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Music October, 24 2012

The 10 Dopest Beards in Hip-Hop – Stalley, Action Bronson & Others

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No Shave November is less than 2 weeks away which means it’s time to start preparing for the beard you’ll no doubt be rocking this season. Here’s a list of the 10 best beards in hip-hop ranging from clean and trim to scraggly and wild.

Take a look at all 10 below.

Stalley

Although he’s newer on the scene than most of the others, Kyle Myricks, better known by his stage name Stalley, has been rocking full beards since his debut mixtape Goin Ape. A practicing Muslim, the Ohio native stays true to his beliefs and is known to pair his thick facial hair with a fitted cap or an oversized beanie.

Ice Cube

One of the original West Coast gangster rappers, Ice Cube has been rocking some form of facial hair or another for the better part of 20 years. Always kept relatively trim, the iconic Compton rapper has had beards of all lengths and sizes appropriate for both the thugs of southside LA and those watching him on TBS from the safety of their home.

?uestlove

The drummer behind some of hip-hop’s most soulful beats also happens to have one of the most recognizable facial silhouettes in the industry. ?uestlove’s curly, stocky beard seems to be an extension of his afro creating a seamlessly integrated head full of hair.

Kool A.D.

Victor Vazquez, also known as Kool A.D. from the white guilt art project Das Racist, has been growing some of the game’s gnarliest beards since the group first came onto the scene with the bizarre, “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” The Oakland native has had beards of various lengths and sizes, letting the hair grow well up into the high-cheekbone area dangerously close to his equally-thick eyebrows.

Common

The Chicago rapper is so well-known for his beard that it was considered news-worthy when he decided to shave it for his role in the film New Year’s Eve. No worries though as the film has long been forgotten and the beard is back and as glorious as ever.

MC Ride

Frontman of industrial rap group Death Grips, MC Ride could pass for a thinner yet equally terrifying version of street brawler Kimbo Slice. His thick, unkempt beard complements the tattoos covering his body as well as the band’s cryptic lyrics which frequently require his jaws to call out.

Rick Ross

Despite a setback to his gangster image when he was outed as a former correctional officer, Rick Ross has managed to literally become a boss by founding the succesful record label Maybach Music Group. It’s hard to even imagine the Miami rapper without his signature beard as it strikes the perfect balance between thickness and tidiness.

Freeway

The Philly native is as well-known for his full neck beard as he is his stint with Roc-A-Fella Records. Like rapper Stalley, Freeway is a practicing Muslim and keeps his beard out of faith. His new album Diamond in the Ruff drops next month and his beard will without doubt be right there with it.

Action Bronson

Before joining the heat of the rap game, Action Bronson was a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in New York City. His signature red beard is as much a part of him as food is to his rhymes and although he’s newer to the scene with respect to others on this list, his vibrant beard and jovial manner set him a cut above the rest.

Rick Rubin

Who else did you think would top this list? The native New Yorker has been rocking a beard since before you were even born and is responsible for a significant portion of all music heard on the radio today. Rubin founded Def Jam Recordings in his dorm room at New York University and was called the most important producer of the past 20 years by MTV. His beard runs scraggly and wild just like his production work runs the gamut from the Beastie Boys to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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