The 50 Best Rap Songs by Women

4. Salt-n-Pepa "Push It" (1987)

Album: Hot, Cool & Vicious

"Push It" doesn't just ask for it, it demands it. The beat demands a slot in your brain's memory file where it stores infinitely catchy loops—one so classic it could break it down at any hip-hop party but also an EDM one. With explicit instructions to men to just push it (push it real good), it's filthy without uttering a curse word. Yet the irony is, despite being the biggest song from one of the earliest female rap groups, the track has very little rapping on it (though Salt-n-Pepa's album Hot, Cool & Vicious had considerably more). The undeniable anthem lit up dance floors everywhere, becoming one of the earliest rap songs to become a hit on the dance charts, and setting a sexed-up tone for female rappers for decades to come. —Insanul Ahmed

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