Who’s Your Favorite Singa Turnt Rappa?

It’s one thing for rappers to sing a little… But a whole other thing when singers rap.

I know this isn’t necessarily new. We’ve seen it before—R&B singers trying their hand at rapping. Remember R. Kelly’s attempt at etherizing Trey Songz on “I’m a Beast” or Ne-yo taking his turn on the oft-remixed “A Milli” beat? But I didn’t like it any better back then than I do now.

I am, however, willing to play devil’s advocate on the subject for the sake of this post…

If absolutely forced to choose, which R&B crooner would you say is the best at rapping?

CHRIS BROWN AKA C-BREEZY

Dear Virginia, Do you want your Chris Brown back? Signed, Los Angeles.

I’m just sayin. He’s jerkin, wearing a matching Raider’s hat and jersey (a nod to the early ’90s teenage rap duo Kris Kross, but still) and rapping alongside L.A.’s Tyga. Out of everyone on this list, though, Chris might be the nicest… Plus, he gets unrelated G-points for sending a resounding “fuck you” to his critics when he sang the National Anthem at the Mayweather fight this past weekend (who else peeped that Mosley came out to Rihanna?)

BRANDY AKA BRAN’NU

Is Flo Rida responsible for this?

That’s all I really want to know. You can’t just go taking former teen pop stars and turning them into rappers, Flo. But honestly, I’m not too worried about it. As often and as quickly as her mom sons her every time she even begins to mention her desire to pursue rap on the Brandy/Ray J reality show, I have no fear of her taking her attempts any further than YouTube (I’m turning a blind eye to this). But low key… She ain’t terrible. Although you might want to fast forward to the 2:21 mark to save yourself some Timbaland-inflicted agony.

TREY SONGZ AKA TRIGGA


Trey is the veteran out of this singa-ternt-rappa crew. He’s been freestyling over everything from “Run This Town” to Drake’s “Over” [above]. And making sing-songy remixes to everything from M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”  and Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” to Jasmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows” [skip to the 3:05 mark] to Beyonce’s “Ego.” But is he nice, though?

CIARA AKA CICI

We know she can ride but can she rap?

Actually wait no, who am I kidding, we know she can’t and honestly I’m really confused as to why she’s even trying. All those hours in the gym and all this time spent on highlighting her sex appeal in hopes of boosting her album sales and resuscitate her floundering career and she goes and does this. Ciara, to be honest, your singing, those sneakers and fitted hats you’re so attached to were never our most favorite things about you. Am I wrong? —Brooklyne Gipson
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  • King Don GUnit

    Chris Brown better go back to hiding out under a rock because after what he did to Riri…pssssh boy if I see you in the streets I’mma a do what that nicca did to Jeffrey Dahmer

    • mr. quiji

      are you really threatening a celebrity over a msg. board? SMFH @ these off brand niggas.

      • The Decatur Dictator

        There are losers everywhere. He probably cusses his moms out. Hypocrite.

        • King Don GUnit

          Cuss my moms out?! I have your mom swallowing a load of last names

        • The Decatur Dictator

          That’s your hand son, wake up!!!!

        • dj nice wit it

          dudes stay gettin son’ed on this site.

      • candace

        I agree lol

    • Rob

      You’re going to eat Chris Brown? U never said no homo…

  • RiZob

    R.Kelly is the best singer turnt rapper…all they way back when he was rapping on Aaliyah’s tracks, to the Best of Both worlds albums where he was OUT-RAPPING jay….real talk…

    • ri067953

      RiZob… could that be Robert Kelly’s rapping name? Only R. Kelly would say his rapping outshined that of Jay-Z

    • El Tico Loco

      Nobody got hot 16′s like Kells do.

      • El Tico Loco

        He be going in.

  • fastflipper

    all thoses regular no names joes need to stop about clapping chris brown ….do you really think rihanna gonna give a dman about no names broke guys ???

    trey and chris are the bests of the 4

    the 2 girls need to go sex tape way to come back

  • Nick

    What about Taylor Swift aka T-Swizzle

    LOL i love that video of her rapping with T Pain

  • Nick

    But really i like Chris Brown out of all these people mentioned and Brandy is pretty nice too…

  • HNIC

    Trey Songz easily wins this competition. Check out his D.O.A. Freestyle, too. Dude definitely went in. (NHJIC)

  • Tonystackz…

    Drizzy lol….DRAKE my personal favorite Fruit Cake Canadian teen drama television series actor Turnt Rappa….oh and he can sing too!!!

    • Anonymous

      yu mean drizzy drake rogers hes the best lol

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Who’s Your Favorite Singa Turnt Rappa?

    ^ Bobby Brown-’My Prerogative’ album. He rapped and sang on pretty much the whole project.

    Honorable mention-Bell Biv Devoe

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      WHAT UP $YK… I FOUND OUT SMOOTH B FROM NICE AND SMOOTH WROTE ALL BOBBY BROWN RAPS… AND MARY J 411 REMIX ALBUM WAS THE FIRST I REMEMBER SHE ROCKED WITH B.I.G….

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        I.B. what it do?!?!

        I had 2 look back at the album for that info…each 1 teach 1…

        “Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…”-Biggie

        p.s. Puba ripped that ’411′ (I see you down there J7M).

        PEACE

  • mav

    i voted for chris b4 i heard that trey over joint but i think that second verse on holla at me was kinda hot brandy really wasnt too bad i didnt hear the ciara shit and thats probably 4 the best none of em should try the shit full time though but they r better than some of these wack ass niggas

  • El Tico Loco

    Mary J Blige could hold a flow. And where does Quan, Left Eye, Phonte or Lauryn Hill fit in?

    • J-Dub

      Phonte is a rapper turned singer. He wouldn’t fit in this category.

      On a side note, I’m glad to see somebody give Phonte some credit. He the best of both worlds!!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    From the list…

    Trey songz

  • http://rockcandydiva.wordpress.com Jaz

    yea Brandy really isn’t bad. i’m not mad at her. thought that was some gahbage on timbalands part.

  • http://XXLmag.com Leroy Love

    Aye, the Godfather James Brown got to be somewhere on here. He started the whole thing to begin with….”Say it loud!!!!”

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    MARY J. BLIGE “WHAT’S THE 411?” ft. Grand Puba!!

    And I blinked twice when Erykah Badu kicked that verse with MC Lyte in the “Love of My Life” video.

  • Jon Dog

    None Of’em. This is a lame ass post.

  • brand-new

    i thought brandy was painfully wack, and i’m not just saying that because she ripped off my name.

  • Anonymous

    T-PAIN- KARAOKE…TAKE A LISTEN TO SINGER TURNT RAPPER

  • thatnigga

    T-PAIN- KARAOKE…TAKE A LISTEN TO SINGER TURNT RAPPER

  • ToMeK

    Their all meh but chose Brandy to go against the grain. Wouldn’t mind hearing her spit over something without the singing in there. I reckon her voice suits rapping, but she could use some better lyrics…

  • Zherow

    Yo, is this serious? Who ever put this list together didn’t do their research, as Trey Songz was rapping before he was singing (QUITE a while). I’ll have to go with Trey on this one, seeing as how he’s been doing it the longest and has the best bars of those on the list

  • http://j-mace,deviantart.com Shawty J

    I gotta give it to Trey here. I had already heard Trey rap on Drake’s Comeback Season mixtape, he did his thing on “Underdog.” I wouldn’t mind hearing Trey rap more often.

    On another note Ciara is the worse on the list, that was awful.

  • Anonymous

    Trey Songz easy, (sidenote R.Kelly is a fucking coon pedophile and should be in jail) go back and listen to Trey’s verse on Drakes Give Ya off The Comeback Season one of the greatest Singer Rap Verses in the annals of Rap Singin

  • jerjer

    Canadian rapper/singer Saukrates is pretty ill.

  • Iz

    I Iz a faggot!!!!

  • Iz

    I Iz a Faggot!!!

  • Heartbeat of 905

    Mike Posner

  • Chi Boogie

    Lol C.B but he beat that girls ass after he beat the pussy up B. So I’m going to say T -Wanyeeee !!!!No homo son

  • http://ww.myspace.com/lveracity Caleema aka eL Vee

    don’t like him as a person, but skill-wise, Chris Brown is the best one for this category ..his delivery is on point and more of a real rapper, wheras Trey Songz ends up doing his in a much more sing-song kind of way ..as a through-and-through rapper, only CB would fit into that box

  • Lund Phuda

    Tyrese is the man. Black Ty

  • JAY213

    ARE YALL SERIOUS HAVE YALL LISTENED 2 WAYNE SO LONG THAT ANYBODY THAT SOUNDS LIKE HIM IS A GOOD RAPPER CB IS STRAIGHT GARBAGE HE SUCKS AZZ

  • DoDaMathi

    Chris Brown Mos def had the better flow out of all of them.Brandy had the right direction but needs ta tighten up her shit. Trey songz that wasn’t even a fair comparison, if you wanna hear the man really spit listen ta “wonder woman” on his alblum “Trey Day” or his remix of Day N Night.Ciara I see what your tryin ta do and I’m a say it in the nicest way possible, this isn’t me tryin ta be a hater I’m saying this cause I care “PLEASE STOP WHAT YOUR DOIN”