Brian Wilson and David Bowie are widely respected for their ability to create memorable pop and rock songs, but their forays into rap music have landed them on GQ magazine's list of the 25 worst rappers of all time.
Wilson lands at #16 on the tally, thanks to an obscure tune titled "Smart Girls" that was slated to appear on a never-released 1991 album called Sweet Insanity. The tune features the Beach Boys mastermind awkwardly musing about why he likes women with brains, as samples of classic songs by his old band appear randomly throughout the track. GQ says, "Wilson's rapping is on par with Biz Markie's singing."
As for Bowie, he shares the #14 spot with actor Mickey Rourke, who traded spoken-word lines in the middle of the song "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)," which appeared on David's 1987 Never Let Me Down album. "How did this even happen?" GQ asks about the unlikely collaboration. "Bowie had gone crazy because of the international success of 'Let's Dance.' Rourke had gone crazy because he was Mickey Rourke."
Also making the cut are Madonna and Prince, who finish in 15th and 12th places, respectively. The magazine turns a critical eye on Madonna's 2003 single "American Life," describing it as "banal," while it chides Prince for being "beat-deaf" and for his stiff rapping on such early '90s tunes as "My Name Is Prince" and "Days of Wild."
Other notables on the list include Puff Daddy, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Pitbull, actor Joaquin Phoenix, comedian Tom Green, Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline and -- to quote GQ -- "the two guys in the Black Eyed Peas who aren't Will.i.am."
Topping the list is the rock/rap group Insane Clown Posse.
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