Hip hop, as a genre, has long been characterized by its profound ability to articulate the lived experience of its creators. When executed with authenticity and craft, it’s a platform where narratives are spun, issues are confronted, and power is reclaimed. From the grimy New York boroughs to the pulsating streets of London, the undercurrents mirror one another. Yet, within the UK context, a distinct grittiness presides, a raw magnetism that’s evident in the tracks like “Bow Down” and “Hood B*tch”, reverberating with relentless vigour.
It’s imperative to spotlight the narratives of UK’s female rappers, who, despite being typically outnumbered in a predominantly alpha-male genre, counter this imbalance with their unapologetic fierceness and formidable wordplay. Their skillful delivery is marked by unfiltered exploration of their realities, effortlessly flipping the script on gender archetypes. Freestylin’ tracks feature here as they embody the spirit of relentless grit, brazen confidence, and an inherent knack for compelling storytelling.
Yet, these tracks don’t exist solely to flex lyrical prowess. They embody a dialogue with the society, a critical commentary of the world they navigate, as seen in tracks like “No Drama” and “Novikov”. The legacy isn’t merely about heavy bars over dope beats; it’s cultivating a culture, sparking dialogue, inspiring aspiring lyricists. From the high-octane energy of “Workmode” to the emotive poignancy of “Could It Be”, this is a testament to the dynamic spectrum of UK’s female rap. So let’s get into it. From “Bow Down” to “Dip”, here are the Top 50 UK Female Rap Songs of All Time: Ranked from Worst to Best.
50. No Drama – Lavida Loca
Lavida Loca represents a shift from the traditional drill sound, showcasing how flexible UK female artists can be. The beat is a softer reggae-tinged moment that’s a perfect backdrop for Loca’s flow. Harsh reality weaves with an ‘easy come, easy go’ attitude in her lyrics, creating a vivid depiction of street life. While the track doesn’t hit with the brute force of some of her compatriots, it’s a refreshing demonstration of balance and versatility. However, it may lack the punch needed to leave a lasting mark in the ever-evolving UK rap scene. “No Drama” might not be her magnum opus, but it sure shows Lavida Loca ain’t playing, she’s here to stay.
49. Novikov – Ms Banks
Ms Banks ain’t one to hold back, and on “Novikov”, she brings it full throttle. The track, named after the upscale London restaurant, shows Banks’s mastery at narrating her rags-to-riches ride in the game, and her hunger for even more. On the lyrical front, Banks is in a league of her own, spitting bars with a ferocity that’s hard to match. But there’s no denying that the braggadocio-heavy lyrics don’t always hit the mark, sometimes tripping into clichés cracked by countless MCs before her. Nonetheless, the catchy beat and Banks’s steady flow makes “Novikov” a must-listen, even if it’s not her best work. It may be planted at the bottom of this list, but don’t get it twisted. It’s more a testament to the strength of UK’s female rap scene rather than any shade at Ms Banks.
48. Workmode – Miss Lafamilia
When it comes to grindin’, ain’t nobody do it like Miss Lafamilia on “Workmode”. She ushers in a fresh era of UK rap with a nimble flow that packs a punch over heavy 808s. This Birmingham-raised artist ain’t just about flexin’ with punchlines, she’s serving up a dose of reality, letting everyone know she ain’t about the small talk, but putting in the work. This track boasts genuine lyricism layered over a gritty beat that mirrors the hustle it takes to make it in the game. It’s no wonder “Workmode” cemented Miss Lafamilia as one of the UK female artists to watch. She’s got the bars, she’s got the nerve, and most importantly, she’s got the work ethic.
47. Hood B*tch – Ms Banks
Ms. Banks stands as a testament to the sheer force of her lyrical prowess. Released back in 2019, this absolute banger had the scene on lock with its gritty instrumental and Banks’ equally gritty bars. Banks ain’t afraid to rep her ends and stand up for herself, marking her territory in an industry often dominated by men. In “Hood B*tch”, tackling hood politics, gender dynamics, and keeping it real, were never so catchy. Notably, her seamless flow and hard-hitting lyrics make the difference here. The track might not be top-tier in this list, but don’t get it twisted, it’s a foundation in UK female rap, laying down the law on what’s about to come.
46. Teezandos HB Freestyle (Season 2) – Hardest Bars
A raw presentation of Hardest Bars that spotlighted Teezandos’ undeniable talent. Her fervour on the mic is palpable, her lyrics reminiscent of the gritty London streets she grew up in. This track is an unadulterated, unapologetic testament to Teezandos’ potential and potency in the UK rap scene. However, it does lack the complexity and lyrical sophistication that we see in the upper echelons of our ranking. Still, Teezandos’ ruthless delivery and confident swagger hint at a promising career – she may just need a bit more seasoning to truly dominate the game. Her HB Freestyle is a must-hear for any true heads out there, don’t sleep on it!
45. might bang, might not – Little Simz
Sitting comfortably in the upper echelons. Simz, a fierce emcee with a unique panache, delivers cutting-edge bars layered with introspective lyricism. The track, dripping in swagger, pulsates with a throbbing bassline that bolsters her deft wordplay and audacious attitude. What sets this track apart is its unapologetic Britishness; Simz flaunts her London twang, which bolts from the trap-influenced production like a javelin. It’s not just a rap song, it’s a London rap song, a testament to the city’s ever-bubbling scene. In the grand tapestry of UK Hip Hop, Simz has weaved a piece that is undeniably and unforgettably her own.
44. This One – Queenie
This spitfire lyricist came hard with an unparalleled flow over grimy beats, constructing a narrative of self-affirmation that’s relatable to any female striving in the hip hop scene. Queenie ain’t shy about expressing herself, openly engaging with her experiences of facing down challenges in the game. The track’s got an ill beat that holds it down while Queenie delivers bars reflective of the resilience embedded in her journey. A little raw, a bit confrontational, but ultimately empowering – “This One” ain’t for the faint-hearted. It wields its sharp edges as a badge of honour, encapsulating Queenie’s journey and her refusal to be boxed in. A genuine ode to the essence of UK grime, fam.
43. Could It Be – Ms Banks
Absolute gem in the UK female rap scene. With the slick prowess of a seasoned lyricist, Ms Banks fires impeccable bars over a beatsmith’s dream – a sampled flip of Craig David’s “7 Days”. She ain’t just shootin’ from the hip, she serves a soulfood platter of lyrical depth, gifting us a window into her life experiences. With smooth transitions of cadence, it’s like watching a point guard switch play – it’s seamless, yo. The song is a stark reminder of her hustle, a tell-tale testament to her craft holding weight like a 100lb punch bag. If Ms Banks’ insurmountable talent in “Could It Be” is an omen of things to come, the Queen’s reign is only just beginning. Respect.
42. Dead Body – Little Simz
Shaking the foundations with its bass-heavy beats and fierce lyrics, “Dead Body” by Little Simz represents a critical point in UK female rap. Little Simz pulls no punches as she spits bars about the harsh realities of life, unapologetically confident and confrontational. However, while her lyricism is commendable, the track falls short musically, rendering it rather one-note, and landing it at the bottom of this list. Despite this, one cannot deny how pivotal “Dead Body” has been for Little Simz, creating a platform for her to express her undeniable skills and setting the stage for better compositions in the future.
41. G’s Dem – Ms Banks
50. “G’s Dem” – Ms. Banks: Standing strong at the outset of our list is South London MC, Ms. Banks. In “G’s Dem”, she comes through with a raw energy and formidable flow set against a dark, grime-infused beat – a demonstration of UK rap at some of its purest. Banks’ gritty bars and distinct London twang mark her as a true product of the city’s streets and her authenticity is one of her greatest strengths. However, even though she brings that fire, her lyricism on this particular track doesn’t quite hit the mark for us and the production feels a touch mundane. Despite the potential, “G’s Dem” doesn’t fully showcase Banks’ lyric prowess, hence its position on the list.
40. No Snack – Lavida Loca
Straight staggers through the block with a menacing strut. Lavida dropped bars and bombs on this one, reminding man dem that she’s no snack, she’s the whole damn meal. She takes an uncompromising stance, flipping the script on traditional gender roles in hip hop, reminding her listeners that she’s not just a side piece or an accessory. This tune’s got that classic grime edge with a sprinkle of dancehall vibe. It ain’t flawless though — suffers a bit from placing punchlines over substance, but Lavida’s commanding presence and raw spitting style keep it solid. A dope track, but not quite the cream of the crop.
39. Shaybo HB Freestyle – Hardest Bars
A masterclass in lyrical dexterity, Shaybo drops bars filled with London slang, energy, and stories from her past. Understand this, Shaybo ain’t just flowing, she’s dropping knowledge about the streets and the struggle. She articulates her experiences so vividly, you can’t help but step into her world. The depth in her content is a testament to her prowess as not just a rapper, but as a storyteller. Her flow is second to none and her metaphors hit the mark every time – a perfect blend of hard truths and London street culture.
38. Lavida Loca HB Freestyle (Season 2) – Hardest Bars
Lavida Loca’s showing freestyle was a blistering display of her lyrical wit and versatility, commanding the beat like a five-star general. She spits flammable bars, her aggressive cadence demonstrating why she’s a force to reckon with in the UK female rap scene. Loca presents herself as a product of the streets, spinning tales of hardship and perseverance with her rugged vernacular. While she may not possess the commercial appeal of artists like Stefflon Don or Ms Banks, she holds her own, providing an alternative narrative that is as raw and real as the estate blocks from which she hails. However, the song lacks a bit in terms of musicality, being heavily reliant on its freestyle structure, hence its place on this list. But the lyrical prowess? Undeniably top-tier.
37. Miss LaFamilia HB Freestyle (Season 2) – Hardest Bars
Turn up your speakers, ’cause we’re talking Miss LaFamilia’s freestylin’, keeping the wordplay sharp and the flow tighter than a dread’s knot pattern. She kicked open the doors to the UK rap landscape with her relentless delivery and ironclad street cred, making her one of the most respected femcees on the scene. What set this joint apart was its raw energy and hardcore vibe, Miss laFamilia spitting venomous bars that had the mandem and gyaldem equal parts shook and inspired. Yet, it may lack the lyrical depth compared to others on this list. It’s an undeniable banger, and LaFamilia’s spitfire technique warrants big respect. However, in terms of UK female rap greatness, it’s rated 34th on this list. But hey, she’s running laps around a lot, don’t get it twisted.
36. Snack (feat. Kida Kudz) – Ms Banks
Ms Banks linked up with Nigerian-born, UK-based rapper Kida Kudz to create this infectious banger. Eyes wide, fam, this tune is a feast of afro-bashment flavours that will get your head nodding. Banks’ bars are razor sharp and she unapologetically owns her sexuality with a confidence that’s refreshing to see in the often male-dominated UK scene. Kida Kudz’s catchy hooks show why he’s been on the rise in the UK rap scene. But real talk, it’s Banks who takes the biscuit here. “Snack” is a vibey anthem with a baseline that gonna have you bobbing like a buoy. This joint is a bop, no cap.
35. 2nd Warning (Freestyle) – Brixx
Brixx showed the UK rap scene that she’s got the wits and rhymes to go toe-to-toe with anyone. This joint right here is pure lyrical braggadocio, Brixx serving up punchlines and wordplay with ease. The raw energy in her voice? It’s like a straight jab to the gut. But what really sets this track apart is its unpolished and fierce spirit – no fancy production, no bells and whistles, just Brixx and her rhymes. ‘Cause in this game, it’s the bars that make a real MC, not the flash. While it ain’t at the top of the list, “2nd Warning (Freestyle)” is a testament to Brixx’s undeniable talent and potential. This ain’t no one-hit wonder, trust me on that.
34. Venom – Little Simz
Like she had a score to settle with the whole beat. Proof that UK female MCs can spit bars laced with lyrical venom, this track is pure fire, with Simz attacking the gritty production like she’s gunning for the throne. No doubt, she’s got the lyrical prowess to back it up, but sometimes, the track’s raw aggression can seem overdone. Regardless, “Venom” remains a staple in UK female hip hop, a track spitting out rhymes that drip with the venom of a world-weary soul hell-bent on breakthrough. Although it’s ranked low on the list, don’t sleep on this track—the UK scene wouldn’t be the same without it.
33. No Silence – Lady Ice
Lady Ice doesn’t just hold the mic, it drops it, a bold statement of intent, with Lady Ice spitting fire over a stripped-down beat. It’s hard not to see this as a reaction against the male-dominated UK hip hop scene – she certainly doesn’t pull any punches in this track. It’s refreshing in its unapologetic stance, proving that Lady Ice’s name is beginning to hold weight. However, the track sometimes leans too much into its raucousness at the expense of refinement, which may not sit well with those who appreciate nuance in lyrical delivery. Regardless, the punchiness of “No Silence” is a reminder of Lady Ice’s potential to shake things up.
32. Redrum – Nolay
“Redrum” by Nolay is one dope cut not to be ignored. It’s a gritty and intense anthem that represents the raw and unapologetic nature of Nolay’s artistry. She switches up her flow like a veteran player, dishing out punchlines that hit harder than a Tyson right-hook. The track taps into the darker aesthetic of UK rap, reminiscent of the grime era, but with a fresh and modern flair. The beat is garish; the lyrics, ruthless – it’s a stark reminder that when push comes to shove, she ain’t a female rapper to be messed with. Her audacious bars echo the undercurrents of UK’s socio-political climate, making “Redrum” not just a standout in Nolay’s discography, but a significant contribution to the UK hip hop scene. No one’s snoring on Nolay – and if they are, they best wake up real quick.
31. Lockdown – Lady Leshurr
Now, Leshurr on a track is always sure to bring that fire and this one ain’t different. “Lockdown” came out when we were all stuck at home in quarantine and it captured the universal frustration perfectly. Enfused with that classic Lady Leshurr sauce – you know, her quickfire flow, clever bars, and that unflappable swagger – this track is a banger to the T. Yet, it could have done better on the production front. It’s solid, but we’ve heard Leshurr on fiya beats that truly let her bars shine, feel me? Despite all, it’s an anthem for the ages, reminding us how we vibed during a strange time.
30. Xox – Lioness
No doubt, Lioness is a fierce name in the UK female rap scene. A true embodiment of her moniker, she roars on the track “Xox,” solidifying her presence with lyrical dexterity that’s nothing to play with. This record is a raw demonstration of her storytelling finesse, as she crafts a narrative that’s both personal and relatable. Not your cookie-cutter bop, “Xox” breaks barriers by blending a multitude of hip hop subgenres, illustrating the dynamism of UK’s hip hop sound. While it might not be number one on this list, the power loaded in this track is undeniable. Lioness might juxtapose the delicate nature of her stage name, but it exactly mirrors her unrelenting spirit and gritty style.
29. Lil Bitch – Miss Lafamilia
“Lil Bitch” by Miss Lafamilia is a burning track, loaded with the braggadocio that defines the UK rap game. Ain’t no half-steppin with Lafamilia as she pulls no punches, taking a shot at the superficiality that’s plaguing the scene nowadays. She spits, “You a insta thot, I’m a real-life rich bitch,” creating a stark contrast that hits home. Her flow is viscous, her delivery cold as a winter in Birmingham, and the beat’s got a menacing undertone that amplifies her lyrical lashing. This ain’t your regular club banger, but a tyrannical takeover by a femcee who has come to reclaim her space, showing that she’s as raw and real as it gets in the UK rap scene. “Lil Bitch” is a statement piece, a declaration of dominance by Miss Lafamilia. Word.
28. 4 Bags – MULANI MON£Y
When MULANI MON£Y dropped “4 Bags,” it was clear she was not playing around. Infused with a gritty realism and street-seasoned lyrics, the track cut right through the chase. The beat is deliriously intoxicating, blending elements of Grime with Trap, and MULANI rides the rhythm with an unforced swagger, her bars dripping with a steely resolve. On “4 Bags,” she doesn’t just talk the talk, she struts it, commanding the mic with an energy that’s both fierce and unrepentant. Yet, her lyrical depth could’ve been deeper, more layered – you feel me? Still, this track is an essential turning point in her catalogue, underscoring her fearless approach to spitting bars.
27. Bad N Boujee – Nadia Rose
Rose took the game by storm with this track, flexing her lyrical prowess and unique style. She flipped the script on the original Atlanta anthem by Migos, offering up a UK perspective that combines braggadocio with an unapologetic celebration of her own success. But here’s where I get real: while the track is a head-nodder, it doesn’t quite match up to the raw energy and innovative flow of Nadia’s other joints. I respect her bravado and salute her lyricism, but the track lacks a bit of that true grime grittiness that customarily characterizes UK rap. Still, it’s a solid entry in her discography.
26. Fendiii – Paigey Cakey
A certified bop by Paigey Cakey. She comes straight outta Hackney with that crisp London accent and don’t let anyone get twisted, Paigey is as raw as it gets. She flips the script on this track, strutting her wordplay and flows like a top grime queen. “Fendiii” holds nothing back, pulling no punches in its fierce lyrical prowess and hard-hitting beats. Sure, it ain’t exactly a lyrical masterpiece, but Paigey’s charismatic delivery and unshakable persona make it a solid jam. Man, remember when female UK rap was an underground hustle? It’s bold voices like Paigey’s that helped shake up the scene. Love it or hate it, “Fendiii” is a window into Paigey’s world. Ain’t nothing fabricated here, just raw truth.
25. Come for Shay (feat. Snap Capone) – Shaybo
Shaybo, a rapper whose audacity matches her lyrical prowess. Featured artist Snap Capone elevates the track with his hard-hitting bars, creating a tight collaboration that doesn’t falter. Shaybo fully owns her space, rallying against anyone daring to contest her place in the UK’s rap scene. Her punchlines hit hard, asserting an unapologetic brutality. Yet, there’s an intricate artistry threaded through the aggression – a representation of hard knock realities through a femme perspective. At times, the delivery becomes a defiant roar, giving a visceral quality to Shaybo’s empowerment narratives. This ain’t just music, it’s a war cry from the streets, asserting female energy in the male-dominated UK drill scene.
24. Forever – Bonus Track – Stefflon Don
Putting aside the polished pop she’d done before, Stefflon digs deep into her Dancehall roots and drops some heavy patois bars on this one. Her lyrics? Fearless. It’s a relentless spitfire of ambition and hater dismissal. This track sees Steff stepping out of the UK’s grime scene and making herself known in the global hip hop landscape. She’s got the lyricism of a seasoned rapper and the delivery of a fierce dancehall queen. It ain’t perfect, but it’s an undeniable testament to her versatility. More importantly, it’s proof that UK’s female rap scene ain’t no side show, it’s the main event.
23. Precious Heavy – Stefflon Don
This track is a profound manifestation of Steff’s uniqueness. She ain’t just some throwaway act – Nah. She got bars, a distinctive voice, and a killer instinct for blending dancehall rhythms with UK drill and Afrobeat influences. This ain’t no lightweight bop, it’s “Precious Heavy” – the beat’s punchy, the flow is slick and the British-Jamaican patois she laces on this track makes it captivating. She dropped knowledge about struggle and survival, threading her personal narrative into a broader social context. However, the track sometimes lacks depth in its lyrical content, which could have elevated it further. Despite this, it’s a raw representation of Steff’s tenacity and commitment to evolving as an artist within the UK’s vibrant rap scene.
22. Bouji – AB
The beat comes heavy with a blasé bassline that got heads bobbing, but the track doesn’t quite hit the mark. Lyrically, AB oozes a relaxed cocky vibe, flexing wealth and status – a bouji attitude, if you will. The challenge lies in the repetitive bars, lacking the lyrical dexterity we’ve seen from other UK female spitters. The video direction, on the other hand, is a flamboyant kaleidoscope of colourful outfits and luxe visuals, matching the track’s title. It’s a decent effort, but in the great pantheon of UK female rap, “Bouji” fails to stand tall. It’s the vibey soundtrack to a bouji lifestyle, but lyrically, it doesn’t go much deeper.
21. Slender – TeeZandos
Now, TeeZandos is a force to be reckoned with, an undeniable alpha in the UK drill scene. Born and bred in Hackney, London, she brings a raw and merciless energy to the track, showing these man ain’t got nothing on her. On “Slender”, she shows us that she’s got the lyrical chops to stand tall – grimy, gritty, and unapologetically real. The bars on this joint? Pure inferno, mate. It’s a track that will have you boppin’ your head till your neck hurts. However, compared to her other banger “No Capping”, “Slender” falls a bit short, not quite reaching the heights that TeeZandos is capable of, which is why it’s ranked here.
20. Bezerk – Br3nya
West London’s very own Br3nya goes hard on this one, “Bezerk”. Released in 2019, the track showcases her infectious flow and undeniable charisma, easily setting her apart from the pack. However, the tune comes short of becoming a classic due to its tepid production. And while Br3nya might boast of her ‘bad B’ status in her lyrics, her delivery could do with a bit more grit. Nevertheless, she’s got the swagger dialled up to eleven, and the way she maneuvers the beat is a testament to her potential. Surely, the game will only witness her rise even further in the years to come.
19. Bonjour Cava feat. Miss Lafamilia – Shaybo
“Bonjour Cava feat. Miss Lafamilia” is a top-tier joint by Shaybo that’s as tight as they come. A tearaway from the UK drill scene, Shaybo’s raw lyrics reflect a life far from your average fairy tale. Teaming up with Miss Lafamilia, another unstoppable force in the UK female rap game, intensified the heat on this track. This collab is like a double-barrelled boom bap, full of bass-heavy beats and charisma that seeps into each bar. However, it lacks a bit of the depth and introspection we see in later tracks. Solid, but not Shaybo’s highest peak – more like a stepping stone to greater anthems.
18. Friendly (feat. Haile) – Shaybo
The Queen of the South, Shaybo. Now, don’t get it twisted, Shaybo is not here for a friendly chit-chat, she’s here to spit fiery bars and deliver a masterclass in rap music. Teaming up with Haile, their electrifying chemistry on the mic is undeniable. Shaybo’s assertive delivery, mixed with Haile’s smoother vocal tone, creates a dynamite track that’s both hardcore and sensational. While the luxurious beats tick and tock like a Rolex, Shaybo’s lyrical prowess shines through, proving she’s got more than enough sauce to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with UK rap’s biggest names. No cap, “Friendly” is a bona fide banger!
17. Anger – Shaybo
This track ain’t for the faint-hearted, bruv, ’cause Shaybo’s spitting fire and it’s scorching. She’s a part of the new wave of females on the UK rap scene and ain’t planning on leaving anytime soon. On “Anger”, she packs in a solid delivery, confirms her place in the scene, and spits verses that remind you not to cross her path. Rhyme-scheme wise, she’s taking no prisoners. Her lyricism gets under your skin and demands respect. But we gotta be real, compared to some other works on our list, it lacks that extra finesse to take it higher. Yet, it’s still a firm display of her untamed talent. Next time, we’re expecting a higher climb, Shaybo.
16. Daily Duppy – Shaybo
Straight from the gate, Shaybo ain’t playing around; she’s got bars for days, bruv. She spits her truth with a level of grit and gall that’s hard to find, even in the belly of UK rap. Her flow’s as crisp as chips fresh out the fryer, and she’s got wordplay that’ll spin your head like a grime beat. This ain’t your average freestyle; it’s a bold proclamation, drawing her line in the game. Critics might say it lacks the melodic edge that’s popping off in UK rap right now, but yo, not every track needs a chorus to hit hard. Shaybo comes through with a straight dose of raw rhymes, no chaser. This is raw UK rap, no frills needed. It’s standing in the middle of the list, and that’s about right. Solid, but not quite touching the stars.
15. Body Bag – Ivorian Doll
“Baddie alert! ‘Body Bag’ by Ivorian Doll came out swinging, no half-steppin’. I.D., popularly known as the Queen of Drill, laid down some viscous verses on this track, bringing a glacial cool to the often testosterone-dominated UK drill scene. Her bars spat fire, with rhymes that were both brutal and brilliant, not just icing the cake but torching the whole damn bakery. The track’s audacious claims of supremacy were backed up by I.D.’s razor-sharp delivery and lethal lyrics. Yet, the Doll’s strength is not just in her verbal violence, but also in her unapologetic feminine swagger, asserting her space in the game while rocking her bling and beauty. ‘Body Bag’, while not the top, has definitely earned its spot on this list, as I.D. is undeniably the realest.”
14. Gangsta – Remix – Darkoo
A prime example of the cross-pollination between Afrobeat and UK Drill. The track is a potent punch of hard-hitting bars and infectious rhythms that capture the defiant, take-no-prisoners ethos of the streets. Darkoo’s delivery is fierce; unabashed, and pulsing with a unique energy. The remix adds another layer of depth, with the beat’s bass-heavy thump and ominous undercurrents amping up the original’s heat. Critics may argue about the lyrical content, but that’s hip hop, right? Controversy fuels the fire. Still, this track is a testament to the potential of genre blending and female presence in the UK drill scene. “Gangsta – Remix” is a banger, pure and simple.
13. Plenty (Too Trendy) – Br3nya
Delivering an unrivalled vibrancy, the West London rapper oozes confidence in a track that stakes a claim for women in UK hip hop. No wordplay is wasted in this banger, as Br3yna dishes out cunningly stacked bars. The production is a sonic treat, layered with pulsating beats that echo the artist’s vivacious personality. However, the track falls short on innovative delivery, and the repetitive cadence sometimes dilutes the power of its lyricism. Still, Br3nya rocks the mic like she owns the kingdom, and we can’t help but be drawn to her audacious swagger, making “Plenty (Too Trendy)” a solid contribution to the landscape of UK female rap.
12. Diamonds – TeeZandos
“Diamonds” by TeeZandos is a raw and authentic anthem, showing the MC’s ability to perfectly balance street bars with the kind of catchy hooks necessary for crossover appeal. Served with a unique drill-esque disposition, TeeZandos shows off both her lyrical skills and her storytelling talent. It’s evident that her sonic abrasiveness sounds like she was forged in the fires of Hackney’s grittiest corners. However, “Diamonds” isn’t just grime for the sake of grime – it’s a fiery example of TeeZandos’ potential. She ain’t just plugging into the culture – she’s pumping it with new voltage, sparking fresh energy into the UK rap scene. “Diamonds” doesn’t just shine, it blinds.
11. Envy Us – Stefflon Don
Stefflon Don, she ain’t no overnight sensation, nah son, she’s been grindin’ for a hot minute. “Envy Us”, nah it ain’t just a title, it’s a statement. When Stefflon Don and Abra Cadabra team up, they whip up a tune that leaves the game green-eyed and gaggin’ for more. Here, Steff drops her bars with precision, serving up rhymes with a dash of patois fire. Abra Cadabra’s gruff delivery provides the prefect contrast, his monochrome verses painting the stark streets that birthed UK rap. But it’s the melody that wins, an infectious hook that has you boppin’ your head even before you realise it. This ain’t a song, it’s a declaration: Step up, or step off. Stefflon Don ain’t playin’.
10. Phone Call – TeeZandos
The rising starlet spins her rhymes like none other, displaying her self-assured bravado and streetwise narratives. She don’t shy away from her reality, delivering a blow-by-blow account of her experiences in the UK drill scene. Sonically, the bass-heavy instrumentals align with TeeZandos’ fiery delivery, creating a tune that’s both gritty and voyeuristic. Critics might say her lyricism needs more depth, but let’s not forget, hip hop is as much about the vibe as it is about the message. And in that regard, TeeZandos is making serious waves. Keep an ear out, ’cause this queen’s reign has only just started.
9. Double Dutch – Br3nya
Evidence that the UK Gyal-dem isn’t one to sleep on. Putting the West London scene on the map, Br3nya brings her own unique flavour with this tune. A combo of sass-filled lyrics and a vibe filled beat, it’s a song that gets the crowd moving, no doubt. The track is part of the broader narrative of the maturing UK Afro-swing movement. Yet, it’s not just the infectious rhythm that hits hard, Br3nya’s lyrical flow stands testament to her raw talent and unequivocal love for the game. The track, however, could have been more layered in its production, but all in all, it’s a solid effort from the rising female MC. That’s all I am saying.
8. Tek It To Dem – Alicai Harley
An audacious anthem that showcases the Jamaican-born, London-raised MC’s confident swagger and gallant rhyming abilities. The track, produced by KickRaux & Shimmy Yeah, is a fierce combination of dancehall rhythms and grime-inspired beats that truly accentuates Harley’s gritty yet punchy verses. The song’s vivacious energy and persistent tracks sees Harley spitting with a rapid-fire flow that’s unashamedly defiant and unapologetic. It’s a defiant statement from a rising artist who’s not afraid to assert herself within a male-dominated scene. Although Harley’s discography may not be as expansive as some of her peers, “Tek It To Dem” stands tall as one of the most unabashed, assertive tracks in UK female rap history. That’s why it lands at number 15 in our ranking.
7. White Hennessy – Trillary Banks
Straight outta Leicester, Banks is one to watch, known for her ability to flip between braggadocious bars and soulful melodies. “White Hennessy” showcases this duality in abundance. Trillary banks the mood with smoky instrumentals, laid-back flows, and a luxurious vibe that’ll have you leaning back in your seats. Laced with patois and exuding a carefree energy, it’s an intoxicating blend that mirrors the title’s reference to the rare, top-shelf liquor. Now, on the real, it might not have the mainstream appeal of her other hits but its gritty authenticity hits those hip hop pleasure centres just right. It’s a track that carries the listener off to those late-night sessions, drink in hand, life and lyrics swirling around in unison.
6. Move – Stefflon Don
We’ve got a vibe straight from the heart of UK grime and dancehall – Stefflon Don’s “Move”. This tune isn’t sitting at the top tier, but to overlook it would be a misstep. The track fuses the raw energy of grime with the smooth, infectious beats that dancehall originated. Steff’s bars are ablaze, spitting fire and wisdom, even while playfully flexing her linguistic skills between patois and British slang. The song might not be her slickest work, but it’s evidence of an MC who isn’t afraid to play with her sound. “Move” is a bold statement, screaming “I’m here, and I ain’t goin’ nowhere.” While it could use a bit more polish, it still makes you step to the rhythm, and that’s a win in my book.
5. Again (feat. Ms Banks, Ms Dynamite & Jaykae) – CLIPZ
“Ain’t no denying, ‘Again’ by CLIPZ featuring Ms. Banks, Ms. Dynamite, and Jaykae is an iconic banger, landing at number five on our top 50 UK female rap tracks of all time. Infused with grime, drum ‘n’ bass, and hip hop vibes, this track is another level of UK sound amalgamation. Ms. Banks’ fiery bars blend perfectly with Ms. Dynamite’s legendary flow, while Jaykae throws in that touch of Brummie grime grit. But let’s not overlook the heart of this track — CLIPZ’s pulsing beats that have us positively vibing. It’s a powerhouse collaboration that marks a high point in UK rap. ‘Again’ is proof of the talent and diversity of the UK scene and a solid reminder that these ladies are not playing.”
4. Gold – Alicai Harley
Harley’s got a vibe unique to herself, blending influences from dancehall and grime into her UK rap style. “Gold” is spectacular, with its pulsating rhythm and Harley’s scintillating vocals that tenaciously tackle themes of self-worth and empowerment. This joint is a sonic jewel box, smoothly merging R&B hooks with dancehall basslines. Packed with contagious energy and peppered with patois, it’s a banger that showcases Harley’s ability to flip from singing to spitting bars instantly. A sparkling example of Harley’s artistic richness and lyrical goldmine, “Gold” is proof why she’s a treasure in the UK rap scene. The joint might be ranked 47, but it’s still as precious as its title suggests.
3. Rumours – Ivorian Doll
Yo, we on number three, and it’s “Rumours” by Ivorian Doll. Now this here, ain’t just a track, it’s a statement. I.D. lays it down like she’s on a mission, lacing some real tea over a grime-infused trap beat. Her fierce, rapid-fire delivery is a stinging retort to ’em gossips, with wordplay rawer than sushi, making you feel every syllable. The hook hits home, got that catchy quality you can’t ignore. Plus, the video? Flames. Mocking, unflinching, it’s a complete dismantling of the he said, she said nonsense. This cut shows I.D.’s strength – no just as a rapper, but as a woman in a game that’s still far from equal. This ain’t just a banger, it’s a manifesto.
2. Wavey (feat. Alika) – CLiQ
“Wavey (feat. Alika)” by CLiQ, sitting pretty at the number three spot, is an audacious display of UK Female rap prowess. This tune is a bold reminder of the vibrant, cutting-edge side of the UK hip-hop scene. Lyrically, Alika flexes her lyrical dexterity with complex rhyme schemes and savvy wordplay, spinning a narrative that’s both gritty and glamorous. And let’s not forget that infectious beat – a heady mix of bass-heavy grime and dance floor-ready house. It’s a hypnotic track that marries the raw energy of UK rap with the catchy hooks of mainstream pop. It’s this uncanny ability to blur boundaries and redefine standards that makes “Wavey” a standout in the annals of UK female rap. Straight fire, no chaser!
1. Dip – Stefflon Don
“Dip” by Stefflon Don wraps up our list of top UK female rap songs, and rightly so. This track is a powerhouse of lyrical expression, assertive delivery and a beat that’ll have your head nodding from the first bar. Stefflon Don throws down on this track like a heavy hitter in a title match, showcasing what makes her one of the top female artists in the UK scene today. Her flow is sharp as a razor, slicing through the rugged instrumental with surgical precision. But she’s not just flexing; there’s a depth to her lyrics that demonstrates her understanding of the stakes in this rap game. In “Dip”, she rises to the occasion and stakes her claim as one of the best, and for that, she gets our salute.