missy elliot...WHEN known as missy misdemeanour..., used to be really just sick lyrically. If any of you have the ability to download anything.., download a track entitled "3 THE HARD WAY." Missy, I'm sure is on that track with the famous Bahamadia..and another "fem"cee. She was nasty back then, that early to mid 90s era was iLL....she spit nothin but raw lyricism., even known to a be a battlecat at times as well. These days, she maintains her originality.., gives shoutouts to pioneers of hiphop, and is definitely creative.., the only thing that is lacking on her behalf..is that..like most artists on the mainstream side of things today...her lyrics are kind of watered down.
female emcees that have to be recognized:
Bahamadia <---come on yall!
LAURYN HILL *hands down, possibly the most versatile, talented, and has some of the sickest lyrics..regardless of sex, and is EXTREMELY CONSISTENT!!*
Njeri (did a couple tracks with the WU Tang, check GZA's album "BENEATH THE SURFACE, the track is called 1112...one of the illest tracks ever..and she finishes it off).
DA BRAT - one of the SICKEST when she's not playin around, peep Missy's 1st solo album...her collab with Da Brat..OMG...insanity. Seriously, it sounds crazy..but when she's not bs'n...lyrically she can deal rawizm.
Missy Elliot -- when she's not playin around..
the Real Roxanne
Lady of Rage --and yeah, she's originally from VA., not the West Coast
Lady Bug (from Digable Planets) ...slick..
The Gypsies (3 of em, verbally insane)
Floetry (in doubt of the madIzM...peep..POSSIBILITIES)
Rah Diggah (when she is with the other rap click, PhaRaoH Monche, Mos Def, and the rest of em...on that underground ish, she kills it everytime)
Ms Marvel (she collabs with Jeru the Damaja often...ill delivery, sick content, versatile)
MC Lyte (when she chooses to be serious)
Mari Cheri aka Dez (if u ever get out to philly, she's a must peep, has done shows for undergroundhiphop.com, collabed with some ill catz...aceyalone and bahamadia)
Xeaja (if u ever get out to NY, hehe..she's part of my group, and personally..I'd PAY money to see her and Lauryn Hill battle..., she has been signed before for singing with Arista records...she can blow, and she can spit...without being biased, she could possibly take out 2/3rds of the people on this list and any list we could come up with).
and that's all I can think of right now, and i didn't want to mention like female emcee pioneers yet..., im just addressin some real skill.
Narmer the 7th SuN