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Before Cardi B: 11 Other Femcees Who Made Billboard's Hot 100 Chart

Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, and Lil Kim are just three of the female artists who once ruled the charts. 

Cardi B made history as the first solo artist in 19 years to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for her single, "Bodak Yellow." It was the first time a female rapper reached the top slot since Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit, "Doop-Wop (That Things)."

While it's been awhile since any female talent has landed on top, there is a handful of artists who have managed to place on the trade publication's Hot 100 chart. Here are 11 other femcees who have made the dignified chart over the years with their own single and not as a featured artist on another's.

1. Salt N Pepa

On February 26, 1994, the hip-hop/rap trio and singing group, En Vogue teamed up for the sampled track, “Whatta Man.” The single hit the top 10 in just four weeks, eventually peaking at No. 3 during its 29-week stay on the chart.

2. Da Brat

The Chicago native was on fire in 1994. The rapper hit No. 6 on August 13 of that year with her first chart hit, “Funkdafied, which lasted 20 weeks on the Hot 100.

3. Queen Latifah

The actress and host may have been singing about empowerment, but the rapper managed to get on the charts as a solo act in 1994. On January 29th of that year, she peaked at No. 23 with “U.N.I.T.Y.” after a 10-week climb.

4. MC Lyte

The rapper and narrator called on Xscape for her single, “Keep On, Keepin’ On.” Together, their hypnotic track went to No. 10 on June 1, 1996, in its 12th week.

5. Foxy Brown

With JAY-Z on the track, the Brooklyn native struck Billboard magic with her single, “I’ll Be”. The song peaked at No. 7in its ninth week on the chart on April 12, 1997.

6. Eve

The former First Lady of Ruff Ryders was pretty much unstoppable in the early 2000s. In Aug. 2001, the actress joined forces with Gwen Stefani for “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” and literally blew all the way to the No. 2 spot in a span of 17 weeks.

A year after nabbing the No. 2 spot for “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” the rapper returned to the runner-up spot with “Gangsta Lovin'” with the help of Alicia Keys during its 10th week on the chart.

7. Missy Elliott

Throughout the 90s, it was very clear that Missy Elliott knew how to make a hit. On November 16, 2002, the rapper peaked at No. 2 with her addictive single, “Work It.” Despite 10 weeks in the runner-up slot, “Work It” never made it to No. 1 as Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” blocked her from the summit.

8. Lil Kim

The Queen Bee almost hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100chart in 2003 for her collaborative track, “Magic Stick” with 50 Cent. On July 12, she landed at No. 2. However, for five weeks in 2001, Kim reached the No. 1 slot for her contribution to the 2001 remake of “Lady Marmalade” alongside Christina Aguilera, Mya, and P!nk.

9. Trina

The Miami native and singer Kelly Rowland were meant to make music together. Two months and 12 days after its release, the rapper peaked at No. 17 on December 3, 2005, for their single, “Here We Go.”

10. Remy Ma

When the Bronx native and Fat Joe link up, it’s always amazing. The frequent Terror Squad collaborators peaked at No. 27 after their 10-week rise on June 18, 2016, thanks to "All The Way Up" featuring JAY-Z, French Montana and Infared.

11. Nicki Minaj

The Queens rapper struck pop culture gold when she released “Anaconda” on September 6, 2014. The single jumped to the No. 2 spot in just 3 weeks and created quite the wave online.

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Thundercat, Juicy J, Ariana Grande And More Pay Tribute To Mac Miller For 27th Birthday

It's not lost on many just how much Mac Miller's influence affects today's lovers of hip-hop. The rapper and songwriter's passing was a blow to the industry last year as he seemed to be hitting a special space in his creative journey.

With today (Jan. 19) being what would've been his 27th birthday, friends and musical partners are sharing stories and messages of love about their favorite Capricorn.

Frequent collaborator and friend Thundercat shared on Twitter a moment Mac helped create with the "Them Changes" artist and his family. "All three of us were in the same room, playing and creating and enjoying music with Mac," he tweeted about an impromptu session with his brothers and Mac.

"Mac was and always will be a special dude, he was definitely Lebowski to me. I will always remember a man I considered to be another one of my real brothers and best of friends in the short time we got to spend together. I miss him so much every day."

See more touching messages from Mac's friends below.

Mac was hands down one of thee freshest people I’ve met so far in life, never a dull moment. I’ll share one of my favorite moments with you guys on this most dope day. I always enjoyed getting a chance to work with him, we would spend days at a time...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

..Creating music, playing music and introducing each other to new music all the time. This is the day he met my brothers @drummaboiblue1 & @_K_I_N_T_A_R_O_ it was a bit of a whirlwind how it all happened because at separate times they both came flying...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...through the studio door at separate times of the late night. My older brother @drummaboiblue1 kicked the door in and starts rapping and making hip hop hands at Mac who was sitting at the computer and it was so intense he just turned and looked at me like..

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...”Holy shit, this is your brother?” I didn’t know what to expect next because it could have easily gone south, but I got a chance to see what made Mac so special. My brother is hands down the most amazing drummer in the world *dont at me* and what I saw...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...from Mac really stays in my heart because I watched him turn my older brothers energy into creative energy by challenging him about the title of best drummer in the world, and handing him pots & pans and things from around the studio and the house...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

..shortly after Mac turns to me & says “hey man your brother @_K_I_N_T_A_R_O_ is gonna come by, I immediately felt like there was a possibility that this would be overwhelming for Mac, as I have seen from past situations in life experience with people & us..

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...but none the less, all three of us were in the same room, playing and creating and enjoying music with Mac. For those that don’t see the significance, music and family can be a very intense experience in itself in life (if you know, you understand)....

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...it’s not always so easy and lighthearted like everyone would like to imagine it is however as it may be, the night went on,and the moment passed. Since that moment me and my brothers never really would be in that same setting and satire for years...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...the reason that this story is so special is because while we were working on what’s the use, he started going through old music and came across that song, when he played it I began to tear up and I had to keep myself together because it was so special...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...that he captured it! Almost like a photo. he turned to me and reminded me of how wild that night was and we had a good laugh about it and continued working. No one really owns any recordings of us like that, so it was really special to me...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...Mac was and always will be a special dude, he was definitely Lebowski to me. I will always remember a man I considered to be another one of my real brothers and best of friends in the short time we got to spend together. I miss him so much every day...

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

...he changed my life in a real way. Thank you @MacMiller Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/4HVdwj2fMs

— ashy daddy (@Thundercat) January 19, 2019

miss u.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 19, 2019

Happy birthday Mac Miller! pic.twitter.com/DT31Smpbqt

— Hi-Tek (@HiTek) January 19, 2019

Happy Birthday @MacMiller. Love You Always & Forever

— THE INTERNET (@intanetz) January 19, 2019

Smile today - Mac Miller ❤️ pic.twitter.com/l5rmQDu5XE

— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) January 19, 2019

 

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damn i miss this so much! i miss jamming with you and writing with you and talking about anything and everything. just watching you produce was my favorite. i miss the way you used to support me in everything that i did. i miss your smile and your tight ass hugs. i love you. happy birthday to a legend.

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Happy birthday to one of the purest artists I’ve ever known, Mac Miller 🙏🏾 RIP https://t.co/e8IIGaRjhx

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) January 19, 2019

we miss you and love you Mac Miller happy birthday

— rex orange county (@rexorangecounty) January 19, 2019

Happy bday to my brother Mac Miller i miss my bro every day https://t.co/pXAn552l1w

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 19, 2019

happy birthday Mac! 👼 tell your friends you love em twice as much.

— bear (@6LACK) January 19, 2019

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20 Hip-Hop And R&B Albums That Went Platinum With No Features

Once upon a time, successful artists considered receiving a gold or platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as a rite of passage to legendary status, especially if they did it on their own. Up until 2016, elite hip-hop and R&B artists were awarded plaques after one million units in album sales were sold. Now, any artist with music that goes viral overnight can join the platinum club.

After the RIAA modernized its rules for obtaining gold & platinum status in 2016, the music industry has been flooded with gold and platinum recipients, and it will only become more saturated over time. However, any rapper or R&B singer who sells over a million units without the help of outside artists should be heralded like the icons who came before them.

Since the 1980s, plenty of hip-hop and R&B artists have gone platinum with memorable music that will live on forever, but only a select few have made history by reaching platinum status without featured artists. Here are 19 albums (and mixtapes) that went platinum without other musical guests on the compilation.

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Genres Aside, Here Are Our 25 Favorite Songs Of 2018

Keeping up with all of the music from 2018 was a full-time job, with loads of songs releasing every week and not enough ears to keep track. But the volume of music comes with an advantage: there’s something for everybody. Fittingly, our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2018 represents the multi-genre mayhem that is in everyone’s playlists this year.

Some of the entries on our list, like cuts by Drake, Travis Scott and Childish Gambino, were at the forefront of the conversation in 2018, dominating streaming services and radio around the country. Indie darling Saba made waves, and he’s included here as well. Jazz wizard Kamasi Washington dropped some of the best protest music of the year. But there are also some songs on this year’s list that spoke to the VIBE Tribe in a different way. Cardi B had hits all year, but an album cut impressed us most; Usher and Zaytoven’s new album didn’t make a huge splash commercially, but one of its songs appears here. And Beyonce appears on one of the best songs of the year that never even saw an official release–but that didn’t stop us from including it here.

Music broke the rules this year, and so did we. Read below, and tell us what surprise choices are making your songs of the year list.

READ MORE: Debate Us: The 30 Best Albums Of 2018

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