Dessa the rapper 

#DESSAFACTS #41 TOP FEMALE RAPPER
ACTIVE:2005-PRESENT
Margret Wander (born May 23, 1981), better known by her stage name Dessa, is a rapper, singer, spoken word artist, and writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a member of the indie hip hop collective Doomtree.
History
Education:
Dessa went to Southwest High School, graduating from the IB Diploma Programme in 1999. She attended the university of Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. in philosophy. Before becoming an artist full-time, she worked as a technical writer for a medical manufacturer.
Doomtree
Initially drawn to their raw aesthetics and unique sound, Dessa forged a friendship with Doomtree. Soon after, she started dating P.O.S. Though they eventually ended their relationship, she was asked nonetheless to join the crew, and did so. Since 2005, Dessa has appeared on numerous Doomtree albums, as well as on the other members’ solo albums. She is also the CEO of Doomtree.
Dessa’s debut solo EP, False Hopes, was released in 2005. Despite being only fifteen minutes long, it was listed as one of the top local albums of the year by Minneapolis Star Tribune.
She completed and released a book of creative non-fiction titled Spiral Bound at the fourth annual Doomtree Blowout in 2008. In 2009, Dessa published Spiral Bound on Doomtree Press, a seventy-page collection of fiction and poetry.
Dessa’s first solo album, A Badly Broken Code, was released on January 19, 2010. The singles from this album are “Dixon’s Girl” and “The Chaconne.” The album features production from Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter and Big Jess. MK Larada also designed the album art.
In 2011, Dessa released Castor, the Twin.
In 2013, Dessa released Parts of Speech. The singles from this album are “Warsaw” and “Call Off Your Ghost.”
Side projects
Dessa is a founding member of The Boy Sopranos, an almost all-female a cappella group, with frequent collaborators Jessy Greene, Aby Wolf and others. She also taught at the Institute of Production and Recording and the McNally Smith College of Music.
On March 2, 2012, Dessa presented “Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections” at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of the three-day Nobel Peace Prize Forum .
Dessa was the host of Twin Cities Public Television’s The Lower town Line, a live music series, from 2012 to 2014
   
    
    
 

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Lady Rage (ROCKIN ON)

#LADYRAGEFACTS #14 TOP FEMALE RAPPER 
Robin Yvette Allen (born June 11, 1975), better known by her stage name The Lady of Rage, is an American rapper and actress best known for collaborations with several Death Row Records artists, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg on the seminal albums The Chronic and Doggystyle.
 She has been described as “one of the most skillful female MCs” with a “mastery of flow” and “hard-corelyrics”.
In the summer of 1988, the Lady of Rage met Shahkim of the Original Outlaw Brothers, a rap group fromQueens, New York. 
From the moment Shahkim heard her rap, he was convinced she was the best female rapper around. 
After convincing her he could get her a record deal, he brought her into his group. The members of the Outlaw Brothers made Rage a member of the group and they eventually were signed to a production deal with the L.A. Posse (who went on to produce several big hits for LL Cool J).
 At the time, the LA Posse had several artists within their group including, MC Breeze and The Real Roxanne.
 They also had several relationships with different labels. Rage, along with all the artists in the camp worked diligently out of Chung King Studios in lower Manhattan recording, writing and more recording.
 In 1991, Lady of Rage met with Chubb Rock, providing vocals for his track, “Bring Em Home Safe” on his The One album, which she recorded under the name of ‘Rockin’ Robin’.
Dr. Dre then discovered her after the L.A. Posse let him listen to some of the tracks on their album and the vocals she recorded for the L.A. Posse’s They Come in All Colors in 1991.
 She appeared on several tracks from Dr. Dre’s 1992 classic The Chronic album, and onSnoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle in 1993.
In 1994, she had a hit single with “Afro Puffs” (from the soundtrackto Above the Rim) which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
She also made an appearance on Tha Dogg Pound’s album Dogg Food on the track “Do What I Feel”. Though she had made more than a dozen appearances on soundtracks as well as albums from her Death Row Records cohorts, the Lady of Rage didn’t release an album until ’97. 
Her debut solo album,Necessary Roughness, was released in June 1997 and peaked at #7 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and 32 on the Billboard 200Albums chart.
Her solo album was originally called Eargasm and was continually pushed back – it was meant to have been the next album on Death Row Records afterThe Chronic, and then afterDoggystyle, before finally being released in 1997.
After the release of her album and a guest-appearance with Gang Starr alongside Kurupt (“You Know My Steez (Three Men and a Lady Remix)”) in 1998, Rage left Death Row Records and the music industry to focus on acting, appearing in an episode of Kenan & Kel.
 The Lady of Rage then went on to be featured in the television sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show onThe WB as Coretta Cox, a recurring role she played from 1997 to 2000. she also had a role in Next Fridayas Baby D, big sister of Day Day’s ex-girlfriend.
In 2000, she made another rapping appearance on Snoop Dogg’s “Set It Off” on his album Tha Last Meal, a solo track “Unfucwitable” on Snoop Dogg Presents…Doggy Style Allstars Vol. 1 and “Batman & Robin”, which appeared on Snoop Dogg’s Paid tha Cost to Be da Bossalbum.
In 2007 she signed to Shante Broadus’ label, Boss Lady Entertainment, and recorded a street album called From VA 2 LA.
 She also made appearances on Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents…Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Albumand Cali Iz Active.
She is currently a part of the FEM (Females Earning Money) Movement along with fellow female rappers Babs (of Da Band),Lady Luck, and Amil.
In 2008, she performed with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Salt-n-Pepa at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
 In the summer of 2010 she joined Snoop Dogg during his headlining set at theRock the Bells festival concert series, along with Warren G, RBX and Tha Dogg Pound for a performance of the classic Doggystyle album in its entirety.
Rage is currently part of the group N’Matez, along with Daz Dillinger,Kurupt, and RBX.
*Rapping technique
Lady of Rage describes much of her rapping technique in the book How to Rap – she notes the importance of having a strong vocabulary, writing poetry, having different styles of flow, using ‘rests’, researching lyrics,taking your time to write lyrics,  working with producers, doing guide vocals, and her compound rhymes in the track ‘Unfucwitable’ are broken down.