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Six Rappers Who Could Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

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By wtlorin

Everyone is inching to be seen at this year's Super Bowl in the MIA. What better way to leave your mark than sing the National Anthem for prime time. After Swae Lee asked to audition, we compiled six rappers we see doing the country's ballad justice.

1. Erykah Badu

Singer Erykah Badu
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Most know the neo-soul songstress for her jazz-inspired vocals and calling "Tyrone;" but, the versatile artist began her career early as a lyricist. While the public may not have heard her rhyme until 2002's "Love Of My Life," she's been a bonafide rapper from jump. Remnants of Badu's wordplay can be found on interludes and skits throughout her discography. She would provide a next-level, funkdafied version of the "Star Spangled Banner" which could be a mix of whatever genre she's feeling that day.

2. Lauryn Hill

Singer/rapper Lauryn Hill
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Ms. Hill is idolized as being able to sing and rap quite well, emerging on the scene as part of the hip-hop trio The Fugees. They cascaded in the mid-90s with their enormous sophomore project "The Score" which spawned hits like "Fu-gee-la" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Hill shinned as both a songstress and lyricist within the group, but she displayed her solo prowess on the Grammy-winning "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." A legend in her own right, she would bring a solid soul-stirring tremble to the words of the anthem.

3. T-Pain

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The vocal feature and pen artist of the early 2000s, T-Pain manufactured a career like no other. With his infectious hooks and undeniable talent, he laced the hottest artists with hit after hit, cementing his place in R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop music history. Even without the autotune gimmick, the "Buy U A Drank" rapper-turned-singer can carry a tune as we saw on the first season of The Masked Singer. Plus he gets points for hailing from Florida. Miami is only a hop-skip-and jump from the Super Bowl's Miami location. Let him represent his state.

4. Queen Latifah

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All hail the queen. Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah has been flooding radio and airwaves since the 1980s and she hasn't let up yet. Besides her lengthy TV and film career which includes Oscar and Emmy-nominated roles, she is an icon for women in hip-hop and entertainment.You may have most recently remembered her in Fox's now-defunct "Star," where she proved she has the pipes to belt the "Star-Spangled Banner" with the best of them.

5. Drake

Rapper Drake
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Pop music's biggest artist isn't the most complete singer. Aubrey's vocals are definitely more suitable for an emotional day at the gym, or a reflective Instagram post while pre-gamming with friends. But it's just enough to draw viewers to the tube. The production would be awesome. Even probably sampling one of his favorite deceased artists, or a 90s R&B cover re-purposed. It would be a new take on the centuries-old song.

6. O.T. Genasis

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Now hear me out. Before you say no, just go with it. It's clear that OT wants to be taken seriously as a singer. His cover of Keyshia Cole's "Love" was received well across the country. A true viral moment. Isn't that the magic the Super Bowl is looking for? Not so much actual talent, but spectacle and entertainment. His acquired sound would bring new heartfelt emotion to a song many may not have experienced prior. It could be life shatter-- i mean changing.

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