When it comes to karaoke, doing a rap song would seem easier, right? You don’t have to actually sing. But rap can have its own challenges; you have to go at a certain cadence and there are times that you will need to spit a rapid-fire verse. You still might have a hard time doing this even if the words are right there in front of you.
If you feel REALLY confident in your rap ability, you could try Eminem’s “Rap God.” He only set a Guinness World Record for the fastest rap. Either that or his “Godzilla” song will give both your mouth and brain a workout.
Otherwise, here are 21 rap karaoke songs that are a little easier and should have you thoroughly enjoying your time up there.
1. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
This was on his “comeback” album. It was released in 1990. You can flex your own bravado when you snarl the opening line, “Don’t call it a comeback…” and go from there.
2. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Want to get motivated? Rap this song from the 8 Mile movie soundtrack at karaoke—it’s going to make you want to go out and do things with your life afterward.
3. Can I Get A… – Jay Z
This one is great for friends, especially when a girl is in the group. The song was a big hit, and it’s from the Rush Hour soundtrack. You can even imitate Chris Tucker’s swiveling of his head from side to side to the beat.
4. Nuthin’ By a G Thang – Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Dogg
You and a friend can show off your laid-back sides here with this classic from the 1990s.
5. California Love – 2Pac Featuring Dr. Dre
Over the years, Dr. Dre has matched up with some legendary artists such as 2Pac. Here’s another one from the 90s archives.
6. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.
If you are feeling silly, you could do Weird Al Yankovic’s “Amish Paradise” instead. Just make sure Coolio is not in the audience. He reportedly hates the song and any parodies of it.
7. Regulate – Warren G Featuring Nate Dogg
Don’t strain your vocal cords trying to imitate Nate Dogg’s gravelly voice if you don’t have the range. You will feel it in the morning.
8. Without Me – Eminem
Yes, Eminem made this list twice. It’s a given, seeing how popular his songs are. For a while, he was the biggest name in the rap game… and he made it known in this song. You can be a bit goofy here, too.
9. In Da Club – 50 Cent
You don’t have to work out 25 hours a day and be as buff as 50 Cent is to enjoy rapping this song.
10. Bust a Move – Young MC
Harken back to a time in the late 80s when rap was more fun and not about putting each other down. So grab the mic and go “Bust A Move.”
11. The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Here’s another goofy song where you can just bop around having fun. You don’t have to don glasses with a big fake nose either… but it would be a fun look to show at the karaoke club.
12. Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
Now you are going to go way back with this song. “Rapper’s Delight” was the genesis of the rap movement in the early 1980s. You can imagine yourself as a pioneer as you rap this song.
13. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
You can indulge your naughty side as you bounce around the karaoke club. Monkey suits are very, very optional here, but it would make for a memorable time.
14. It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
This will also take you back to an earlier time when rap was fun. You can be the boastful Rob Base moving to the infectious beats.
15. Rumble in the Jungle – Fugees Featuring a Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes
This song is in When We Were Kings, a documentary about the Muhammad Ali and George Foreman heavyweight championship fight, The Rumble In The Jungle.
16. It Was a Good Day – Ice Cube
This is a happier Ice Cube song. You can revel in the fact that you, too, had a good day. Especially if you get a high score from the karaoke machine.
17. Just a Friend – Biz Markie
Are you unlucky in love? You can mask that pain with this timeless rap classic. Be sure to stretch out the “you, got what I need” part for an extra comedic effect.
18. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
No matter what season it is, you can bring warm vibes out with this classic 80s rap hit. In case some of you don’t know this, The Fresh Prince is Will Smith. Remember him in happier times before he slapped Chris Rock in 2022.
19. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
You don’t have to wear matching varsity letter jackets to do this song, but it would be funny to see.
20. It’s Tricky – Run DMC
Run DMC was another pioneering rap group, and they also help bring Aerosmith back from the dead by collaborating on “Walk This Way.” Remember the late Jam Master Jay as you do this one.
21. Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc
Here’s another loopy 80s song to close out this list. It’s fun to try to imitate Tone Loc’s growly voice.
These are just some rap songs that are great for karaoke. You can always go create your own list – that is the beauty of music.
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