Ask a Hip Hop fan to describe a Philadelphia Emcee only using a few words. I guarantee “Big Beard” will be in the description. Philadelphia has been widely known for it’s beards, and in Hip Hop it is no different.
Religion plays a large part in the number of beards in Philadelphia. The number of Mosques in America has grown 74% since the year 2000, according to a 2012 report. Philadelphia was responsible for 63 of those Mosques.
The U.S. Justice Dept. is suing The Philadelphia School District over a beard-length rule. School police officer Siddiq Abu-Bakr wore his beard for religious purposes, but the School District insisted he cut it to a certain length to match school policies.
Is the beard-length rule fair? No matter your opinion, you can agree that beards are a serious topic in Philadelphia.
Not all beards are religiously influenced though; some men like the look or have a specific reason to grow their beard out. Kevin from Mount Airy Says, “Without my facial hair, I look like puberty is just on its way and hasn’t quite come yet." Whether it’s done for religious reasons or for “the look”, Beards have been a staple in Philadelphia and it’s Hip Hop scene for some time now.
So grab a cheesesteak, soft pretzel, tasty cake or a wooder ice. It’s time to talk “The Top 12 Beards In Philadelphia Hip Hop”.
Who is on your list?
Freeway is one of Philly's most well known artists. Former member of Jay Z's Rocafella Records, Freeway is known for having the "best" beard in all of Hip Hop. Ask Eminem, even he was hiding in it.
Hollowman is a North Philly rapper and part of the group 4 Horsemen which also includes Kre Forch, Chinko Da Great and Reed Dollaz. Hollow has been a supporter of the beard for years.
Kre Forch is a South Philly rapper and part of the group the 4 Horsemen which also includes Hollowman, Chinko Da Great & Reed Dollaz. Kre is known for his real life bars and unique rhyme schemes.
Nico The Beast
Nico The Beast is a South Philly rapper and also part of the group The 30 And Over League. Nico's beard is as vicious as his rhymes, and that's pretty damn vicious!
Questlove is part of the legendary Roots crew and has been a Philadelphia representer for years. Questlove flaunts his beard on the Jimmy Fallon show daily and shows no sign of shaving anytime soon.
Rediroc is a Philly rapper who also reps The Ape Gang. Signing with super producer Jahlil Beats, Rediroc and his beard are sure to make noise in 2014.
Reef The Lost Cauze
Reef The Lost Cauze is a Philadelphia rapper who reps AOTP & The Beard Gang Clikk. Reef has been growing his beard out over the years and seems to be making a run for one of the thickest beards in Philly Hip Hop.
Tana Da Beast
Tana Da Beast is a Philly rapper and part of the Beard Gang Clikk. With one of the thickest beards and sharpest deliveries, it's no surprise Tana is on this list.
Dark Lo is a Philadelphia rapper who is down with AR-AB's OBH movement. Known for his honest opinion, harsh bars and one of Philly's thickest beards.
Tone Trump is a West Philly rapper and is known for repping his beard proud. Wherever he goes he is always supporting Philly and keeping his beard thick and sharp.
Jakk Frost is a West Philly rapper and founder of the Beard Gang Clikk. He is also the founder/owner of The Beard Gang clothing line. If you want to talk beards in Philly, you better go see Jakk Frost first.
Black Thought is part of the legendary Roots crew and reps one of the cleanest beards in Philly. A Philly representer to the core, Thought has been repping his beard for years now.