10 Best Beatboxers Of All Time
September 25
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Beatboxing has been around in some form for thousands years. In fact the human body was most likely the first musical instrument used in ancient African tribal ceremonies and even in the Chinese vocal art Kouji. But the true art of beatboxing didn’t really take form until the 1980s when someone made the brilliant decision to use a microphone to project their vocal beats and hip-hop music was never the same. Here we countdown the top 10 beatboxers of all time. An accomplishment made all the more significant when you realize that literally anyone born with a vocal chord has what it takes to make beats yet only these 10 can truly be called the masters of beatboxing.

10. Random Guy In Florida Blows Crowd Away

At Beatbox Effex in Tampa Florida in 2003 some random guy steps out of the crowd and on to the stage. Judging by his every day normal white guy appearance (white tshirt, jeans, boring pair of tennis shoes) I think the crowd was really expecting him to ask for a ride home. Instead he drops some of the best beats for an amateur I’ve ever heard and the crowd was blown away.

9. Middle School Estonian Kid Destroys Talent Show


Yolq4 Da Best In EstoniaFunny videos are here

Like the guy in video #10 I dont think anyone expected much out of a white Estonian middle schooler who obviously frequently shops at J. Crew. Expectations were so low that people keep coming on stage wondering what’s going on and fiddling with stage props. In the end he put on quite a show and hopefully walked away with first prize.

8. Joel Turner 2005 World Champion of Beatboxing

In 2005 the World Championship of Beatboxing was held in Leipzip, Germany. Participants came from all over the world, and included Tom Thumb(Australia), White Noise(Ireland), Roxorloops(Belgium), Poizunus(Canada), Joel Turner (Australia) and Faith SFX (UK). After several heats of beatbox battles, the final was held between Roxorloops and Joel Turner. The five judges couldn’t decide a winner so they asked for one last extra round after which Australian Joel Turner was crowned 2005 Beatboxing World Champion.

7. Shlomo Explodes Onto the Scene


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British beatboxer Shlomo is best known for his pioneering beatbox techniques including his 2-mic trancebox routine which won him widespread respect and cred within the international beatbox community. Since establishing himself as one of the world’s best beatboxers Shlomo has performed with many famous musicians including Bjork and London hip-hop act the Foreign Beggars. One of his collaborations was chosen as the opening ceremony song for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

6. Kenny Muhammad

Also known as The Human Orchestra, Kenny Muhammad is known for using “the wind technique” which relies heavily on breathing as a main element of the beatbox routine. Kenny’s earned his nickname after performing the song Kenny’s Joy with the New York Philharmonic. He has collaborated with many established artists including Stevie Wonder, The Gap Band, Public Enemy and Matisyahu.

5. Amazing French Beatboxer


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Don’t know his name, don’t know what show this is, all I know is that this guy is French and he is amazing. The way he seamlessly goes from Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean to Usher “Ya!” is simply incredible. I still don’t know when he gets a chance to breathe.

4. The Fat Boys

No list about the best beatboxers would be complete without The Fat Boys. Hailing from Brooklyn this early hip-hop trio were truly pioneers of beatboxing as we know it today. Buff Love was the main beatboxer of the group and was a true innovator in not only beatboxing but hip-hop as a whole. These guys really put beatboxing in the forefront of rap and helped popularize it during the infancy of rap.

3. Doug E. Fresh

Doug E. Fresh is on a short list of people who are both influential as rappers and beatboxers. Who doesn’t know the words to “La Di Da Di”? And his song “The Human Beatbox” is a gem for all those who aspire to be as talented as he is with beatboxing. In this clip he keeps the party jumping with some crazy raggaeton style beats.

2. Biz Markie

Biz Markie is another well respected rapper and beatboxer. Both he and Doug. E Fresh broke out around the same time in the mid-80′s and his single “Just a Friend” brought Biz mainstream as well as his beatboxing abilites. Here is a video of him just going nuts on stage and creating a melody of a bunch of different songs, see if you can name them all!

1. Rahzel

Rahzel simply has to go to the top. Being a member of the Roots, he is really the only modern beatboxer that is in a popular hip-hop group today. His ability is incredible, and when he is on stage by himself, having a DJ is almost pointless. Here he is with “If Your Mother Only Knew” live, this is the song that all beatboxers today know how to do, and as the other videos have already shown, often try to replicate but none are ever as good as Rahzel.

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BDubbs said:

Was there any doubt that Rahzel would be #1? Never seen that french guy before, he’s the bomb!

Ky7le said:

You need to look up scratch. There is no reason he shouldn’t be on this list. He rivals Rahzel.

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Ky7le said:

Also Scratch is a member of the roots crew.

SlamminSaM said:

Shout out to Laurel MD and BIZ!

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JP said:

How in the HELL is Eklips not be on a supposed list of best top 10 beatboxers in the world!?!?!?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Um3u3EfjZA

There are some that are on this list are not even worth a mention… clearly the author needs to be a little more informed before making a second hand list such as this.

JP said:

Here is another example why Eklips is one of the best out there…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVHygGhoEA&feature=related

MaTh said:

especially

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iywav5nmfJM&feature=related

Eklips the Beat Boxing Master @ Beatbox Battle Convention

farwak said:

The name of the french beatboxer is Poolpo and the show is “Nouvelle Star”. It’s a show like American Idol.

Sorry for my bad english :-D

loool said:

lol guys this list was made in he 80ies, wake up there is a whole new and great beatbox scene out there. watch roxorloops watch eklips. just browse the beatbox battle archive u find a lot of talented beatboxers out there …

http://beatboxbattle.tv

Gawea said:

actually, roxor loops is said to be the greatest of all time. look it up on myspace or on youtube and you can catch why. these other guys dont compare to what he can do

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Iv0Ry said:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4ct99_telerama-eklips-beat-box_creation

Meat said:

You Forgot Beardyman [UK]. A Definite Top 5 Contender!

fabien said:

ABOUT THE FRENCH BEATBOXERS
it was on the french version of american idol two years ago

Jimmy Tee said:

Ya’ll nuffink to my man Roxorloops!!!

He’s da bomb cuz!

micmouche said:

i’m french and the name of the show is “la nouvelle star” it means “american idole”
don’t know is name but he’s realy amazing

SukkaMC said:

Is Biz Markie pregnant?

julio said:

where is roxorloops?

Jazno said:

His name is Joseph and his nickname is Poolpo, he did some advert for windows vista : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2v9qv_battle-poolpo-vs-vista_events

H8 U So said:

10 IS “DJ Effex” and not a random beatboxer at the Tampa Beatbox Effex, you sucker!… and he is the best!

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rasta said:

the name of the number 6 is : poolpo the moovie are in a reality show…

Sorry for my inglish

Jos Vorkmans said:

Surely Roxorloops did deserve also a video mention : He looks like Harry Potter and surely has some magic: http://www.ferket.com/jvlt/archive/2007-09-03/roxorloops

lolman said:

why felix zenger isnt there? its the greatest beatboxer imho
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQc30kqq1y8

Pepe said:

French guy was on Idols,
Check youtube for more of his beatboxing on the show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFax4KK7ArY&feature=related

valentin said:

im sorry buy you had forgoten the best of the best!go on youtube and write Eklips ! it’s a french beatboxer and he is the best !

julie said:

Poolpo c’est le meilleur y’a rien a dire il a tout déchiré a la nouvelle star ..

biG up <3

manny said:

what about Dres tha Beatnik out of ATL? He’s pretty sick as well… http://www.youtube.com/dresthabeatnik

malko said:

hi i know the 5″ beatboxer he’s joseph poolpo

Ralph said:

Do you know TEZ ? he’s a french beatboxer. I advise you to see him on youtube : http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=wF8nVZeaVes

he’ realy amazing

purecajn said:

Please, Joseph and Rahzel are beasts but if you watch a few Beardyman videos you’ll soon agree that he is number 1 for spontaneity and variety with a larger sound pool to draw from than any other beat boxer out there.
Check any “Beardyman live looping at Cargo” for chaos pad mixing, or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdX8pf3C_wk for plain old beatbox

purecajn said:

Into to Beardyman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PMZ3QQqwtY

Fedaykin said:

FAIL for not including Roxorloops. Just FAIL.

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ñeñe said:

make a top10 of beat boxers is a chrime…

Knall said:

Jesus Christ, Beardyman pisses on ALL of the beatboxers on your list. Rahzel on #1, holy crap. He hasn’t come up with anything new since 10 years ago. His technique is old and outdated.

Roxxorloops has amazing technique, but lacks creativity. Beardyman has roxxorloops technique, but seriously owns him on creativity.

#1: Beardyman
#2: Roxxorloops
#3: Most other beatboxers, including most of the ones on your list.
#23534: Joel Turner
#23535: The french dude that’s hyped up.
#23536: Rahzel

If you’re going to set up a list about things, you should start knowing what you’re setting up a list about.

kristof said:

this list is disrespectfull for other world class beatboxers roxorloops,faith sfx and os on and on

JUKE179r said:

What about The Human Jock Box from The Skinny Boys???

Nick said:

This list is pathetic….. Beardyman, brother. Beardyman. Shlomo? Shlomo? some random dude? has no name? Some middle school kid? Was this a random youtube search you performed and just listed the best videos u spotted that night?

Beardyman Beardyman Beardyman

Matt said:

you all should check out Diachi. He’s Japaneese and does a bunch of music styles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGjn1u-7BU

http://www.bofunk.com/video/8494/worlds_best_beatboxer.html

saarahlee said:

You forgot to include my favorite beatboxer, Michael Jackson.

Sam said:

LMAO! These are ok beat boxers.. But where the HELL is Michael Winslow?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

master said:

hahaahaha,this is best beatboxer,hahahaha
look daici
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZsML4uWoiw

and one very good from serbia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsjQVtdNRVI

and best of all time michael winslow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzgZPrudKKg

and best beatboxer is not someone very known,it can be anybody…

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alex r. said:

check out eklips. hes an amazing french beatboxer

superocto said:

BEARDYMAN!!!!!!!!!

Mario said:

You forgot Eklips, and Rahzel is not the best, he’s just the first person you heard doing multiple sounds at once. Go to youtube and look up beatboxing tutorials you can probably do it better than him. By far Eklips takes out everyone listed here. The guy from france, his name is Joseph Poolpo he is good but Eklips takes the cake yo.

Zigy said:

Daichi or Kakakin??

arthur wilson said:

for me the best is number 5 his name is joseph polpoo

erick c. said:

yo mario yeah you last 4 eklips is not the bst one, joseph is. go to youtube and compare them two youll see

mime said:

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING!?!… The random guy is so much better than that estonian kid!!….

Nasar3th said:

I really don’t think that the ninth ones Estonian…
becouse I am from Estonia. Anyway cool list. :)

kaossman said:

where was beardyman !?!

yahya el zarif said:

razhel you are the monster of beatbox

Babeli said:

You need to check out http://www.youtube.com/user/Pepouni a whole new community. Beatbox is coming.

Bazbim said:

French guy is the best, amazing

Phoenix said:

The Name of the French Beatboxer is “Joseph Poolpo” and he was part of the french part of the american idol called “Nouvelle Star”. He is one of the best and should list around the first place.

Gaginio said:

WTF The french beatboxer SUCKS. Actually where is Skiller he’s the best

serhan said:

ik weet wie de franse man is hij heet joseph maar ik kan hem een beetje na doen maar hij is niet het beste en rhazel ook niet maar feliz zenger een finse man kijk nou maar op youtube dan zul je het zien

serhan said:

feliz zenger is het beste beatboxer allertijden kijk maar zelf op youtube

jiffmeister said:

roxorloops is the best

Zé Pedro said:

the french is the best

Anonymous said:

I don’t even know how the french dude got on this page…. Daichi and Hikakin both destroys the guy!

matthew said:

i know how to beat box better the all you bitches fkn wanna bees i fkn rock your sockes off

kc said:

go to my beat boxing go to joshbyers13 and look at kc an brandon beat boing in u see it giv some comment tell me wat u think

Anonymous said:

what about dj robo

Liam Wilson said:

Dude! Where in the hell is Hikakin in this list?!?! Listen to him on youtube!

Cyriusblade said:

#5 is my favorite.

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das said:

my cousin is way beter hes 16 check out on facebook

dat guy said:

dave crowe nuff said

BelRapers said:

Me encanta locoo aguanteeee el BEATBOXER´S Aguante el rap

Virgi is VIP said:

where is T.O.P????
Big Bang Rapper And Beat boxer
Choi seung hyun is good as beat box
you can watch at youtube TOP BeatBoxing

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mike said:

these beatboxers suck balls…this idiot doesn’t know skiller , reeps one , alem , bmg , ball zee, babeli etc..

luis soto said:

Im the best beatboxer

luis soto said:

shit you never heard me beatbox

luis soto said:

one day ill prove that im the best

gabriel said:

Reeps one, Skiller, and Alem. those three really stand out to me. I’m not saying that there is ONE absolute best, but there is a Group of the best. and No one on this “top 10″ list is in that group. >:(

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