Best female rapper: Cardi B or Nicki Minaj?

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Cardi B is the first female rapper to score three #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Bodak Yellow,” “I Like It” and “Girls Like You.” Many artists, including Nicki Minaj, congratulated Cardi when she scored her first #1 in 2017. Since, Cardi and Nicki have been involved in a tumultuous rap beef. While some question if Nicki’s pressed about Cardi, Barbz continue to point out she’s the best-selling female rapper ever and has earned the title Queen of Rap. Who’s the ultimate female rapper? 🎤


“Bodak Yellow” was everyone’s favorite earworm in 2017. This anthem really goes hard. It’s the song you play when you are feeling yourself and wish someone would come for you. Bardi Gang, new fans, and music critics alike praised Cardi for her hardcore flow and gritty rapping style.

Cardi’s rise has inspired people. It’s a true Cinderella story. She went from an abusive relationship to stripping to reality TV stardom to music superstardom in a few short years.

“Bodak Yellow” details all of her struggles and all of her commercial success, declaring “I’m the hottest in the street, know you prolly heard of me.” And it’s true, she is the hottest. Cardi is just the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 own her own, the first time it’s happened since Lauryn Hill with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. Even with all of Nicki’s success, she still hasn’t ever topped the Hot 100.

Below are some notable and explicit lyrics to “Bodak Yellow,” per Genius.

🎶 Said, “Lil bitch, you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to.” These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes. Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose. And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, so don’t get comfortable, look. I don’t dance now, I make money moves. Say I don’t gotta dance, I make money move. If I see you and I don’t speak, that means I don’t fuck with you. I’m a boss, you a worker, bitch, I make bloody moves.🎶


Nicki Minaj rose to prominence in 2010 with her debut album “Pink Friday,” which topped the Billboard 200. It’s been a non-stop success for the femcee ever since. Nicki is regarded as the most successful female rapper of all time, and some would argue she’s the most influential too. Nicki is known for avant-garde style, alter egos, her lyrical wordplay, and her animated flow—especially with British accents and aggressively yelling.

A perfect highlight of Nicki’s wordplay and flow is her verse on Kanye West’s hit “Monster.” Nicki has stolen the show on many features with her bubblegum rapping style. Most recently she scored a moderate hit with Katy Perry on “Swish Swish” in 2017.

Below are some notable and explicit lyrics to her verse on “Monster,” per Genius.

🎶 OK, first things first I’ll eat your brains. Then I’m a start rocking gold teeth and fangs. Cause that’s what a motherfucking monster do. Hair dresser from Milan that’s the monster ‘do. Monster Giuseppe heel, that’s the monster shoe. Young Money is the roster and a monster crew.🎶

Before Cardi topped the Hot 100 in 2017, Nicki was the highest charting solo female rapper of the decade in 2014. “Anaconda” didn’t gain the top spot, but the smash peaked at #2 on the Hot 100. And let’s not forget that Nicki broke Aretha Franklin’s record; Nicki now has more entries on the Hot 100 than any other female artist in history. Cardi deserves to be #1 right now, but she has a long way to go before she reaches Nicki’s success.

Below are some significant and explicit lyrics to “Anaconda,” per Genius.

🎶 Boy toy named Troy used to live in Detroit. Big dope dealer money, he was gettin’ some coins. Was in shootouts with the law, but he live in a palace. Bo-bought me Alexander McQueen, he was keeping me stylish.🎶

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