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Published on May 24th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks


The History of Whispering in Hip-hop (part 2)

“Dogg Pound 4 Life” by Tha Dogg Pound

After Vanilla Ice fizzled out, Tha Dogg Pound got its whisper on “Dogg Pound 4 Life” for Above The Rim soundtrack of 1994.

Tha Dogg Pound ties the whispering chorus onto the end of the track with threatening lines like “There’s no way you can escape/So rest in peace, bitch” and “Anybody’s killa/Dogg Pound Gangstaz” for the last minute of the song. It makes the song have a haunting finish and creates a chilling aural experience for listeners.

“Ka Sera Sera” by Funkdoobiest 

In 1995, rap crew Funkdoobiest from West Coast used whispering techniques on their album “Brothas Doobie”, particularly on the song “Ka Sera Sera.”

While one member of the crew sings the chorus, the other ones harmonize with creepy whispers in the background, providing atmosphere and edge, rendering it one of the eeriest tracks of the group.

“April Showers” by Digital Underground

Digital Underground was most famous for quirky song structures, unique deliveries, and all around zaniness. Their 1998 album “Who Got The Gravy?” with song “April Showers” is no exception and heavily harped on the silky whisper flow.

“April Showers” combines R&B vibes with whispered spoken word to seduce the listener, particularly when whispering lines are serenaded softly.

“Storm Warning” by Latyrx

In 1999, Latyrx made a mark with their intricate whisper rapping on the track “Storm Warning” that came off their Quannum Spectrum album.

It starts with Lateef rapping, “Rivetin’ world winds rippin’ the world” with an inaudible whisper which is followed up with Lyrics Born rapping his whole first verse with a light whisper.

In this case, the whisper allows the rappers to rap quickly without having to care about perfect articulation. They move from word to word by a way that is muffled by the whisper, allowing a more nimble flow all together.


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