15 Times Idol Rappers Impressed Us With Their Singing Abilities
Rappers are always praised for writing great lyrics and delivering flawless bars, though some people might not be as familiar with their musical talents beyond the rap game. But as a matter of fact, and albeit being an unpopular opinion, some of them can actually sing just as much as they can rap.
Behind these artists’ raw image lies a surprisingly serenading voice. Be it an original song or a dedicated cover, here are 15 times idol rappers impressed us with their singing abilities.
1. Block B’s Zico – “She’s A Baby”
It is no secret that Zico is a man of many talents. Usually known for his solid reputation as both an underground rapper and an idol rapper, the idol doesn’t shy away from showing us a softer side of himself through this chill track.
2. EXO’s Chanyeol – “Creep” (Radiohead cover)
If you weren’t aware of Chanyeol’s singing abilities, you’re in for a treat! The rapper has blessed us with a few gems such as his OST collaboration for “Goblin” with Punch. Another one would be one of two songs that he beautifully covered on “Party People.”
3. Jessi – “Don’t Make Me Cry”
On top of her ferocious flow, Jessi has one more outstanding attribute: her powerful vocals. In this R&B release, you can vividly feel her soulful singing through the heart-wrenching lyrics.
4. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon – “Untitled, 2014”
G-Dragon is a one-of-a-kind artist that can pull off every musical style. Unlike his previous solo comebacks, he went for a rather melancholic title track where we got to explore more of his melodic voice.
5. GOT7’s Jackson – “Dawn Of Us”
Famous for his deep voice, Jackson has got us hypnotized with his heavenly music. Plus, ever since he launched his solo career, we’ve been getting more than we could ever ask for.
6. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul – “In My Room”
Coming from a group known for their vocal slayage, Moonbyul’s name is bound to be on the list. Although she’s mainly in charge of rap, the fresh soloist made sure to showcase her delicate voice through this heartfelt ballad.
7. BTS’s J-Hope – “Daydream”
If you’re still sleeping on Hoseok’s singing, this is your wake-up call! The hopeful rapper officially upgraded to sub-vocalist and surely earned the title. On top of lending his voice to a selection of BTS songs, J-Hope also graced us with his raspy vocals on his upbeat solo debut track!
Beyond the savagery we see in Jooheon’s rap, there is a lively sound that is both cheerful and soothing at the same time. The gifted rapper also happens to have a mesmerizing voice, which is literally music to our ears. (The song starts at 1:15)
9. BLACKPINK’s Jennie – “Black”
Prior to her debut as BLACKPINK’s main rapper, Jennie was first revealed during her trainee days through an impressive share of musical appearances. Her emotional chorus which was featured on G-Dragon’s “Black” was one of her most notable works back then.
10. SEVENTEEN’s S.Coups – “The Man” (Monday Kiz cover)
Fun fact about SEVENTEEN’s leader: Not only did S.Coups originally audition as a potential singer, but he also passed successfully! Listen to a nostalgic snippet of the song that granted him his dream of becoming an idol. (1:30-2:02)
11. Highlight’s Junhyung – “Stalker” (10cm cover)
Another rapper who blows our mind with his honey voice is Junhyung. His tangible talent will get you fully immersed as you listen to his moving cover of 10cm’s “Stalker.”
12. f(x)’s Amber – “Beautiful”
There are many ways for an idol to kickstart their solo career, and Amber chose to wholeheartedly mirror her talent with a graceful acoustic performance of “Beautiful” on her debut stage.
13. B.A.P’s Zelo – “Shine”
B.A.P’s maknae proved that he is more than just a rapper when he wrote and performed an English song just for the fans during B.A.P’s 2017 “Party Baby” world tour.
14. INFINITE’s Dongwoo – “Reunion in Memory” (Cho Yong Pil cover)
Underneath this knight’s shiny mask hides an eminent musical mastermind. Dongwoo captivated the audience with his charismatic voice while performing Cho Yong Pil’s song on an episode of “The King of Mask Singer.”
15. EXID’s LE – “I Ain’t Going Home Tonight” (Navi cover)
LE’s distinctive vocal tone is undeniably the talk of the town! Upon her participation on “The King of Mask Singer,” the rapper and producer seized the moment and entertained the crowd as she perfectly delivered Navi’s “I Ain’t Going Home Tonight.”
Which rapper’s vocals surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.