The Best Singing Performances By Rappers

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  • 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
  • Andre 3000, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West
  • Biz Markie
  • Mos Def
  • J. Cole
  • Lil Wayne

Lauryn Hill, "Killing Me Softly"

We knew we had something extraordinarily special when Lauryn Hill covered Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" for The Fugee's second and final album The Score. We knew she could sing, and we knew she could flow, but there was such an honesty in this vocal performance — and her adlibs were so hip hop — that it captured the mainstream (and a Grammy) in a way that she hadn't quite done before. Her next release was the one that swept the industry and casual listeners alike: her solo debut.

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