Somewhere in the history of rap and hip-hop a best beard competition was born. It is now common practice for hip hop artists to abandon the shaving cream for good, preferring to free-style from behind a full beard much to the delight of aficionados like OptimusBarba.com everywhere. There are some that have dabbled with facial hair over the years, but this list is just for the hard core hip hoppers who have never abandoned their rugged look.
Rick Ross – Rick compensated for his bald head by letting all his hair come out from the chin. From the look of things he’s never taken a Mach 3 to his face, even though he’s often heard screaming Maybach to whoever will listen.
Freeway – Maybe it’s from his multiple stints behind bars that showed Freeway how to grow a beard, because by the looks of things he’s never touched any kind of grooming product before. He should get into it. Here’s some we love to rock.
Jakk Frost – This rap master hails from Philly, where his epic beard is able to keep him from getting frosty on a cold winter night.
Joe Budden – Joe may seem light in comparison to his many bearded hip hop buddies, but that only means that his beard stands out as being one of the best groomed of the bunch.
?uestlove and Black Thought – ?uest has the full look going on, while Black Thought prefers the goatee, but both play the part of “All the best musicians sport the beard, didn’t you know” to a tee.
Stalley – Stalley should release a rap Christmas tribute, as he has the perfect Santa beard going on underneath his signature ball caps.
Raekwon – Ever since he got into the 36 Chambers, Raekwon has been showing his love by keeping a perfectly trimmed beard adorning his chin.
Method Man – Okay, now here’s a hip hop artist who definitely has some method to the beard madness. This guy’s beard shows that he has mastered the art of using a beard trimmer as well as his mic.
Tech N9NE – The emperor beard dates all the way back to ancient Japan, but on Tech it looks fresh and new.
Action Bronson – The only white guy on the list (what’s up with the baby face Eminem?) Action has an epic beard that is almost as shocking as his lyrics.
Suge Knight – Short like his temper and to the point like his raps, Suge sports a beard that makes beard trimmers proud.
The beard has arrived in hip hop, and is not going anywhere fast. Like their gold teeth and chains, artists wear their beards with pride, as a symbol of a music genre that is still working on gaining respect and recognition from the industry as a whole.