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16 Rappers You Didn't Realize Love Anime 

Leo Reyna
Updated April 17, 2020 6.1k votes 1.5k voters 66.3k views 16 items

There's an anime fan inside everyone. Sure, it may seem hard to imagine, but that famous actor you're watching on the big screen or that popular artist you're listening to on Spotify is probably a big anime fan like you. The hip hop world, in particular, is home to some of the biggest anime fans in the music industry. However, that's not really a big surprise, as anime and manga resonate strongly with the African American community. In this list of hip hop artists, you'll see how anime influenced the personal lives and musical work. 

Ready to have your mind blown? Here are 16 rappers you didn't realize love anime. Want more shocking anime facts? Make sure to check out 15 celebrities who are surprisingly into anime


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When he's not spending time with his anime waifu Neptune, Snoop Dogg has been known to show off some anime love to his fans. In an Instagram post he wrote, "#naruto aint over yet. Its snooprutos turn!"

The Instagram video featured a cartoon version of the rapper dressed as Naruto smoking weed, because it's Snoop Dogg.

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RZA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Rappers You Didn't Realize Love Anime
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The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA isn't just an anime fan, he's an anime composer. He scored the hip-hop soundtrack of the Afro Samurai anime series and movie sequel, Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

In his book, The Tao of Wu, he cites Dragon Ball Z as the perfect allegory for growing up Black in America. 

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Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Rappers You Didn't Realize Love Anime
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While Lupe Fiasco may have said he watches more anime than Childish Gambino, that doesn't make the former Community star any less of a fan.

In the 2011 song "My Shine," Childish Gambino throws a Dragon Ball Z reference into one of the verses: “Honesty, I’m rappin’ ’bout everything I go through / Everything I’m sayin’, I’m super sayin’ like Goku."

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Robb Bank$
Robb Bank$ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Rappers You Didn't Realize Love Anime
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"With f*ckin' sand covering our bodies, I feel like motherfucking / Gaara," is a verse from "Refined" by hip hop artist Robb Bank$. Bank$ isn't just a casual fan of Naruto but a diehard fanboy of the series.

He delivered a bit of a diss at Dragon Ball Z when Nylon asked him if he preferred the Akira Toriyama series over Naturo. "Naruto, I gotta say. People be hating me for that sh*t but people are biased when they say Dragon Ball Z," Bank$ said. "It’s only because that’s the first anime they watched. It was great, Goku, blah blah blah, but it’s an old-a** anime, man. That shit is old as f*ck. Plus, Naruto has a better story than Dragon Ball Z. Naruto is really one of the best animes I’ve ever read in my life."

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