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Unplugged: Multitalented Rappers Who Can Actually Sing Without Autotune

Rappers are known for their lyrical prowess — but many of them can actually sing, too! These are the rappers who can sing without autotune.


Jan. 2 2024, Published 8:53 p.m. ET

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Hip-hop is a genre that is often associated with hard-hitting beats and brash verses, so it may come as a surprise to many people that there are rappers who can actually hold a tune without extensive audio engineering.

Here are some rappers who stand out from their peers for their ability to sing with or without autotune!

Rod Wave

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Rapper Rod Wave performs onstage during "The Beautiful Mind Tour" with Rod Wave; Ty Dolla $ign performs onstage during Safe & Sound Music Festival.

Ever since he made his big debut, Rod Wave has been enjoying a lot of success.

The "Heart On Ice" rapper created a signature sound by blending rap with melodic tunes in a way that inspires raw emotion. His distinctive voice tells stories of struggle, triumph, and everything in between. With a vocal range that extends beyond the typical rapper's sonic output, Rod has mastered the art of Rhythm and Trap.

Ty Dolla $ign

 Ty Dolla $ign attends 2023 Recording Academy Honors presented by The Black Music Collective
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Ty Dolla $ign's name has become synonymous with versatility because he has the ability to effortlessly navigate being a rapper and a singer.

His smash-hit collaborations with a variety of artists across different music themes showcase his vocal strength and highlight just how talented Ty is. Beyond his brilliance as a collaborator, he has also mastered the art of singing in a way that complements rap verses — regardless of what the song is about.

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has one of the most enduring legacies in modern hip-hop. This is partly because of her large and devoted fan base, but primarily because of her creativity and ability to crossover.

Throughout her career, Nicki has created songs that have underscored her singing voice in the most memorable of ways. Whether it's an R&B record or a hip-hop song, she definitely knows how to hold a key and stay in tune.

In an interview with Andy Cohen, the New Yorker shared how impactful certain singers were to her childhood.

“I don’t think people realize how much singing or singers like Whitney [influenced me]. Whitney’s first album, I know it front to back,” she said. “I was such a little kid, but I would be with my aunt all the time on the weekends and we would play it on the actual turntable, and it was one of the most fun parts of my childhood, so I have a real connection to her."

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Blxst attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns at Crypto.com Arena

Blxst, born Matthew Dean Burdette, is one of the West Coast's finest as his sonic palette is both impressive and easy on the ears.

This California native also has an impeccable ability to incorporate elements of R&B elements into his signature rap style to create a sound that is both memorable and unique. Some of his best vocal works include "Chosen" and "Overrated," each of which proves his lyrical finesse and ability to harmonize.


Former Degrassi rapper Drake is definitely known for his vocal and lyrical ability. In fact, singing has been an integral part of Drake's musical journey.

From the beginning, Drake impressed listeners with his smooth and melodic vocal delivery, which is frequently accompanied by emotionally charged lyrics.

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