, delivery, writing, replay value, and impact on the track.
- Ready or Not—Lauryn Hill
Honestly, you can insert any track from the Grammy award winning album ‘The Score’ at number one. Lauryn Hill easily outshined both Wyclef and Pras effortlessly.
- Monster—Nicki Minaj
A unanimous washing on the list. Nicki’s ability to switch flows while lyrically murdering the greats Kanye, Rick Ross and Hov is what brings her in at number 2. This was the number one response to my twitter poll.
“You could be the King but watch the Queen conquer
OK first things first I’ll eat your brains
Then I’mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs
‘Cause that’s what a motherfucking monster do
Hairdresser from Milan, that’s the monster do
Monster Giuseppe heel that’s the monster shoe”
- Quiet Storm—Lil Kim
Teaming up with some of Queenbridge’s finest, Havoc and Prodigy aka Mobb Deep, Lil Kim was able to take the track to another dimension. While paying homage to the legend MC Lyte, Kim also got a chance to take shots at rival Foxy Brown.
“The U-N-O competitor, I’m ten steps ahead of ya
I’m a leader, y’all on some followin shit
Comin in this game on some modelin shit
Bitches suck cock just to get to the top
I put a hundred percent, in every line I drop”
- Bang Bang– Foxy Brown
Foxy had a lot on her chest and took her time on Capone-N-Noreaga’s track to get them off. Clapping back at rival Lil Kim, is what took this track to next level.
“And ya’ll hoes is like “Fuck Fox,” well screw ya’ll too
Let’s be truthful, give a fuck if your album pushed back
Or when it hit the streets, bitch, you’re still weak
You still sound lame and my name still reign
I still pop them thing things, and bang bang, bitch, rep for ya hood”
- All About the Benjamins—Lil Kim
This is clearly Lil Kim’s song, had the producer not been alllll up in the videos (shout out to Suge Knight) you would think this. This verse was very high up on my list initially but outshining Diddy is not too hard to do and after a couple of replays of Quiet Storm it was clearly the better verse. But all of this does not take away the fact that Kim washed Diddy, the Lox and the love of her life, Biggie. The last two bars though!
- Ante Up– Remy Ma
My first introduction to Remy Ma, this verse man! It’s something serious, outside of the chorus, it’s easily the most notable verse on the track.
“I catch you backstage, give me the keys to the Escalade
You think you cute hoe? Take off them Gucci shades
I get my dogs to do you dirty, they all seven-thirty
Rock a ski-mask, whether it’s June or February”
- Hot Boyz— Eve
The pit bull in a skirt hooked up with hip-hop vets Q-Tip and Nas on Missy Elliot’s hit, “Hot Boyz”. It’s her dominant delivery and sultry rhymes that helped her make the list. An underrated verse in hip-hop, but well respected on my list.
“Gangsta, true to your gang, street master
You the one I need when there’s beef, street blaster
Ain’t afraid to stop a cat, plus pop a cat, huh
Soldier, cash money, rule your world
What’s topping that?”
- I Shot Ya—Foxy Brown
At only the age of 16, Foxy got on this track delivering some of the hardest bars of the 90’s. With such confidence and a natural flow Foxy was able to go toe to toe with heavyweight Keith Murray, Fat Joe and Prodigy. The verse was so fire, LL Cool J even through a jab at her following the verse.
“I gets down fuckin’ with Brown Fox extra keys to the drop
Boo, I’m Jingling Baby
I got crazy Dominicans who pay me to lay low, I play slow
Roll with The Firm, Mafiaso crime king pin
It all real nigga, what the deal?
I shot ya”
- Bia Bia’– Chyna Whyte
Another underrated rap verse, Chyna Whyte easily washed every artist on Lil Jon’s hit. Her rugged delivery and word play kept her in my top 10.
“Chyna Whyte don’t suck no dicks or lick no nuts
Bitch I hit licks and flip bricks
Every two hours switch whips to keep the peoples off me
What you know about that No-Doz and coffee”
- Symphony 2000–Lady Luck
Lady Luck’s verse is probably the shortest on the list but that doesn’t take away her ability to go head to head with legends EMPD, Method Man, & Redman. This was suggested by a twitter user, I took one listen and knew it was going to make the list.
“It’s written, we in the game but ball different
Point game like Jordan, y’all play the role of Pippen
Style switchin, like tight ass after stickin”
- Do What I Feel–Lady of Rage
The only female on Death Row alongside 2pac, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre it should be no surprise that she made the list. Her verse on label mate Tha Dogg Pound’s “Do What I Feel” brought some needed West Coast flavor to my list. Her wordplay and delivery are well appreciated.
- We Gonna Make It (Remix)—Eve
Don’t no corny shit come out of Philly! Eve put her signature style on Jadakiss’ hit “We Gonna Make It”.
“How many times I gotta tell you, silly?
Don’t no corny shit come outta Philly
And I’mma push it ’til the world feel me
I’m still as hungry as the day I began
And gettin comfortable to let you in ain’t part of the plan”
- Make Em Say Uhh— Mia X
Forget the baby boys, it’s the biggest mama Mia! Mia X the first lady of No Limit Records solidified her position on my list after crushing everyone but Mystikal. An underrated verse that I hope the masses go back to visit.
“Want some mo? Then let’s go, stretch you out like elastic
Zip that ass up in plastic, have ya folks pickin caskets
We drastic, our tactics is homegrown in the ghetto
So feel the wrath of this sista, it’s like you fightin 10 niggas”
- Nann Nigga—Trina
Our first introduction to Katrina Laverne Taylor, and what an intro it was! This is clearly Trina’s song and will forever be. Drop this in any setting and watch all the ladies go bar for bar.
“You don’t know nann ho uh-uh
Don’ been the places I been
Who can spend the grands that I spend
Fuck bout 5 or 6 best friends
And you don’t know nann ho uh-uh
That’s off the chain like me
That’ll floss the thang like me
Ole’ lil awful thang like me”
- Knuck if You Buck—Diamond & Princess
The song that will shut any party down. Diamond and Princess were able to deliver verses so flawlessly that not only did they outshine their male counterparts but these verses will have the most brolic of men reciting them.
- Get Money- Lil Kim
- Complexion- Rapsody
There were a ton of options before I narrowed my list down. My followers really showed out with some of their responses. I got great material to use for later and some songs have been playing in my whip since they were mentioned to me. Don’t agree with my list? Think I’m missing a song or two? Want to tell me your top 15? Hit me up on Twitter. (@its_tribblez)