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Oct 14 2008

Some of My Favorite Distinguishable Rap Voices Before the Year 2000 (With Audio)

Published by at 5:20 am under Music


I’m personally an 80′s and 90′s rap guy.   Unfortunately the rap of today doesn’t quite do it for me like it did back when I was in high school or even my early years of college.  Perhaps it’s that there’s too much freestyling today.  Or maybe because 10-20 years ago it felt like rap was more “musical?”

I’m sure many people would disagree with me, and that’s completely fine.  However, I’ll take “The Humpty Dance” over anything they got out there today, hands down.  So as I was reminiscing about days of rap that I used to like, it got me thinking.

Not only did I like the music, but the voices of some rappers had always been burned into my brain.  I mean when these guys hit the radio, you knew it was them.  With that in mind, here are 10 rappers whose voices you could never mistake for anyone else’s. Also, some amazing videos that will take you back.

Method Man

I came to bring the pain, hardcore from the brain.  Man was he a badass in his day.  I gotta say I like him as an actor but you can’t deny that voice.  It was amazing.


I’ve said it before.  I’ll say it again.  No voice was tougher than Everlast’s on the album Same as it Ever Was.  I think he might be the toughest man alive in that video.  So tough!


“Flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood.”  Man were there some disgusting lyrics on that album.  Maybe it’s all the dog barking sounds, but it’s nearly impossible to mistake DMX for another rapper.  Nearly?  No, it’s definitely impossible.

Chuck D

Has anyone ever noticed how weak sounding Chuck D is when he’s just talking and not rapping?   I will say that his voice in the song “Fight the Power” is for lack of a better word….Uncoached.

Tupac Shakur

I still say he’s in the top 5 rappers of all time.  And the voice is also in the top 5.

Notorious BIG

You gotta love the bubbly fat guy voice.  But Notorious had one that couldn’t be mistaken.  Oh yeah, he actual rapping skills were pretty damned decent too.

Easy E

Could anyone ever forget that high pitched, annoying, twangy voice?  No.  Man was this guy a funny rapper.


There was a like a three year stretch where Treach’s voice was a constant in my brain.  Where the hell is that guy now?

Gang Starr

King of the monotones.

Snoop Dogg

I can’t think of anything bigger than “Gin and Juice.”  Doggy Style is probably the most memorable rap album of my youth.  “W Balls! W Balls!”

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2 responses so far

  • Mike

    Good list but where’s nas, jay-z, ghostface killah, scarface?

  • Natty

    I think they’re more appropriate post 2000.



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