Top 10 Rap Covers By Non-Rap Artists

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9. Hayseed Dixie, "Roses"

This one looked bad on paper, but they managed to pull it off and had a blast while doing it. (That's what she said.) Forget everything you know about OutKast's version, "Roses" is now a frenetic hillbilly number. The chipmunk-voiced rapping at the end adds a comical touch.

8. Anthrax, "Bring the Noise"

As if the Bomb Squad didn't abuse the decibels enough on "Bring the Noise," Anthrax turns up the noise a few billion notches. It bumps. It grinds. It screams.

7. Jamie Cullum, "Frontin'"

This isn't as much a cover as it is Jamie Cullum simply being Jamie Cullum. What we mean by that is there's not much structural difference between the cover and Pharrell's original. Cullum didn't reinvent the song, he simply made it his own. If you're unfortunate enough to hear this version first, you'll probably end up hating the original. Equally fascinating is this version by Chad Hugo, Maroon 5, and Mos Def.

6. Tori Amos, "'97 Bonnie & Clyde"

When artists cover other artists they're showing respect. Tori Amos' cover of Eminem's "'97 Bonnie & Clyde, however, was more like a backhanded compliment to the rapper. By turning up the song's psychotic levels a notch and infusing it with dramatic effects, she effectively took a stance against its violent nature.

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