Godilla is an emcee from Easton, PA. He earned an impressive resume from collaborating with talents artists such as Chino XL, Sha Stimuli, King Magnetic, Reef The Lost Cauze, and many others. In 2006, Godilla released the album, Highlights Of A Lowlife, with producer Reign Supreme. In 2009, he released Jaguar Paw with features from Edo G, DJ Kwestion, Snowgoons, UG (Cella Dwellas), Mr. Voodoo (Natural Elements), and more. In 2012, Godilla released Battle Beast: A Prelude To Human Zoo with features from Nine, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, L.I.F.E. Long, C-Rayz Walz, and more.
Will is a hip hop producer, originally from Philadelphia and now residing in Minnesota. He is a member of the hip hop production duo, LEVEL 13, along with his brother Steve. They have produced for great artists such as Ras Kass, Chino XL, Jakk Frost, Kool G Rap, Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Baby Black, and many others.
Apollo Brown is a hip hop producer from Detroit, MI. He began making music in 1996, graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Business Administration, and immersed himself in the hip hop community. He formed a production group with Bronze Nazareth called Black Day In July. In 2007, Apollo released an instrumental album, Skilled Trade, followed by Make Do in 2009. After winning the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships in 2009, he signed with the Mello Music Group as a producer. In 2010, Apollo released The Reset, a series of remixed tracks with new music and verses by Rapper Big Pooh, Black Milk, MED, Grap Luva, Kenn Starr, Oddisee, Diamond District, and more. That same year, he released a collaborative album with Boog Brown called Brown Study, and a group album with The Left called Gas Mask. In 2011, Apollo released the instrumental album Clouds and a collaborative album with Hassaan Mackey called Daily Bread. In 2012, Apollo released his biggest album to date, Trophies, with O.C. of D.I.T.C. Several months later, he released Dice Game with Guilty Simpson.
Steve is a hip hop producer from Philadelphia, PA. Together with his brother Will who lives in Minnesota, they are the production duo LEVEL 13. The two have provided production for Kool G Rap, Ras Kass, Cashis, Chino XL, Rampage, Jakk Frost, Jus Allah (Jedi Mind Tricks), Baby Black, and many other artists.
Rappers are often criticized for their lyrics, unfulfilled potential, and an unlimited assortment of other subjective opinions by journalists. There are, however, exceptions to the rule with certain rappers that make you bite your tongue and think before speaking. Thanks to LuvJonez for compiling a list with TheBeeShine of the ten most intimidating rappers.
Known for being incredibly active in social justice and keenly politically aware about world cultures, Tech is intimidating because of his militant stance against the powers that be. His albums feature images of assassinated politicians and share stories of rape, thug life, redemption, and activism in a lethal mix of messages. Though short in stature, his spirit and presence, combined with his outfit of army fatigues make his work larger than life.
Hailing from the impoverished city of Detroit, Trick Trick emerged in recent years as a grimey, thug rapper with notable connections. His first album helped pave the way for his intimidating presence, as it featured a series of mug shots, a court order, and an angry expression on his face. After recording features by Eminem and Proof for his debut album, Trick Trick appeared to be an unknown artist until research showed that he’s sold 2 million albums independently. There’s no question that Trick Trick knows how to be a businessman and make things happen his way.
Though all of the No Limit crew from the 90s seemed to be locals from Master P’s neighborhood, P’s brother Corey aptly rapped under the name C-Murder. He rapped about thug life, talked about guns, had gun tattoos, and even murdered someone during a nightclub brawl at the peak of his success. C-Murder projected a grimey image, and a life sentence in prison would solidify him as one of the most intimidating rappers.
The name Bumpy Knuckles alone conjures images of post-fight scars and bleeding, but Freddie Foxxx has gone to great lengths to establish his tough guy persona. His voice always sounds angry, and combined with his linebacker-sized frame, witty but hardcore approach to the microphone make Bumpy an intimidating emcee. He is also part of a biker gang and has worked with the WWE as a rapper/producer on projects in the past, all contributing to his brand of “smack you in the face” rhymes.
Billy Danze and Lil Fame have built a career out of being the heavy metal equivalent of angst-ridden, alcoholic, gun-toting rappers defending their BKNY stomping grounds. The name Mash Out Posse certainly makes you think that they would jump you in broad daylight to get what they needed, and the fact that they continue to ride with that theme today and still cause fear and respect from fellow emcees is a testament to the fact that no one can do it like them.
Chino XL has been rhyming since 1986 and has built his legacy from intimidating wordplay and his physique. He has always looked like a combination of The Rock and a muscle-bound Cholo who would rather rip your head off your shoulders than get into a rap battle, but he could easily do both. He’s enjoyed success as an actor while still recording with Viper Records, operated by the equally intimidating Immortal Technique, a testament to Chino’s long lasting rhyme skills.
X has always seemed like an unstable emcee, capable of crying on stage in front of thousands of people and stabbing you in the chest at the same time. His mix of deeply personal rhymes, introspective lyrics, and “tear the club up” anthems made him a great entertainer. However, off stage he stole cars, maintained a stable of pit bulls, went to prison more than a few times, and was frequently affiliated with guns and drugs. These factors alone make him seem like it’s best to be on his good side.
Jayo made noise in his early career on the west coast with Crip-influenced battle rhymes and tough talk, and even had a short run on Def Jam Records. He always seemed to roll as a one man army despite gang connections and his fearless attitude to approach or fight any emcee over disagreements. With a nickname like One Shot Kill, Jayo is a respected emcee whether earned or taken.
Busta’s track record of radio hits, wild energy, overly opinionated interviews, Barry Bonds-like build, and tendency to point in others faces when upset makes for an unpredictable and intimidating emcee. He has a long legacy of paving his own lane and has maintained his hundred-syllable rhyme schemes with great fortune in the modern era of strip club, Euro-dance anthem Top 40 rap charts.
Though Sticky has moved away from rapping in recent years, he was always the most charismatic member of Onyx. His shameless “mad face invasion” chants, crooked eye, and teeth-gritting agony in his rhymes made him seem like a loose cannon not to be messed with. His desire to beat and mangle bootleggers with no apologies for his intensity made fans both love him and afraid to ask for an autograph.
DJ JS-1 is a turntablist and producer from Queens, NY. Starting out in the late 80s, he is one of the few remaining hip hop DJs that produces his own albums, tours the globe, releases quality mixes, and maintains a high level of integrity. As a member of the Rock Steady Crew and partner with Rahzel, the world’s most famous beatboxer, JS-1 has toured the globe performing over 1,200 shows in over 40 countries. He has additionally toured with KRS-One and has appeared on television in multiple countries, known for scratching with his foot. JS-1’s Ground Original album series includes songs from hip hop pioneers and underground lyricists as “all-star lineup” collaborations over his production. Check out his mixes on Blogspot and performance videos here. In 2011, JS released the album, No One Cares: Ground Original 3, and is finishing his upcoming album, It Is What It Isn’t.
Ras Kass is an emcee from Watts, CA. His 1994 single, “Remain Anonymous”, earned him a Hip Hop Quotable in The Source Magazine. With guest appearances on projects from Sway & King Tech, Chino XL, and KeyKool & Rhettmatic, Ras Kass became a name to look out for. His first album, Soul On Ice, was released in 1996. Taking the name from a book by Eldridge Cleaver, Ras addressed racial relations most notably with songs “Ordo Abchao” and “Nature Of The Threat”. The 1998 follow-up album, Rasassination featured production from Easy Mo Bee and features by RZA, Twista, Xzibit, Mack 10, and Dr. Dre. Ras Kass was also involved in The HRSMN, consisting of himself, Kurupt, Killah Priest, and Canibus. They released The Horsemen Project in 2003. Ras Kass has released several projects over the years, solidifying himself as one of the top lyricists in the history of hip hop music. He is featured in the 2011 film Rhyme & Punishment, which documented incarcerated rap artists.
From Kansas City, MO, Tech N9ne is currently the most successful independent artist in the world. Some of his early influences are Slick Rick, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Schoolly D, The Doors, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, AC/DC, Metallica, Floetry, OutKast, and Gnarls Barkley. In 1991, he was a member of a group called Black Mafia, and saw glimpses of success in the group 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains with their single “Let’s Get Fucked Up”. In 1999, Tech was featured on the song “The Anthem” by Sway & King Tech, along with RZA, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, KRS-One, and Kool G Rap. Later that year, Tech N9ne and Travis O’Guin founded the record label Strange Music. In 2001, Tech released the album Anghellic on JCOR Records. In 2002, he released Absolute Power, which debuted #79 on the Billboard 200. In 2006, Tech released the album Everready, foliowed by a collaboration album, Misery Loves Kompany. In 2007, Tech released Killer, which exceeded the one million mark of total album sales. In 2009, Tech won the Left Field Woodie Award at the MTVU Woodie Awards. He is also scheduled to be featured on Lil Wayne’s upcoming album Tha Carter IV.
R.A.W. is an emcee from New Brunswick, NJ, focused on the daily struggle over any image or materialistic possession. He represents the group, Forever Hitz, influenced by 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and Joe Budden. R.A.W. seeks to inspire the masses in a positive way by accepting his wrongs and showing his consistency and determination. His articulate expression comes to life on his debut album, The Meal Ticket.