In recent years, rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J.I.D. have popularized the nasally rap delivery while Young Thug and SahBabii have transcended that to reach pitches that would rival marine animals. Sometimes, you just need to listen to a rapper with a little bass in their voice. The real Salty Spitoon types. This list of best rappers with deep voices is just that - rappers with booming deliveries and strong presence on the mic.
Of course, New York rappers Pop Smoke and 50 Cent have to make the cut. Often compared to each other, both boast gruff voices to match their gritty lyrics. Another prominent rapper on this list is Freddie Gibbs, whose diverse discography includes a variety of flows and even singing with his low tone. This list also includes female rappers like GloRilla, whose ambiguous voice and tough delivery makes her popular with both male and female fans.
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Before being tragically gunned down in 2020, Pop Smoke was one of the hottest rappers in modern hip-hop. His naturally guttural vocals complimented his chosen harsh drill beats perfectly. His posthumous debut album was executive produced by New York legend 50 Cent and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
If there was a Mt. Rushmore of rappers, there's no doubt The Notorious B.I.G. would be on it. With his booming voice matching his large frame, Biggie's voice is easily one of the most recognizable in hip-hop history. Along with his tone, the Brooklyn rapper also had a lisp and slightly slurred his words. These distinctions were looked down upon in the 90s when Biggie was first coming up, but would probably be considered attractive quirks today.
Maybe less “deep” and more “rough”, DMX made a name off of his unique voice and of course, barks. Interestingly, the late rapper's distinct voice was caused by the untreated bronchial asthma he suffered as a child. Oftentimes, firefighters had to climb several flights of stairs to treat him when his condition was particularly bad, which inspired a young DMX to want to become one.
Nowadays, you can see 50 Cent act as a lovable guest host on The Drew Barrymore Show, which can make it easy to forget that this man was the foremost gangsta rapper of his day. In the early 2000s, 50 Cent popularized this style of rap with his descriptive pictures of life on the streets and had the voice and credibility to back it up.
Easily one of the greatest underground rappers of all time, if not the greatest, MF Doom's signature husky voice was able to perform vocal acrobatics over Madlib's production. The mysterious figure kept his identity and face well hidden throughout his career, ensuring fans were focused on his voice and rhymes more than anything else.
Tyler, the Creator has been outspoken about how much he dislikes his voice. He believes it has been one of the barriers he faces to true mainstream success. Indeed, it can be an interesting juxtaposition to hear Tyler's low, low tone describe the tender moments of his life scattered across 2017's Flower Boy but most fans find his voice endearing. In fact, in his early and more provocative days of Odd Future, his voice set him apart and worked extremely well for their edgy concept.