Nicki Minaj Is The Latest In A Long Line Of Female MCs To Attack The Charts

By Erika Ramirez

Clap for her!

Nicki Minaj has much to celebrate. Barbie’s Pink Friday will finally hit the #1 slot on the Billboard charts. Next week Nicki Minaj’s first studio album, Pink Friday, will climb to the #2 slot on the Billboard 200 chart after moving 45,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 18% increase in sales also pushes Pink Friday over the 1 million mark — selling a total of 1,035,000 copies total since it was released on Nov. 22nd.

In celebration of Nicki Minaj’s success, RapFix dug into the Billboard crates to present to you six female rappers who’ve created a dent on the charts.

Lil Kim

Minaj’s recent nemesis’ “Magic Stick” peaked to #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart. Lil Kim’s second studio album, The Notorious Kim (2000) peaked at no. 4 on Billboard 200.

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott’s albums The Cookbook (2005) and Miss E… So Addictive (2001) peaked at the #2 slot on the Billboard 200 chart.


On October2, 2009, Eve debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 with her Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryder’s First Lady (1999). Similar to Nicki Minaj, Eve’s first album peaked at no.

Foxy Brown

Brooklyn’s don diva, Foxy Brown, peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her second studio album, Chyna Doll.

Lauryn Hill

Ms. Hill’s critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-hop album chart on September 12, 1998. Ms. Hill moved 423,000 copies of the now classic album in the first week.


Trina’s fourth studio album, Still Da Baddest (2008) held the #6 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2010.

Which female rapper’s career have you followed since the beginning? Tweet to us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below?