Hometown: Washington, DC
Twitter: @RAtheMC
Pros: Is a legit MC; no frills or gimmicks
Cons: Overshadowed by male and female counterparts.
Essential Listening: The Grace Jones Experiment

First and foremost, RAtheMC holds her own against the gentlemen on this list because she can rap her ass off. Female rappers’ skills are still often overshadowed by overt displays of their sexuality, RA is a throwback to the lady MC’s of old. Lyrically, she can go toe to toe with the best of them, with a confident rhyme-style that immediately evokes memories of Rah Digga and Lauryn Hill.

She was dope enough to score an MTV VMA Breakout Artist Nomination in ‘09, beating out hundreds of other local acts, so people are aware of her talent.  Hopefully, more will take notice and her talent will get the recognition it deserves.