Since the beginning of rap, female rappers have always been burdened by a stigma. That stigma certainly gets magnified when you’re a white rapper. Still, certain artists have been able to break out of that box to showcase their talents. So lets dive into my list of the best white female rappers you should give a try.
Top White Female Rappers
1. Alyona Alyona
Alyona Alyona is a Ukrainian rapper and songwriter who released her debut album, Pushka, in 2019. Alyona Alyona is considered to be the newest Ukrainian rap star and has become quite popular with her music. She is known for her out-of-the-box humor that she inputs into her music and her hard-hitting sound. Her music style is fast; mainly because she is a quick talker and can use her music to get motivational messages out to the Ukrainian people.
On January 15, 2021, Alyona won the Public Choice Award at Music Moves Europe Talent Awards contest and also participated in the Ukrainian jury for the Eurovision Song Contest. In an interview with Vogue, Alyona Alyona said, “I speak about myself and about people whom I know, who are next to me, normal Ukrainian people and young people.”
My favorite Alyona Alyona song is: Pushka from the album Pushka (2019). I love how even though I do not know a word of Ukrainian, I can still listen to her music and vibe. I love how this song is a tribute to women who have features or characteristics that are not always seen as perfect. It can be colored hair, being overweight, or having tattoos or piercings; these things make us unique and this song tells us why that matters.
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2. Iggy Azalea
Iggy is an Australian rapper who moved to America when she was 16 to follow her dream of being a famous singer and rapper. Iggy finally gained major attention when she was featured in Ariana Grande’s 2014 single, “Problem.” Iggy was introduced into the music scene right around the time that female rappers like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Nicki Minaj were starting to make themselves known to the industry.
For a short time, Iggy Azalea was thought to be one of the top white female rappers in the game. I particularly like how her music sounds like a poppy track and has very upbeat music.
My favorite Iggy Azalea song is: Fancy from the album The New Classic (2014). This is such a catchy song and almost impossible for me to not listen to when it comes on the radio. Back in 2014, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing this song featured on something. I love how this song gives 90s nostalgic vibes and has a poppy instrumental that doesn’t take your focus away from the music.
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Kreayshawn is a female American rapper and singer from Oakland, California. Kreayshawn was a member of the hip-hop group White Girl Mob (WGM) with members V-Nasty, and Lil Debbie. In 2011, Kreayshawn rose to fame for her single, “Gucci Gucci,” which led to her being signed by Columbia Records. Her music influences come from Spice Girls and Missy Elliott, with Missy Elliott being her biggest influence.
Kreayshawn faced some challenges when she was dropped from her label, just days after announcing that she was pregnant. In an interview with Stereogum, Kreayshawn states, “I hated being on the label so much, and getting pregnant was to spite them.”
My favorite Kreayshawn song is: Gucci Gucci (2011). I love how this song is about just being yourself and inventing whom you are without being told who to be. The media is always trying to portray that women need to look, dress, and act a certain way, which is far from true.
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4. K. Flay
K. Flay is an American rapper, singer, musician, and songwriter from Wilmette, Illinois. She began her music career in 2003 and debuted her first album, Life as a Dog, in 2014. K. Flay wanted to rap and write songs because she thought that the music that was playing on the radio at that time was too misogynistic and simplistic.
With many of her influences ranging from Missy Elliott, Jeremih, Cat Power, and Lauryn Hill, it’s no wonder K. Flay has a genre-defying sound. If you are into very versatile music that doesn’t sound like the same song rewashed over and over again, K. Flay is worth a listen.
My favorite K. Flay song is: High Enough from the album, Every Where Is Some Where (2017). I absolutely love this song with a passion and it was only a few months ago that I discovered it by accident when I was listening to songs on YouTube. There is something hypnotic about the instrumentals and the lyrics are insanely good. The gritty guitars remind me loosely of the grunge scene from the late 90s and I instantly loved this song for that.
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Kesha, most often spelled Ke$ha, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and actress from Los Angeles, California. When she was just 18, she had a record label named Kemosabe Records and later gained fame with her 2009 collaboration with Flo Rida titled, “Right Round.” Kesha has had many hit singles reach the top-ten spots for the US Billboard 100. Though Kesha does have some great songs, some of her best works are collaborations she does with other artists.
Many fans love her for her combination of EDM and hip-hop sound and how her voice sounds high but at the same time raspy. Due to a legal issue originating in 2014 with her former producer Dr. Luke, she has not been releasing music. Until the legal issue has been settled, she has been keeping herself busy with her beauty line called Kesha Rose, her podcast titled Kesha and the Creepies, and her TV series Conjuring Kesha.
My favorite Kesha song is: Tik Tok from the album Animal (2009). Kesha’s “Tik Tok” was literally ahead of its time. Had this song been released in 2023, it would be an instant hit. I love how the song has more of a pop feel to it, but at times you can feel more of a hip-hop sound. This may be my favorite song of hers due to the nostalgia it brings me when I listen to it. The classic late 2000s autotune is also something that I really miss hearing in songs that are being made today.
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6. Lil Debbie
Lil Debbie is best known for being an American rapper, fashion designer, and model. Lil Debbie is from Albany, California, and started her music career in 2011 when she joined The White Girl Mob, with Kreayshawn and V-Nasty. Her time with WGM was short-lived and in 2012, she started a solo career. Her vocal talents are eerily similar to Iggy Azalea, but she does more rapping and rap about partying.
One thing that cannot be disputed about Lil Debbie is her stage presence. Many fans love her for her musical mix of trap and EDM-infused beats. In an interview with The Post And Courier, Lil Debbie talked about her style, “You look at all the Bay Area rappers that are out right now- E-40, Too Short, G-Eazy- none of them are alike. My flow is unlike any other female’s flow right now.”
My favorite Lil Debbie song is: Break It Down from the album Homegrown (2015). One of the best things this song has going for it is the poppy beat and vocals. There are a lot of people who do not like this song due to how similar it sounds to Iggy Azalea and her music style but I personally think this is genuine Lil Debbie. This is a smoking song, so if you like that type of music, it would be worth a listen.
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7. Bhad Bhabie
Bhad Bhabie, also known as Danielle Bregoli from her famous appearance on Dr.Phil, is an American rapper and internet personality from Boynton Beach, Florida. She rose to fame in 2016 when her episode of Dr. Phil went viral after her catchphrase, “cash me ousside, how bout dah.”
In 2017, she released her single “These Heaux” and became the youngest female rapper to ever get on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed her a record deal with Atlantic records. This record deal led to her expanding into the makeup industry and reality TV.
My favorite Bhad Bhabie song is: Gucci Flip Flops from the album 15 (2018). The way that Bhad Bhabie caught the beat in the first verse instantly drew me into this song. I really like the retro makeover they gave her for the music video and how the song is her talking about her designer clothing. I usually do not like rap songs where they just brag about all the expensive things they have, but I really do like this song with the simplistic lyrics and the beat.
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8. Chanel West Coast
Chanel West Coast is an American rapper, singer, and TV personality from Los Angeles, California. She is probably more well known for her time on Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. She was introduced to music at a young age due to her father, Jamie Dudley, being a DJ in New York City and taking her to nightclubs when she was a child.
By the time she was 14, she was rapping and cited Tupac Shakur as her biggest musical influence. In 2009, she officially started her music career and recorded her first song, “Melting LikeIcecream.” In 2011, she signed on with Polow Da Don’s record label Zone 4.
My favorite Chanel West Coast song is: Karl from the album Now You Know (2013). Chanel’s song, “Karl” really shows her drive and ambition as an artist. This is one of my favorite songs from her and I love how her voice compliments the instrumentals and doesn’t take away from how good the song actually is. The lyrics are easy to follow along with and the same concept is throughout the whole song, so there is no bouncing around all over the place.
Dessa is an American rapper, singer, and writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dessa is best known for being a member of the indie hip-hop group Doomtree. One of the best things about her is her unique sound and raw aesthetics that her music has. Dessa released her debut album, False Hopes, in 2005.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune listed the album as one of the top local albums and further boosted Dessa’s career. She has a style and sounds to her that is unlike anyone else and is what makes her music something that cannot be copied. Aside from her music career, Dessa has a huge passion for writing and poetry.
My favorite Dessa song is: Call Off Your Ghost from the album Parts of Speech (2013). This song is not only my favorite Dessa song, but it’s also the first song of hers that I had heard. I love how it’s not your typical hip-hop song about money, cars, drugs, and women. This is a song about romance and it is able to capture the end of a relationship for two people who learn they do not work out.
10. Kellee Maize
Kellee Maize is an American rapper, songwriter, and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2007, she began her career and released her debut album, Age of Feminine, which had traditional hip-hop beats. In total, Kellee Maize has released six albums and numerous singles.
She has a beautiful blend of her own rap style and it’s what helps her stand out from others. In her music, she talks about feminism, spirituality, social issues, and sometimes even political issues. Her topics are somewhat uncommon for the hip-hop genre, but she makes it work.
My favorite Kellee Maize song is: Peaceburgh from the album Owl Time (2012). From the very beginning, “Peaceburgh” is a phenomenal song and has a great music video. I feel this song is a strong representation of whom Kellee is as an artist and her talent for blending different musical styles. The intellectual approach that she takes through her lyrics is fantastic and what helps make it so great.
Ashnikko is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Oak Ridge, North Carolina. She gained media attention with her 2019 single, “Stupid” which featured (Yung) Baby Tate and went viral on TikTok. Ashnikko released her debut mixtape, Demidevil, in early 2021 which led to her releasing other singles like “Slumber Party,” and “Daisy.” Ashnikko is known for her unique music which combines multiple styles like metal with rap/ hip-hop.
My favorite Ashnikko song is: Daisy (2020). Out of all of the songs on this list, I think “Daisy” is the most creative and unique. There is just something about her voice and music that is perfect and the song’s chorus is extremely catchy.
Invincible is an American- Israeli rapper that was born in Champaign, Illinois. They identify as gender-nonconforming and use their music to show support for the Palestinian people. In 2008, they released their debut album, ShapeShifters, and started to gain a large fanbase.
Invincible’s music has themes of social justice that they use their music to shine a light on. Invincible also has an incredible flow and hints of the late 90s and early 2000s style. If you’re seeking white female rappers from the 2000s, why don’t you give Invincible a spin?
My favorite Invincible song is: Sledgehammer! from the album ShapeShifters (2008). As a huge fan of Linkin Park, I love how the beginning of this song sounds similar to the instrumentals that many Linkin Park songs start with. This song does not disappoint and her style in this song is similar to Elizhi.
13. Justina Valentine
Justina Valentine is an American rapper, singer, and TV host from Passaic County, New Jersey. Some of her most famous singles are, “Unbelievable,” “All The Way,” and “Candy Land.” She is probably best known for being on the improv comedy show Wild ‘N Out, which she joined in 2016 and is still on.
On TikTok, Justina Valentine is the second most-liked female rapper, coming just after Lizzo. Justina has a lot of talent and even uses her spotlight to help empower women to not be so hard on themselves and that they can accomplish anything they try.
My favorite Justina Valentine song is: Love You Better from the album Infrared (2020). This song shows exactly how talented Justina is and how crazy her bars are. In this song, her voice is very smooth and refreshing and had total 90s vibes all in it. For a rap song, this is softer and calmer and something that you can listen to and relax.
14. Tairrie B
Tairrie B is an American rapper and singer from Anaheim, California. Tairrie started her music career when she became a part of the female dance group, Bardeux. After leaving the group, she was taken under Eazy-E’s wings and signed to Ruthless Records, which led to her releasing her first album, Power of a Woman. For many, Tairrie B is the first white female rapper they can remember; especially since she started her career in 1986.
For a while, Tairrie left the rap scene and formed the alternative metal band,My Ruin, which ran from 1999-2014. It was in 2015 that she returned back to the rap scene with her album, Vintage Curses. If you’re looking for old school white female rappers, definitely give Tairrie B a listen.
My favorite Tairrie B song is: Murder She Wrote from the album Power of a Woman (1990).
15. Whitney Peyton
Whitney Peyton is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since she grew up in Philadelphia, some of her influences were Will Smith, P!nk, and Eve. In 2017, she was the first solo hip-hop artist to sign with Tragic Hero Records. Whitney’s music can be described as getting the full package.
The intensity of her flow comes off as real, you can tell she had a hand in the writing of her music. I also love how she has some very well-timed parts of humor thrown in and it gives her music more of an authentic vibe.
My favorite Whitney Peyton song is: Sorry That I’m Not Sorry (2012). Whitney Peyton’s “Sorry That I’m Not Sorry” is the best example of what she has to offer. Not only can she rap, but it sounds really good and it doesn’t sound forced. The lyrics in this song are great and I absolutely love the hooks and her punchlines.
This article was written by Jesse and edited by Michael.