BLOG: Top 5 Rap Sangas

In Zoolander they had the Slashie award for best actor/model (“and not the other way around”). In this blog the slash stands for best rapper/singer, and lord knows there’s a ish load of ‘em. Don’t be fooled this trend has been going on way before Kanye got his heartbroken or Ja Rule threw on a letter cardigan. So without further ado I offer to you my top five rap “sangas.”

5. Everlast – He may not exactly be a “sanga” but that’s only cause he’s white (I Know Rap People [The White Edition] is coming baby). Most hip-hop heads wrote the former House Of Pain frontman off when he picked up an acoustic guitar for his breakout solo album, Whitey Ford Sings The Blues – including fellow cracker Eminem – but the man’s talents earned him a multi-platinum success as well as a Grammy for his work on Santana’s “Put Your Lights Out.” With cuts like “What It’s Like,” “Ends” and “Gone For Good” with DJ Muggs you can’t deny the gravely- voiced Irish Muslim’s talent.

4. Andre 3000 – While three stacks’ voice may not be the smoothest – with some writing off his efforts as a bad Prince impression – the man was the first rapper to my knowledge to put out an entire record singing – (sans the last joint on The Love Below). Not just sticking to funk, Dre also tried his hand at blues (“Idlewild Blue”), pop (Kelis’ “Millionaire,” Gwen Stefani’s “Long Way To Go”) and show tunes (”When I Look Into Your Eyes”). But in my book it all boils down to two words – “Hey Ya!” – “Shake it, shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture



3. Mos Def – Another musically ambitious, talented mo’fucker, Pretty Flaco knows how to work his pipes (pause). Whether blessing the hook for Da Bush Babees on “The Love Song” getting soulful on “Umi Says” or rocking out with his short-lived band, Black Jack Johnson on “Zimzallabim,” dude gets busy, Mos Definitely. Peep his rendition of Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison.”

2. Lauryn Hill – Before she went psycho with the clown makeup, L Boogie was a problem. With almost as many Grammy awards as she has children, Ms. Hill undeniably has the most technically sound vocal chords of anyone on this list. In her prime she could not only rip shop along with her Fugees rhyme partners, she could outsing most of the ladies on the R&B charts. And with only one official solo studio album over 10 years ago, fans are still waiting for a comeback, but there’s one artist that takes the spot above her…

1. Cee-Lo Green- …is the freakin’ Soul Machine! The former Goodie Mob MC has been putting in work since the early ’90s, and with one of the most unique voices in the game, Sweet Suagr Lo is among the premier go to guys for hip-hop hooks. With equal success as both a solo artist and member of Gnarls Barkley, Cee-Lo easily tops the list, epitomizing what a rap sanga is supposed to sound like.

Who’s your top five rap sangas? – Jesse Gissen

  • Pierzy

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    • mo

      t-pain hands down

      • JCITYHUSTLA617

        DRAKE AND NIKKI MINAJ ARE FAIRLY IMPRESSIVE WHEN THEY RAP AND SING ON THE SAME TRACK BUT CATS STUCK ON OLD SCHOOL MIGHT NOT APPRECIATE THEM SHIT I DIDNT AT FIRST CUZ I KEPT HAVING LATE 90′S FLASHBACKS

        • http://maxp_777@hotmail.com Max Profit

          Don’t really feel Drake and Minaj when they sing – but they both good rappers.

          This a good list!

          Shout out to Nate Dogg & Slick Rick (better than them all)

      • Superstar Extraordinaire

        t-pain uses auto-tune his pitch black ass is disqualified

    • Chris Cash

      very strong co-sign

      Bizzy might be crazy as hell but dude could rap and vocalize

    • Justice4all

      Who cares? This same blog title is all over the nets 3 times a week. Dead subject….

    • eff you couch

      eff that, Alfamega should be number one on the list just for they way we was singing to the Feds. lol

      • Pierzy

        Well done.

      • yoprince

        LOL nice

    • DownSouth

      Already! I was thinkin Bone when I first seen the title of the blog.

      DOWN SOUTH!!!

  • maCaso

    Nelly was also a pritty gd “sanga” in the chorus of “My Place” & “Over & Over”… My opinion though! These days you say an opinion and you get bombarded by f*ckin hate comments!

  • DETROIT

    nelly > dre 3000
    bizzy bone > dre 3000

    dre is an awful singer!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jackpot

    Man, get this guy outta here. Lauryn Hill should have been number one.

    • http://1290wmcs.com The Party Killa

      ^^^Easily should’ve been

  • DETROIT

    what about pimp c? he deserves to be on this list also! i’d take out mos def and put the pimp at 3!

    • Detroit P

      CO—Fuckin—Sign

  • Epinz

    This list lost all credibility by not mentioning phonte of little brother/foreign exchange. He a top 5 now rapper and singer with classics under both genres!

    • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmcDL

      Co sign that shit dude can sing and spit fire

  • DA TRUTH

    This list is not Offical unless Pimp C is on it. But Cee-Lo is #1 for sure!!!

  • Epinz

    How bout my ngga ghostface, he supposes to b droppin an album with just singin

  • clovito

    co-sign Cee-lo. this list is pretty on point. I’d add Nelly. Ride Wit Me… and dude kept up with Tim McGraw

  • My ‘Effin Opinion

    You people are out of your mind if you don’t put Missy Elliot on the top 5. Revamp the list and take someone off … immediately.

    • Curtis75Black

      Definitely co-sign !! Missy can put it down. Too bad she was also forgotten about.

  • mazemayhim

    List looks pretty accurate to me. But, that picture of Lauryn Hill is bunk tho smh she shoulda just lemme beat those cheeks instead of Rohan. She woulda been on album #5-The Audio-biography of Lauryn Hill if she woulda just F@$Ked wit me. Now if you’ll excuse me I gotta go knock me another bitch to add to the stable…gone!

  • Curtis75Black

    This list is definitely on point with Cee-lo as #1 or as I like to call him, Hip Hop’s Al Green. You did lose because Phonte and Latifah didn’t make the list(thinking too mainstream perhaps?) Lauryn Hill definitely kills though she hasn’t been heard from in a long time.

  • Rob the Music Ed

    What happened to T-Pain. The Rappa-Ternt-Sanga…
    Fuck that “Pree Ringz” was a good mixtape.

    • Detroit P

      Truth…but for some reason there is an Autotune prejudice in the hip hop community…no matter who uses autotune can’t nobody do it like Pain…and he’s a surprisingly good rapper

      • Rob the Music Ed

        I been sayin this man. SMH

  • MikeD

    Ghostface is the best rapsanger out there. O.D.B. can sang too!

    Everlast should never be mentioned on xxlmag.com again.

    • jesse

      Stop the white on white hate

  • Lifewalk

    What the fuck is about nate dogg ? he has to be on that list..for real

  • phitte

    Lauryn could not only “rip shop along with” Pras and Wyclef, she raps ten times better. In fact, ten times better than most rappers.

  • Long Beach Lance

    No doubt, Lauryn Hill should’ve been number one….Everlast? Cee-lo?….if you guys picked them, you shoulda put Nate Dogg on there, his vocals are better than most of the people up there.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    One more for you … Wyclef Jean, you can’t tell me that Mos Def can sing better than ‘Clef.

    Take off Everlast and Mos Def and replace them with Missy and Wyclef. Everyone else was fine.

  • The People Commenting

    none of the people mentioned in the comments that “should” be on the list have done full albums singing. T-Pain doesn’t rap that much. Nelly doesn’t sing that much.

    And LOVE BELOW IS A CLASSIC ALBUM. In Music

  • The People Commenting

    The people on the list are KNOWN for doing both. Phonte is barely known. Missy or Clef could be on there though.

  • http://www.twitter.com/andrewwade58 KillaCityChief

    Good list, I’m glad to see Cee-lo get some well deserved recognition. Too often he gets overlooked.

    One Rapper/Sanga to look out for is Krizz Kalico, check out his album Vitiligo and listen to one of the most musically gifted individuals on the planet.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I find Cee-Lo’s voice extremely annoying. I can’t stand everything from the way he talks, to his raps, to how he sings. Lauryn Hill got this one.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • Phil

    Y’all sleeping on Black Thought, lol.

  • LIFEWALK

    you should shame you that you all forgot about Nate Dogg…AND WHY THE FUCK DOES XXL NEVER POST MY COMMENTS

    • $ykotic

      it’s your computer homie. That’s all.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Excellent post! I love that you gave Everlast his props. Whitey Ford Sings The Blues is an incredible album that I bump all the time. And your right, Cee-Lo does belong on top of the list. He never gets enough credit.

  • Justice4all

    Who cares? This same blog title is all over the nets once a week. Dead subject.

  • Chris Cash

    Z-Ro and Big Moe

  • Chris Cash

    Z-Ro and Big Moe.

  • eff you couch

    What about the Phonte of Little Brother or that dude Quan that was once under Nas.

    ODB could carry a tune.
    Missy should be on the list, but her ugly face makes her lose points

  • soy yo

    How could you have forgotten BONE THUGS????

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    CEE-LO IS THE BEST AT IT OUTTA ALL THE MUFUCKAS UP…. THEN LAURYN HILL..THEN ANDRE’ OF COURSE…. YA’LL NIGGAS SHOULD TAKE OUT SOME TIME AND LISTEN TO Z’RO… I WAS ON THE FENCE BOUT THAT MAYNE FA LIKE 5 YEARS…. HE STRAIGHT THO… AND YOU NIGGAS TRIPPIN’ WHERE NATE DOGG AT?????

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “DOO WOP (THAT THING)” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      U MUST HAVE A DICK WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY UP IN YOUR ASS… U FAG…LOL

      • http://xxlmag.com A cock rider……..

        Lol. Internet Bully is z best.

    • $ykotic

      Double P because I respect your daily playlist I’ma check this dude ZRo out.

      @ “Internet Bully”

      C’mon man bring something else to the table besides the Worldstar comments. That post was even a waste of YOUR time.

      • PARIS PERSHUN

        GOOD LOOK $YKOTIC…. YOU SHOULD LIKE HIM… BUT LIKE I SAID HE TOOK 5 YEARS OR SO TO GROW ON ME….

        (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “MO CITY DON” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- Z’RO))

        • K.I. the Great

          Yall should check out let the truth be told hands down my favorite Zro album if he was well known he could be number one on the list

    • FlapJack

      Someone needs to give Paris a daily podcast.

      You stay playing my favourite songs that I forgot about

      I’d prolly switch Mos and Everlast with Pharrell and Drake, but this is a solid list

  • WiLL_SiN510

    EVERLAST?! Why not Nate Dogg?? The man started off in a choir as a kid!

  • http://freedomblogging.org Adam

    Big Moe’s up there somewhere.

  • Chizzle

    Devin the dude num.1

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      amen. maybe not #1, but y’all know i was comin on here lookin to ride for devin.

      jesse, you my hebrew… no devin? no bone thugs? lauryn’s not #1? did dana owens enter your mind at any point? this list is hurt.

  • JCLick

    Nate Dogg is great but he doesn’t rap. Reading is fundamental.

    • Chris S

      first verse of ain’t no fun (if the homies can’t have none). that could maybe count…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    DAMN FORGOT ALL ABOUT DEVIN THE DUDE…. MY BADD. MY BADD

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “SHE USED TO BE” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

    • El Tico Loco

      You always turn the volume up way way up, wouldn’t the volume be high from the last song you played?

      • PARIS PERSHUN

        HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA….. I TURN IT DOWN WHEN SWITCHING CD’S AND GATHERING MY THOUGHTS TO DISPLAY FOR THE WORL WIDE WEB….

        (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “ALL ABOUT YOU” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- ALL EYEZ ON ME)) WATS UP TUPAC JUST IN CASE YOU READIN THIS….

  • $ykotic

    Yo when are ya’ll gonna give Nate Dogg his props?

    And Missy?

    Keeping it funky, ain’t none of them 4 above(minus Lauryn) have had the success in rap singing more than Curtis.

    • WiLL_SiN510

      Chizzle & $ykotic make good points. No such thing as Top 5 I’m afraid, Missy, Devin and Nate both belong up there

      • $ykotic

        Real talk, I don’t speak on Devin because I feel that Dude is my PERSONAL homie who I blaze with. That cat stay with the fire.

        I support him like a per se, a connect.

  • no love just hate

    Another L Bone Thugs N harmony takes. These niggas can sing and rap.

  • El Tico Loco

    Phonte of Little Brother the best and most overlooked in this category.

    Kon Artist/Mr Porter was also overlooked.

    Novel

    And hate to say it but Gorilla Zoe too

    TPain and Nate Dogg are hook singers there’s no slash there.

    And if you heard Whitey Ford sings the blues and any Coka Nostra music you could see how Everlast belongs on the list.

  • sul

    lauren hill hands down / t pain doesn’t even sing are you retarded?

  • http://Aquilogy2.blogspot.com AQUILOGY

    Phonte/percy miracles

  • Tiiz

    No Pharrell??

  • escobar9300

    haha how you gonna have a list like this without big Nate Dogg? fail

  • fiddler

    T-Pain. his first record was called rappa ternt sanga. listen to karaoke or pree ringz mixtape if u don’t think dude can rap either.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      shit, t-pain even flexes on “shawty get loose”

  • JermZ Da$h

    Max B. Het got that

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    mos has done some good work, but top 5? come on.

    and that poison rendition = fail.

    i understand the everlast selection, but i don’t think he makes it either.

    lauryn & cee-lo might be 1 and 2, but where are devin the dude, bone thugs, queen latifah…

    yes, z-ro and phonte deserve mention too. i’m afraid to say dr-k- because kids coming home from school might hear and go nuts.

    i understand leaving nate dogg off for not being enough of a rapper, though.

  • RL

    I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING AT THAT PICTURE OF LAURYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jesus Martinez

    Devin the Dude, Pimp C, Nate Dogg, Mr. Porter, Z-Ro, and Wyclef all better than that list. Ghostface is pretty good at times too, so is Scarface.

  • Dub Sac

    Ghostface is my favorite rapper, but dude cannot sing. I don’t know where y’all are getting this from…

  • Moi

    worst sangers eminem (“my baby girl keeps gettin older”) and ice-t (“my friend’s addicted to cocaine”). nate dogg is not a great singer but the originator of that weird gangster r&b hook thing . . . he is/was great at what he does and shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • nycboy

    I can’t argue with the artists listed on this column, with the exception of Cee-Lo. Not because i don’t like his music but im not real familiar with him. One who i am familiar with who i would have to co-sign is Fiddy. Sure makes a better singer than rapper these days.

  • 206

    The Click’s Suga-T

  • BIGNAT

    cee-lo is number one and under him biggie don’t you guys remember he could carry a tune. also that playa haters joint had muthafuckers singing falsetto.

  • TonyStackz

    WTF??? Pimp C, Devin the Dude, N what about Curtis that muthafucka sings pretty good too even the NYPD appreciates his music LOL!!!!

  • Superstar Extraordinaire

    L Boogie is the shit; no better “sanga” than her

    Nate Dogg, Bone Thugs, are really good

    I heard MC Ricky D (Slick Rick) sing on a tennage love and he faired good

    Cee-lo is good too

    some people on here mentioned T-Pain…..no nigga auto tune singing does count….shit next muthafuckas gonna be sayin waynes gargoyle ass needs to be here lol no bitch

  • OG 912

    Damn nobody said Chamillionaire, thats real strange cuz he goes hard. and Of course Pimp C and Devin The Dude. Z-Ro shit is just so heartfelt, who can hate on that.

  • carolina boy

    “eff that, Alfamega should be number one on the list just for they way we was singing to the Feds. lol”…………………………….LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Ali

    Pimp C & Nelly should be on there….Nelly’s 1st album was sick! But that’s about it for him lol………….what about Chamillionaire? He should definitely be on there he’s underrated rapping & singing

  • East Point

    I’m just Glad my nigga Suga Baby Shawty Lo got his just due, Dungeon Family all day long.
    Also Dre my favorite artist of all time, but he can’t really sing he has alot of melody, his more melodic than anything.
    Nate Dogg is great and I fucks with dude, but he’s not a rapper which disqualifies him from this list.

  • Beast McCoy

    Why no love to the Queen? Queen Latifah that is. She had me open way back with “How do I love thee?” Plus Wyclef gets no love?

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Is that realy my baby miss hill in that photo,daaamn those marley suckers excluding bob

  • hot nixon

    where’s fiddy’s harmonizing ass at on this top five?

  • hot nixon

    where’s fiddy’s harmonizing ass at on this top 5 rap sangas list?

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Hold up… how the fuck could ya’ll forget about Smoke from Field Mob? That nigga stay harmonizing with just about every rap he does!