Hip-Hop’s Greatest Voices

Among an emcee’s greatest assets is his or her voice. Artists like Kendrick Lamar and Rakim are instantly recognizable based on their voices. However, in hip-hop, the focus isn’t necessarily on vocal range or the ability to make melodic runs. It’s the timbre and pitch of an emcee’s voice that can be crucial to his or her delivery. The following list of emcees not only includes memorable voices, but artists who know how to use their voices to great effect. To listen to these artists’ rhymes is to get lost in their vocal delivery, which is a big part of why many of them have become household names.

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