Billboard has named Nicki Minaj the best female rapper of all time

Written by on 9 February, 2023

The roll-out of Billboard/Vibe’s Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time continues with this week’s reveal of their top 10 rappers. Nicki Minaj is obviously on the list and she is the only woman to appear in the top ten of their ‘Greatest Rappers of All Time’ list.

Nicki Minaj is an award-winning rapper, singer, and songwriter who has made a massive impact on the music industry. She has been in the game for over a decade now, and her talent and hard work have earned her a place among the greatest rappers of all time.

Trinidad and Tobago born and raised in New York City. She first gained recognition with her mixtapes, which showcased her unique style and lyrical prowess. Her debut album, “Pink Friday,” was released in 2010, and it was a huge commercial success, reaching the top of the charts and earning critical acclaim. Over the years, Nicki Minaj has released several successful albums, including “The Pinkprint” and “Queen,” which have cemented her place as one of the greatest rappers in the game.

The soft-spoken, pink-haired Harajuku Barbie to the volatile Roman Zolanski with the British cockney accent. She’s undeniably blazed the trail for the next generation of female MCs, while at the same time, building a legacy whose impact is hardly limited to the hip-hop world: Nicki is one of only a dozen artists to have more than 100 Billboard Hot 100 entries, and earned the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2022 for her provocative music videos.

In determining these rankings, the Billboard and Vibe editorial teams opted first to limit the rap arena to North America. They also opted not to include the significant contributions of reggae and dance-hall MCs on this list, just to keep their pool of nominees a little more focused.

From there, the teams considered the following criteria, not in any order: body of work/achievements (charted singles/albums, gold/platinum certifications), cultural impact/influence (how the artist’s work fostered the genre’s evolution), longevity (years at the mic), lyrics (storytelling skills) and flow (vocal prowess).


The list goes like this:

In an interview with The Guardian, the rapper said;

I am doing everything the boys can – plus more…

Nicki Minaj is not simply the hottest name in rap, she’s a multifaceted artist who’ll win women a place at the heart of hip-hop, period.

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