While emcees and rappers are mostly lauded for their lyrical capability, there’s something astonishing about having voice control, diversified delivery and for whatever reason, having a voice that stands out.

When discussing the art of rap, lyrics, record sales, popularity and winning infamous battles are often key ingredients. Hip hop critics very seldom consider an emcee’s voice an instrument as they would their R&B or soul singer counterparts. From accents to ad-libs to animation to baritone to simply being born with a unique voice, HotNewHipHop wants to recognize some of hip hop’s most distinctive voices.

While this should not be considered a complete list of rappers with unique voices, it nonetheless gives you a good scope, from newcomers to veteran MCs.