The Best Singing Performances by Rappers

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  • Big K.R.I.T., Curtis Mayfield
  • Phonte, Eric Roberson, Little Brother, R. Kelly
  • Pimp C, Bun B, UGK
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Iggy Azalea, T.I.
  • Biz Markie
  • Mos Def
  • J. Cole
  • Lil Wayne
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Cee Lo Green
  • Lauryn Hill
  •  Busta Rhymes
  • Kanye West
  • Kid Cudi
  • Snoop Dogg
  • T.I.
  • Eminem
  •  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
  • Childish Gambino, Prince, Michael Jackson
  • Lil Mama
  • B.o.B

Pimp C of UGK, "Living This Life"

Pimp C is another soulful MC who leaned on the book of Curtis Mayfield when he employed his singing ability on tracks like UGK's "Living This Life." Pleading for God to show him a way up out the streets, Chad Butler's hymnal-like vocals echoed, "Lord it's so hard, living this life/ A constant struggle each and every day/ Some wonder why, I'd rather die/ Than to continue living this way."

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