As a female, breaking into the hip hop game is no easy feat. It takes rare talent, bold personality and style that's anything but basic. And in honor of Hip Hop Appreciation Week, we're taking a look back at 12 women from the music industry whose beats and signature looks continue to inspire us.
From the pioneering women of nineties hip-hop to the leading ladies of today, these artists not only broke into the boy's club— they made their own style rules along the way.
Click ahead as we salute the genre’s most fashionably iconic females.Photo: Getty Images