In an overtly masculine, frequently misogynist culture like hip-hop, it's notoriously difficult for female rappers to make their own mark, but that didn't deter pioneering old school Motor City MCs like Ms. Nikki D., Smiley, and Boss, the latter widely considered to be the first female gangsta rapper. For the last several years, the prodigiously talented Invincible has been one of Detroit's unsung treasures, eschewing offers of national record deals in favor of a full-time commitment to hip-hop-driven community organizing and political activism.

Ms. Nikki D "Work That Sucker" (1989)Smiley "But I'm Not Friendly" (1990)
Boss "Recipe of a Hoe" (1993)
Invincible f/ Finale "Locusts" (2008)