Lauryn Hill

Listen: The 10 best Lauryn Hill songs

In the 1990s Lauryn Hill paved the way for female rappers to be both graceful and, well, badass. With her soul and R&B-influenced singing that builds harmonies like a complex chord and flow that rivals any of the boys, she bridged the gap between pop culture and gritty rap.

Listen: Drake “Draft Day”

Drake has surprised fans with a new track called "Draft Day," which he shared through the October's Very Own blog. The piercing track, which is a nod to Texas A&M football bad boy Johnny Manziel, features a sample of Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)." He uses the track to respond to his critics, but also throws a few tough nods to Chance the Rapper and Jay Z.