The Best Singing Performances by Rappers

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  • 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.
  • 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, “Sober”

Childish Gambino put his vocals skills to the test with his new single, “Sober,” from his forthcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape STN MTN / KAUAI. Drowning his pain in a bottle after his girl calls it quits, he harmonizes, “And now that it's over, I'll never be sober/ I couldn't believe, but now I'm so high.” While many MCs can carry a tune, Childish Gambino’s falsetto range could carry a whole album and leave you in a Prince or Michael Jackson mind state after listening, which makes you wonder what the rapper/actor/writer/comedian can’t do. But he's not the only MC to get respect for his crooning. Read on.

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