The Best Singing Performances by Rappers

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  • 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
  • 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.

Queen Latifah, "Ladies First"

The late ‘80s didn’t just begin the golden age of hip hop music. It also saw the explosion (and diversification) of the female MC. In celebration of women, Queen Latifah had a budding hip hop nation harmonizing this anthem and recognizing the unheralded power of the ladies. 

(Photo: John Parra/Getty Images for The Black's Annual Gala)

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