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Worst R&B Singers Who Rapped, Like…Ever

Trust me, one mic wouldn't help you here. You need more than one.

No Jon B. All you need is not just one mic.

Between Spotify and Complex, I could blow an entire day coming up with playlists and then reading some of the worst, entertaining lists of all time. Seriously, Complex has some of THE most asinine lists known to man. Well since lists and music are two of my passions in life – they’re my lady jams – I decided to put together a fun list that nobody seems to have thought about because, like, why would you.

But how did we get here? Let’s start at the top. Spotify rocks for many reasons, but mostly because you can listen to entire albums without having to wait for your song to come back around like Pandora. You can make lists, plug and play, and keep it moving. A few days ago, I decided to give a particular album a run. And this album included a rapped verse by the R&B singer who made the album. On the opening track. And it was terrible. And it made me realize that lots of singers decided to give rapping a try. Many of them were worse than Kobe Bryant in a song entitled “K.O.B.E.” featuring Tyra Banks. Y’all remember that right?

So the inspiration for this list is number on the list.

1. Jon B

Evidence? The song “Shine” from Cool Relax, a dope album even 16 years ago. Jon B. doesn’t get nearly enough credit for inspiring all the white boys out today, but without Jon B there is no JT or Robin Thicke. His music was dope, his songwriting was great and he was best friends with Myra Munkhouse. But he ALSO RAPPED on the side and on this particular song he actually said, “…got the type of body that got my mind manifested…”

Not only does this make zero sense…it makes zero sense. His entire verse, which maxed out at like 8 bars, sounded like what happens when you give monkeys microphones and a set of Beats By Dre headphones with Hit-Boy beats preloaded. Point is, Jon B, somebody you aint listened to in a hot minute, is one of the worst rapping R&B singers…ever.

2. Everybody who raps in New Edition

Which included Ralph, Bobby, Ronnie, and Biv. I’m pretty sure Johnny Gill never spit a hot 4 nor did Ricky from what I can remember. I can be proved incorrect obviously. Look, I love NE. You love NE. We all love NE. Good rappers they were not. I loved Bobby Brown but he even sucked on the “On Our Own” from the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack and he was the best rapper of the group. Or Ralph Tresvant with his “Ralph’s Rap” over “Sensitivity.” Point is…dope rappers…they were not. Hell, they weren’t even the best singers. Though I love them. Go NE!

3. Tyrese aka Black Ty

I like Tyrese. I think he’s entertaining. And as a singer? The man has hits. Legitimate hits. And he’s now in a group with Ginuwine minus P-90X and Tank, who has managed to make the same song over and over again. By the way, Tank’s version of the “I Can’t Make  You Love Me” is bawse. But Tyrese released a rap album. And it was bad. The entire album was him rapping about rapping.

4. Brandy

Y’all remember when Brandy was hellbent on becoming a rapper. On the Norwood family show she really tried to convince her momager that she had what it took to be a rappity ass rapper. Of course, nobody thought this was a good idea. Cuz yeah, this happened.

5. Blondie

I’m gonna cheat a bit here and throw the first rappin’ ass white woman on here from her song “Rapture” which KRS-One sampled for his song “Step Into A World”. I loved the song, but she was a terrible rapper. Even back then. Yeah. I said it. And yes this may make me a bad person, but “…DJ’s spinnin’…I said my my” is one of her lines. Even Soulja Boy go that sh*t.

This is harder than you may think…but who were the worst R&B singers who tried to rap? And open it up to anybody you can think of who was terrible. There’s a method to this madness here. Trust me.

Panama Jackson, checking out, don’t you want to know what this is about? Stick around then scream and shout! Wooooo….

Deep.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST

 

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Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • She Who Reads

    I really hate when R. Kelly does “gangster” rap, hence why I hated “Double Up.”

    Honorable mention: Trey Songz’s “Trey Day” album. Hilariously whack.

    • Oshun

      I’m a fan of Trey, and I ain’t never heard of the Trey Day album. Is it one of his many mixtapes?

      • She Who Reads

        Noooooo!!!!! It was his sophomore album. It was bad, really bad, probably why you’ve never heard of it. It had gems like, “Grub On” and “Store Run…” -______-

        • Oshun

          Lol. God help my boo.

        • panamajackson

          Wait…he rapped for a significant portion of it??

    • JayIzUrGod

      I hated TP3 for that sole reason.

      • She Who Reads

        Yes, that one, too!!! I wasn’t sure which albums he played the gangster role, and I thought it was TP3 as well, but I refused to go read the tracklists and get disappointed all over again.

        Also, Untitled.

        • JayIzUrGod

          I’m just saying…how you go from being the bald guy who wrote Seems Like You’re Ready & I Believe I Can Fly to a hood n*gga get his hair braided on the I Wish music video? Nope. Nope. Nope.

      • panamajackson

        Yeah…I started to put R. Kelly as 2-5, but I thought that would just be unfair, plus I figured we’d get more R. Kelly slander if I didn’t mention him at all.

        • JayIzUrGod

          R. Kelly deserves a list all to himself. The mere fact that a Black man has been allowed to be that schizophrenic for over 2 decades and STILL no one has been accurately able to call him on his bullsh*t is beyond hilarious.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      Even untitled I sorta liked even tho Superman high had to be the worst song I ever heard in my life

      • She Who Reads

        Sooooooo terrible. That was OJ the Juiceman, right? Kells plays too much sometimes.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

      Yeah, and add to the fact that his rapping has ALWAYS sucked.

      Remember the title track to his debut “Born In The 90’s”?

      Or “Homie Lover Friend (Original Version)”, “Freak Dat Body” and “Back To The Hood Of Things” on “12 Play”?

      However, he did somewhat okay on the double album “R.”. I actually him rapping alongside Foxy Brown on “Dollar Bill”- even if he did sound way too much like Mase, LOL!

      • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

        My favorite is “I Like The Crotch On You” …..so classy.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

          That song has levels of perversion even Glenn Quagmire couldn’t reach, LMAO!

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            giggity.

            • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

              Heh heh. Allllllright…

        • She Who Reads

          Stay classy, Summertime Chi. LOL.

    • Rachmo

      Trey Songz always makes me want to put on as many clothes as possible and stay away from the bedroom.

      • She Who Reads

        But “Yo Side of the Bed.” “Yo side, yo side, yo side, yo side. It’s lonely on yo side of the bed, where I lay my head…”

      • Oshun

        he ain’t make you wanna panty drop? c’mon now.

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      “I really hate when R. Kelly does “gangster” rap, hence why I hated “Double Up.”

      I just really hate RKelly.

  • Oshun

    -It wasn’t until some few months ago that I discovered Tank’s torso is closer to the earth, than the sky-which killed any and all fantasies, coupled with the fact that he got baby mama’s. But that man can SANG and WRITE.
    -I didn’t know Black TY was Tyrese’s alter ego for rapping. I thought it was his chosen name for giving advice to the black womenz.
    -Brandy needs Jesus back in her life.

    • JayIzUrGod

      Black Ty…tar baby…I can’t ever figure out what he wants from people.

      • Oshun

        I likes me some him. He is entertaining-esp. his advicing gift. He just wants your $$, that’s all.

        • helga_g

          true. I respect all forms of coin collection.

        • Rachmo

          I follow Tyrese on Twitter for his “special” advice

          • Oshun

            Tyrese is HILARIOUS. I always have tears after reading his twitter. Haven’t done that in a minute. I don’t know why women take him seriously. Just have fun with him. He just tryna help.

      • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

        Ya’ll seen the clip of Ginuwine fake lip synching or seizing (we cant be sure), and Tyrese shooting him the “this wack azz n*gga here” side eye?? Hilarity!! (at about the :24 second mark)…clearly Tank and Tyrese are carrying their group, Ginuwine is dead weight

        http://youtu.be/J3jiXetRl0o

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

          Tank wanted to laugh so bad

        • JayIzUrGod

          Elgin was sincerely on drugs that day. Maybe he was high enough to ride a pony that day.

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            HA!

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            Then he gon say he wasnt on drugs, it was a bad reaction to red bull….if by “red bull” he means “3 lines of coke and a molly” then sure!!

            • JayIzUrGod

              Dead.

        • Rachmo

          Watched this and cracked up. Black Ty’s side eye slayed me! Bahahaha

        • panamajackson

          Elgin looked like he was going thru some things. Sole got mad cuz he aint wash the dishes and he stormed out and ran into one of his Forrestville homeys…like Delonte West and the got high together and hit on Lebron’s mama or something.

          • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

            That’s quite the story you just made up there lol.

            • panamajackson

              I swear I heard that happened.

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            he looks like he needs to just sit down and let Ty and Tank do this R&B comeback lol…its like that awkward feeling you get anytime Bobby Brown actually shows up for a NE reunion show…its like uhhhhhh HEYYYY Bobby wassup!!!

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      Black Ty spitting more struggle bars on this tgt album smh

    • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

      Baby mamas? :( The dream. It is ruined.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

        Yeah, Tank runs through women like a hallway, LMAO!!!

      • panamajackson

        That cant possibly be surprising. Hell, Mos Def gots baby mamas all over. Womenz love them some rap sangin’ ass ninjas.

      • Oshun

        girl he is short too. I think he is like 4 9.

        • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

          you ain’t said nothing but a word. i’m 4’10”. no height? no problem! LOL

    • panamajackson

      Man, the Black Ty experiment was a 2nd album to one of his albums. It was a double album joint. and it was teeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrriblay.

  • MyHBCUExperienceSucked

    I love thugged out White Boys, so Jon B can get the business from me anytime. I’ll give him some fun times to rap about.

    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

      Your handle is sooo epic #NoHBCUForME

    • panamajackson

      I’m sorry to hear that youre HBCU experience sucked. It’s possible this comment was a double entendre. But not really.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    This post is tailor-made for PA.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Youtube links out the ass in 5,4,3,2,1

    • Todd

      Yeah…he’ll have me dig up some stuff I ain’t thought about in a decade.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

        Stay tuned- I will talk about the good, the bad and the ugly, LMAO!!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

      I heard that!!!!!
      *shakes fist*

  • I Am Your People

    Raz-B. And I’m SUPER mad at him for faking a coma for publicity. N*gga, just no. Just wait for “Noah Ark” to come back

    • Oshun

      hold up, so he wasn’t really in a coma? Imma need Iyanla to fixarize him.

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        Who goes in a coma from getting hit from a bottle…Chris Brown and Choirboy from 5 heartbeats lived

        • Oshun

          ayyyyyye! Listen. Stranger things have happened.

    • Todd

      Well, when you spent your teenage years having your manager run up all in those guts, it doesn’t portend well for your mental health. Dude needs to track down Jerry Sandusky’s victims so he would have some friends to relate to.

      • Rachmo

        Whaaattt? That’s crazy

    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

      He faked it?!?!?!?!! The nerve!!!!!!

      Speaking of, RIP Lee Thompson Young….couldnt tell me I wasnt gonna marry him when I was younger <3

      • sharitaatx

        ME TOO! JETT JACKSON!! ME STILL SO SAD! :( hell he grew up in to a nice looking man too! I saw him on his show when i was flipping through channels and I was like IS THAT JETT JACKSON? he can STILL get it! :P

    • panamajackson

      He claimed his publicist did that on her own after he got mollywhopped by a bottle in a club in Japan.

      • Oshun

        you know what surprised me the most is that he is still performing. Like what exactly is he performing? Bump Bump Bump? Amazing Grace how sweet the sound

        • Rachmo

          Bahahahahaha

        • panamajackson

          I’m with you. I was like…wait, folks went to a Raz-B show???

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            its a different world overseas…Horace Brown is still getting MUCH play in Australia…..I went to a club and he got up and performed….I knew the songs, but he was old and totally unrecognizable lol

            • Todd

              Ah, Horace Brown…Example #87974 of what A Tribe Called Quest said…Industry N*ggas is SHAAADY!

    • BreezyX2

      WHOAAAAAAAA….he faked it? I said a little prayer and everything for that ninja turtle and you mean to tell me he was faking?!?!? What part of the game is that?

  • JayIzUrGod

    Chris Brown…the obvious choice.

    Trigga Trey aka Trey Songz…as horrible as Breezy for the same reason…R&B thugs don’t exist

    Drake would be in this category..but somehow starting off as a mediocre singer/rapper into a mediocre singer/better rapper will leave a ? instead.

    Jerimiah…not happening.

    My personal favorite? TQ

    And Nate Dogg is hands down the best rapper/singer ever.

    • Jay

      Once again… Lauryn Hill is clearly the greatest rapper/singer ever. No one even comes close.

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        At all.

      • JayIzUrGod

        Understandable, but I regard her higher than just the best singer/rapper. I regard her as.one of the best musicians ever, and I think that far exceeds a simple title of “best rapper/singer”

      • b sweet

        True that Jay. True that.

        • Jay

          B Sweet what up! Long time…

          • b sweet

            Jay!! It has been a while. How have you been? You know you’re one of my favs, right?

            • Jay

              ;) Likewise.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      I wanna like jeremih but he has a worse identity crisis than Miley Cyrus

      • JayIzUrGod

        I have a sharp distaste for non-singing R&B singers who not only don’t have good voices for singing, but then talk real hood in the mic like they are about that life. Nah son..im not having it

    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

      -Nate Dogg was the best to ever ride the fence!!!
      -My heart ached when Trey woke up one day thinking he was a rapper. I want Just Gotta Make It Trey back, braids and all lol
      -I thought Jeremiah was a girl till I saw the bday secks video….soooo, yeah….

      • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

        Yess! (loved Just Gotta Make It) Why is it that The Skruggle makes the best music, and artists just go to isht when they get a lil food in their bellies?

        • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

          Its cuz they arent hungry anymore #SeeWhatIDidThere #DoubleEntendreSwag

        • Oshun

          At the end of the day, it is about the bottom line. What will keep that Lambo in your garage, groupies on speed dial? Struggle music or sexilicious music?

      • JayIzUrGod

        Nate Dogg goes down in history as the OG, nobody can mess with that voice.

        I’ve heard several mixtapes by Trey or him guest appearing on songs and each time, I really feel like he warrants getting shot in the face with a glue gun.

        Jeremiah…same thing…but I’m so dead at you thinking he was a girl

        • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

          I absolutely thought he was a lesbian r&b singer, then i saw the video like “OH. Jeremiah has a paynus”

          • JayIzUrGod

            Really? That is just hilarious and I really wish that your vision was real instead of the disappointing reality. Because then..his sh*try songs would be way more awesome.

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              yeah, cuz what the game is missing now is a sub-par lesbian artist lol #IseeYouAmandaPerez #NeverForget

              • JayIzUrGod

                You are a trip girl, straight Bahamas flight, I love it.

      • Oshun

        You know a lot of folks don’t know, but Trey Songz was originally a rapper FIRST. The singing came later under the advisement of management. His Paper Plane remix is the ish dot com though.
        Just Gotta Make It, Trey is not coming back. That would mean less $$ for him. His fans love the panty dropper lyrics.

        • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

          I was all about his Ready album, it was amazing…… Passion Pain and Pleasure was ehh, then it just got worse from there…..i went to his concert last year and he was bouncing all over the stage, brought out TI and Luda and DJ Drama–which isnt a bad thing, but I came for sanging, not a hip hop fiasco!! Why Trey whyyyyyy

          • Oshun

            Girrrrrrrrrl, his READY album, and Anticipation mixtape. YAZZ. Unfortunately, as much as I am a fan I would not attend any of his concerts. Performing live is not his strongest suite.(sp?!)

            • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

              his show was great when he was on tour with Usher….i paid rent type money to have 2nd row seats to THAT….but Trey gets none of my money for the time being, I bought that wretched last album of his, never listened to it more than a first skim-thru.

              • Oshun

                Urrrrgh, usher!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1 Perverted Alchemist

      Come on, Rewind! I liked TQ- he was Urban Mystic before there was an Urban Mystic, LOL!

      • panamajackson

        that’s just poppycock. Urban Mystic could actually sing like on some real down South ninja hard times voice steez. TQ…not so much.

      • JayIzUrGod

        PA, you are evil.

        Bye Bye Baby has to be one of the most cynical jokes ever laid on humanity.

    • panamajackson

      Hol’ up…Chris Brown actually ain’t a terrible rapper though.

      • JayIzUrGod

        By that logic, neither is Justin Bieber.

        lets be honest, we temper our expectations for good raps when singers try to rap. As long as it sounds somewhat coherent, we let it slide.

        Breezy is not a good rapper. Better than most singers who try, like Omarion, Trey, etc? Indeed. But lyrically…he sucks. Flow wise…he can ride a beat but I put that on singing.

        • panamajackson

          So he’s just as good as half these other cats out here rapping then.

          • JayIzUrGod

            I guess. I will give him credit that he gets better as the years go by

  • Msdebbs

    All of em & I never heard that Kobe track until today….wishing I never did. I’m all for ambition but some folk just need to stick to their natural born talent.

    • I Am Your People

      Have you heard Tyra’s song “shake your body?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlvYwVqjQcE You’re welcome

      • Msdebbs

        Lol….Thanks a bunch but I’ve already suffered enough.

      • Todd

        It’s actually more mediocre than good. At least the bad songs you can laugh at. This is kind of annoying more than something to laugh at. :)

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      Kobe can actually spit but Yea k.o.b.e killed any and all credibility he had

  • Frankly

    Trigga trey songz…yeah he’s pretty bad…he re-did “she will” and started off like “man the ni***s said i cant rap, aint this some shit”, and ended up proving their point. i think that was his mix tape….which basically sounded like he copied lil wayne and drakes style…or put correctly tried and failed.

    brah nobody’s hating theyre just making an honest assesment.

  • Frankly

    Trigga trey songz…yeah he’s pretty bad…he re-did “she will” and started off like “man the ni***s said i cant rap, aint this some shyt”, and ended up proving their point. i think that was his mix tape….which basically sounded like he copied lil wayne and drakes style…or put correctly tried and failed.

    brah nobody’s hating theyre just making an honest assesment.

  • kidvideo

    I always dug Ralph T’s rap on “Rated R” and the rapping on the “Word to tha Mutha” remix…but I get what your saying.
    The second white lady singer turnt rapper was Teena Marie, on her song “Square Biz”.

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