The Best Singing Performances By Rappers

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  • Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West
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  • Mos Def
  • J. Cole
  • Lil Wayne
  • Nicki Minaj
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  •  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony,  "Tha Crossroads"
  • Queen Latifah - "Ladies First"
  • Notorious B.I.G., "Playa Hater"
  • Mase,  "Jealous Guys" ft. 112 & Puff
  • 50 Cent - "21 Questions"
  • Wyclef, "911”, Mary J. Blige, Bob Marley
  • Drake - "Marvin's Room"
  • Nelly - "Dilemma" Ft. Kelly Rowland
  •  Ja Rule - "I'm Real" ft. Jennifer Lopez
  • Missy Elliott - "One Minute Man”
  • Outkast - "Ms. Jackson" Andre 3000

The Best Singing Performances by Rappers

Being lyrical is about more than just content. A rapper's voice is an instrument, and these days more and more are broadening the scope of their talents by actually singing on a track. Sometimes it's for comedic effect, sometimes it's emotional release. Whatever the reasoning, it's a song that cannot be forgotten, like Andre 3000's "Hey Ya," which took a Native American chant and gave it a pop groove. It was his first solo single and a massive, Grammy Award-winning, international hit. Now that he's reportedly working on his first official solo album, let's reminisce on other great examples of when rappers sing.

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