10 Rappers You Didn’t Know Were Muslim

The artists who are low-key on their deen


We’re almost halfway through 2020 and we’re still in dire need of better representation of Muslims in the entertainment industry. 

But representation doesn’t mean we need more Muslims exclusively playing Muslim roles and solely speaking about Islam-related issues. Naturally seeing other Muslims thrive makes other Muslims feel more comfortable and proud, because representation is what forms minorities’ self-perception. And that validation feels good.

You bet we can’t name 10 rappers who are Muslim? Well, here’s our list.

Westside Gunn

Westside GunnCo-signed by Virgil Abloh, the Buffalo rapper just made his return with the best release of his career, Pray for Paris. Songs like “Allah Sent Me” make his stance pretty clear.

Kevin Gates

Kevin GatesThe Baton Rouge rapper, who dropped his second album I’m Him last September, has long spoken out about his religion.


The hip-hop titan surprised us with a release last February, featuring Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez and O.T Genasis to name just a few.

Busta Rhymes

Busta RhymesBusta might have a 30-year-old career behind him, but he has no plans to retire. And we love it.

Swizz Beatz

Swizz BeatzThe producer, rapper, entrepreneur and art collector has always been advocate for minority visibility. 

NBA Youngboy

NBA YoungboyThe teen rap prodigy who has been number one on YouTube’s US charts for 22 weeks in 2019 converted to Islam at age 18. 

Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy KaneThe most skilled rapper in the history of hip-hop is Muslim.


Q-TipThe Tribe Called Quest member converted in 1990 and changed his name to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed.

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe FiascoVery few rappers manage to create such a unique sound that is still in line with his faith – other than Lupe Fiasco.

Janet Jackson

Janet JacksonThe hip-hop singer and pop culture icon (who won five Grammy awards) converted to Islam in 2015.

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