The Best Singing Performances By Rappers

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  • Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West
  • Biz Markie
  • Mos Def
  • J. Cole
  • Lil Wayne
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Kanye West
  • Kid Cudi
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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

Biz Markie, "Just a Friend"

We could point to how 50 Cent, Pharrell and Mario have all flipped this 1989 song in one way or another, but really, it speaks for itself. It's the epitome of a hip hop hit: a blend of comedy, yearning, lyrical skill, boom bap and a memorable, melodious hook. Whether we can actually carry a note to sing along or not really doesn't matter, we just have to feel it. Biz made that clear. And by now, every hip hop head has at one point (or a hundred) sung out "Oh baby, you/Got what I need!"

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