Once confined to underground parties in the South Bronx, hip hop has blossomed into an art form practiced in every corner of our world. As hip hop absorbs the musical traditions and trends of each culture it meets and the conventions of each language it inhabits, it produces new sounds and styles pushing global music forward.

The internet and social media have made it easy for fans to connect with artists living on the other side of the planet. In honor of International Women's Day, we've put together a list of five of our favorite female rappers from outside the United States. Click through the image gallery to read on.