Top 10 Best Female UK Rappers: Female British Hip Hop Artists

There's a lot more desire to see British females rappers in hip-hop today and males are accepting female rappers more because females are allowed to be more than just sexy, they're hard as well. They can bar and flow like the guys and are better than a lot of them, too."

Top 10 Best Female UK Rappers: Female British Hip Hop Artists

Top 10 Best Female UK Rappers at Glance:

  • Ms. Dynamite
  • Little Simz
  • Mz. Bratt
  • Lady Sovereign
  • Estelle
  • Monie Love
  • Alesha Dixon
  • M.I.A.
  • Pauline Bennett
  • Honey G

1. Ms. Dynamite

Ms. Dynamite

  • Born: 26 April 1981
  • Years active: 2000–present
  • Labels: Polydor, Relentless

Ms. Dynamite (originally Lady Dynamite) was first known for her vocals on the UK garage underground track "Booo!", which was regularly played on London pirate radio stations and was later released as a single. While working at the radio station RAW FM, Ms. Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes ("DJ Sticky") at a West End club. Interest grew from all major British labels and eventually she was signed via her management Bigga Beats to Polydor Records, where she met producer Salaam Remi, who cultivated her talent.

She released her debut album, A Little Deeper, in 2002, which featured hit songs "It Takes More" and "Dy-na-mi-tee". In 2003, the album was released in the United States to critical acclaim. In 2002, Dynamite won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, for A Little Deeper. She donated the £20,000 prize to the NSPCC.

2. Little Simz

Little Simz

  • Born: 23 February 1994
  • Years active: 2010–present
  • Label: 101 Music

Simbiatu 'Simbi' Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, better known by her stage name Little Simz, is a British rapper, singer and actress. Following the release of four mixtapes and five EPs, she released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons on 18 September 2015 through her independent label, AGE: 101 Music. The album entered the UK R&B Albums Chart at number 20[2] and the UK Independent Albums Chart at number 43. She released her second studio album Stillness in Wonderland in 2016. Her third studio album Grey Area (2019) was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

3. Mz. Bratt

Mz Bratt

  • Born: 4 November 1988
  • Years active: 2006–present
  • Labels: All Around The World, Atlantic Records, A-List Music, Sony

Mz. Bratt's first single, "Who Do You Think You Are?", was released on All Around the World Productions on 27 July 2009, and received plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. The second single, "I Like You", followed in November, and was also played by Radio 1Xtra. She released her third single, "Selecta", in mid-2010, under A-List Music Ltd, produced by Redlight. She is expected to release her first album at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, in February 2012 alongside the likes of Usher and Nicole Scherzinger.

Mz. Bratt has also appeared on remixes and records with other artists including Wiley, Taio Cruz, Sadie Ama, Dionne Bromfield and Jazmine Sullivan. A remix of Tinchy Stryder's "Game Over" was promoted online in November 2010 under the name "Female Takeover Remix", with the female MCs Ruff Diamondz, Envy, Lioness, Cherri V, Baby Blue, A.Dot, Lady Leshurr, RoXXXan and Mz. Bratt.

4. Lady Sovereign

Lady Sovereign

  • Birth name: Louise Harman
  • Years active: 2001–2010
  • Labels: Casual, Chocolate, Def, Jam, EMI, Midget

Lady Sovereign grew up in Chalkhill Estate, a run-down council estate in Wembley Park, London. In 2010, she said "When I heard Ms. Dynamite's track 'Boooo!' in 2001 it inspired me. I hadn't heard a female MC before that. She's real. Her presence, her image, the way she does everything... she opened so many doors for us girls, MCs are real, they write their own stuff, they rap about what they know, the stuff around them."

Lady Sovereign began uploading some of her songs and a picture to various music web sites when she was 15. She told Newsweek in 2006 that comments initially ran along the lines of, "You're white. You're a girl. You're British. You're crap." Lady Sovereign signed with Universal in 2004. She released a number of solo records and opened for Basement Jaxx, the Streets, Dizzee Rascal, D12 and Obie Trice.

5. Estelle


  • Born: 18 January 1980
  • Years active: 2000–present
  • Labels: Est. 1980 Records, Warner Music, Atlantic, BMG, Woah Dad, VP

Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance. She has experienced mainstream success with the single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West, reaching number 1 in the United Kingdom, and her collaboration with David Guetta in "One Love".

Estelle has released several critically acclaimed records and received a Grammy Award. She has collaborated with artists including John Legend, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, will.i.am, Kanye West and De La Soul. From 2013 to 2020, she voiced the fictional character Garnet in the animated series Steven Universe, Steven Universe: The Movie and Steven Universe Future, providing both the character's speaking voice and singing vocals.

6. Monie Love

Monie Love

  • Born: 2 July 1970
  • Years active: 1987–present
  • Labels: Warner Bros, Cooltempo, Chrysalis, EMI, Tuff Groove

Simone Johnson better known by her stage name Monie Love, is an Grammy–nominated English rapper, actress and radio personality from London, England. Best known for her singles during the late–1980s through the 1990s, Monie Love currently serves as a radio personality for urban adult contemporary station KISS 104.1 WALR-FM in Atlanta, Georgia.

7. Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

  • Born: 7 October 1978
  • Years active: 1999–present
  • Labels: Polydor, Asylum, Atlantic, Victor, Precious Stone

Alesha Anjanette Dixon is an English singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, author, model and television personality. Dixon rose to fame in 2001 as a member of the all-female R&B/garage/rap trio Mis-Teeq. The group disbanded in 2005 and Dixon pursued a music career as a solo artist, signing a recording contract to Polydor Records. She began recording her debut solo studio album, Fired Up, in 2005, releasing her debut single, "Lipstick" and "Knockdown", she was dropped from Polydor. Retaining the rights to her album she released Fired Up in Japan with Lipstick going to number 1.

8. M.I.A.


  • Born: Mathangi Arulpragasam, 18 July 1975
  • Years active: 2000–present
  • Labels: NEET, XL, Mercury, Interscope, Virgin,  EMI, Showbiz, Polydor, Roc Nation

Among M.I.A.'s accolades include two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and nominations for an Academy Award, Brit Award, three Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize; she is the first person of South Asian descent to be nominated for an Academy Award and Grammy Award in the same year. She was named one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its "Best of the Decade" list in December 2009. Time named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009, and Esquire ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. According to Billboard, she was one of the "Top 50 Dance/Electronic Artists of the 2010s". M.I.A. was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for her services to music.

9. Pauline Bennett

Pauline Bennett

  • Born: August 1964
  • Years active: 1982–present
  • Labels: A&M, Arista/BMG

Bennett has taught dance since the age of 11 creating a nightclub performing group at aged 14. Her rap career began with her dance group The Brutal Ladies in 1984 and was the first female hip hop/jazz DJ on a local pirate radio station, playing local clubs until she entered the DMC Rap Championships in 1988 and was spotted by Les Adams a.k.a L.A. Mix. In 1989, she featured on L.A. Mix's UK No. 25 hit "Get Loose", which became a hit after L.A. Mix had been diagnosed by Stock, Aitken and Waterman as being "unlikely to score another hit" after their UK #6 hit "Check This Out". The following year, she had a solo hit with "Feel the Rhythm", which charted at No. 51 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Jazzi rapped on the DNA song "Rebel Woman", which sampled David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" and charted at No. 42 on the same chart.

10. Honey G

Honey G

  • Born: 12 March 1981
  • Years active: 2016–present
  • Labels: SyCo

She performed at The X Factor Final at Wembley Arena as a guest performer where she officially announced that she had signed a record deal with Cowell's record label, Syco Music, and would be releasing her debut single, "The Honey G Show", on 23 December. The single received little promotion and reached number 149 on the UK Singles Chart.


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