Top 10 Best Male Rappers of K-pop Groups
K-pop music is not only attractive because of the powerful vocal lines that each group has. The rappers of each group are also displaying their true ability when it comes to rap. These male idols are praised for their breath-taking rap performances. You might not even believe that these pretty boys and handsome guys are the real-deal rappers!
With their talent, versatility, and unique style in rapping, here are the best K-pop rappers from 10 popular K-pop groups.
10. Ravi (VIXX)
Ravi, whose real name is Kim Won-sik, is the rapper of K-pop group, VIXX. He is talented, and his rap sounds different from the rest. He is intense, aggressive, and his voice is high-pitched than the others, which gives a more hyped-up feeling to the song. We can't deny the fact that Ravi has his own tone and style, and what's good about it is that he got the confidence and the character to hold it. In 2014, he collaborated with American artist Chad Future with "Rock the World" from Future's first mini-album. He also appeared in the music video for the single. Besides rapping, he is also notable for being the songwriter and composer of several VIXX songs.
9. Mino (Winner)
Song Min-ho, who is better known as Mino, is a rapper of the K-pop boy band, Winner. He was also a member of the underground rapping scene, under the name "Mino" or "Hugeboy Mino", collaborating with other underground rappers-turned-idols. His rapping style is definitely one of the coolest especially on stage. He performs like he's rocking his own world to the beat of the song. His performance on stage is superb, especially because you can see that he has strong confidence. He nailed the song 'I'm Him' with his rhythmic rap that goes well with the heavy beat. In December 2014, he collaborated with 2PM's Nichkhun, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, Infinite's L and B1A4's Baro to perform at the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejeon.
8. Il-hoon (BTOB)
Jung Il-hoon is a main rapper of the K-pop boy group BtoB. The group's dance-pop, ballad, and R&B beat is their music style, and Ilhoon's rap style perfectly matches with the group. His words are clear, his diction sounds great, and his choice of lyrics is also emotional. He is well known for his multiple song featuring with popular female artists such as Hyuna and G.NA. His cool voice and rap blends well with the girls' hot and sexy voices, which makes the listeners appreciate their collaborations to the fullest. He has also showcased his hosting skills as he took the role of an assistant MC in the variety show Weekly Idol. His handsome image lead him to become an actor of a TV series in 2015.
7. Zico (Block B)
While his image is like a cute, innocent boy in the music industry, Woo Ji-ho, also known as Zico of Block B is actually a manly guy and a good rapper. Complementing the group's original hip hop style, his rap is what gives the group's songs a very heavy bad boy feel. His flow of words is amazing - it's clear and it sounds good too! Even if he's doing speed rap, he can still maintain the rhythm well. He also have a smooth breathing technique, so his rap can go with the flow of a song with soft vocals. He is also notable for his successful crossover skills in the Korean hip hop scene: he is a producer of both K-pop and Korean hip hop music, and also known in the mainstream as a popular Korean idol.
6. Baro (B1A4)
The main rapper of the colorful, sunny, and youthful K-pop boy group B1A4 is Cha Sun-woo, who is popularly known by his stage name Baro. He has a wonderfully deep masculine voice that perfectly matches his band mate's smooth vocals, especially the high-pitched Sandeul and Jinyoung. His rap may not be as fast as a speed of a lightning bolt, but there's always an emotional feeling to his rap. His manly voice is somehow similar to Big Bang's Top. Besides, he also has good vocals and he can also sing a sweet ballad. Apart from singing, he is also noted for his acting roles in the drama God's Gift - 14 Days as a mentally-ill teenager, and also in Reply 1994 as Kim Dong-jun.
5. Chanyeol (EXO)
Another talented rapper hiding in such an innocent baby face is Park Chanyeol from the best-selling K-pop group of the decade, EXO. He can do fast and speed rap, which gives the song a cool, bad-boy feel. He can also do a rap that goes well with an energetic song. He's also amazing, because he does not only focus on his rap to have a heavy and strong image. His rap can also be accompanied by a lonely melody and give off a sad feeling just like in their song, Promise. Not only he can do rap, but Chanyeol is also credited for his songwriting and composing skills, hosting skills, and acting skills. He took a supporting role in the South Korean film Salut d'Amour in 2015.
4. Junhyung (BEAST/B2ST)
Yong Jun-hyung, who is commonly known as Junhyung and also known as Poppin' Dragon, and Joker, is a rapper of the boy group, Beast. He is not only an amazing rapper, but he is also a wonderful songwriter. He is credited as the songwriter and composer of the rap for many of B2ST's songs. His natural talent in words and composition made his rap lyrics become meaningful. His rap style, though it is not usually as fast as the others, is loved by many fans because it portrays honesty of emotions. He is a really good rapper that uses his own lyrics and puts his own emotions into his masterpiece, and there is sincerity in the songs that he is producing.
3. Yongguk (BAP)
Bang Yong-guk, commonly known as Yongguk, is a man born for hip hop. He is the rapper of the popular K-pop male group, B.A.P. Before he became famous as an idol, he used to be a well-known underground rapper under the alias of "Jepp Blackman". He has an amazing and deep voice, which easily gives out the feelings and emotions of the song. His style is simply smooth, with great flow and nice rhythm. Right now, he is considered as one of the best K-pop Idols due to his huge influence and contribution to Korea's hip hop music and culture. Besides rap, he also acts as a songwriter and producer for many of B.A.P's songs.
2. G-Dragon and TOP (Big Bang)
The best hip hop duo ever formed in the history of K-pop music is none other than GD and TOP. GD, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, is not only a talented rapper, but also a brilliant song writer. While Choi Seung-hyun, our beloved TOP, is a naturally gifted rapper. They are members of the group that drastically influenced the world with Korean pop - Big Bang. G-Dragon is one of the best among all the idol rappers because of is great flow, clear words, and versatile style. Together with TOP, who is recognized for his low-bass timbre rapping, these two Big Bang idols are the perfect hip hop duo pair ever. Because of their incredible talent, strong charisma, and perfect combination, they won the 2011 Melon Music Awards for rap and hip hop category.
1. Rap Monster, J-hope, & Suga (BTS)
If GD and TOP are the best rap duo, then Rap Monster, Suga, and J-hope is the best rap trio! They are the pride of BTS and is considered the best rapper line ever formed. With Rap Monster as the most skilled, most talented, and most intelligent, he can spit a fire of rap in a split second! When it comes to mind-blowing speed, clarity, and flow, no one can beat the real deal - Rap Monster. J-hope is also a brilliant rapper. Aside from his musical talent, he is as bright as his stage name. Rap Monster described him as a happy person. He said,“If I’m fire, J-Hope is water. he’s good at ‘turning off’ my bad habits." On the other hand, Suga is more than just a sweet-looking guy. When you hear him rap, you'll be amazed of his true talent! Even J-hope acknowledges his cool rapping skills and composition. More than that, Suga acts as the father of BTS because he’s in charge of fixing the things that Rap Monster breaks and scold the younger members when they make a mistake. Isn't the three of them got the best harmony in life and music?
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