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Denzel Washington's favourite rappers of all time

There’s so much crossover between artistic mediums when it comes to the entertainment industry, even just when it comes to matters of personal taste. From genuine crossovers to artists who love and appreciate the styles of their contemporaries, it’s always great to know about your favourite’s favourites.

Denzel Washington is an American actor known for films like The Equalizer, Training Day, and The Tragedy of Macbeth. He hasn’t personally dipped his toes into the music world, but he does happen to have a passion for hip hop and music.

It’s no secret that Denzel Washington has a friendship with the rapper Jay Z, however, there seem to be plenty of others on his radar that he loves to listen to outside of his social connections. 

When the actor participated in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, he revealed a bit more about his music taste, especially when a fan asked him about a song that was used in The Equalizer. 

The actor spoke openly about some of his favourite rappers in the game right now when prompted by the question, as it specifically mentioned the song ‘Guts Over Fear’. Of course, the actor definitely has more favourites than just the top three that came to mind, but it’s nonetheless fun to dive into what he’s willing to reveal off hand.

This list is in no particular order, as he didn’t rank the rappers himself. He simply listed off some of the rappers that he enjoys listening to. If you’re curious, stick around and take a read.

Denzel Washington’s three favourite rappers:


Again, this list is in no particular order, so we can start with a foundation of friendship. The actor did mention Jay Z when he was doing his Q&A for Reddit, but that’s not the only reason we know about Washington’s affinity for his music. Not only has the actor tried his hand at an impression of the rapper, but the two have been pictured and spotted together many times.

Denzel Washington clearly has an appreciation for Jay Z, and being able to see it play out in a way that includes both of their talents is a real treat for those who happen to be fans of both of them.


Eminem was the rapper that began this conversation, with the person in question asking if Eminem’s ‘Guts Over Fear’ was a personal choice to be included in the film The Equalizer.

He responded to this by saying “Eminem, yes, and I like Nas, and Jay Z. Eminem and Nas are real wordsmiths. So yes, I’m definitely an Eminem fan. Where’s he been? Where you been Eminem?”


And lastly, we arrive at his remaining favourite rapper, Nas. Although he didn’t seem to have all that much to say about his affinity for the artist, simply mentioning the rapper is enough to stick in the minds of those on the hunt for his tastes. 

Nas is a classic rapper who dominated the 1990s and is still going strong—an excellent choice for a favourite no matter who you are.