Last Weekend, Eminem was doing his thing at the Grammys, but inquiring voyeurs just wanted to know, "where were those angry abs?
Luckily, there's a stockpile of trashy pics on the Web that we can lust at. LL Cool J hasn't let himself go yet, and Nelly (despite his recent cred-nuking cameo on 90210), isn't too shabby either. Are there physiological stats on the connection between rapping and being ripped? Not sure (we're not LA Weekly's popular music + science blogger Kristina Benson). But we have pretty pics.
Some rappers get ripped in other ways (Snoop). And, Lil Kim, we didn't forget about you in your prime. Read on for the Top Ten Ripped Rappers:
10. Jaden Smith:
Not to be mistaken for kiddie porn, this youngin clearly has something in common with his dad.
Xzibit fluctuates in size, but on the most part he's pretty solid. Co-starring alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Gridiron Gang in 2006 didn't help his case, but the rapper/TV personality held his own.
8. Nicki Minaj:
Most likely you're distracted by Minaj's crazy hairstyles, but if you look down a bit, you can tell that this powerful rapstress has other goods to offer.
7. Lil Kim :
The 35-year-old entertainer (and ex-con) has undergone a number of physical transformations, from her start as a badass sassy sexy symbol, to an almost unrecognizable plastic surgery debacle. But, there are probably still some teenage boys' lockers covered with her infamous photo-spread (see #8).
He may not be hard core in the rap industry, but his abs are.
Sometimes body fat percentage trumps massive muscles. Eminem knows how to keep it low, in more ways than one.
For being in the scene for as long as he has, the St. Louis rapper has learned a thing or two about keeping his image tight.
3. Flo Rida:
The Florida native has taught us about perseverance, when it comes to breaking into the music industry and hitting the gym.
2. 50 Cent:
Despite all the bullet holes, this rapper has managed to keep other body parts full. Maybe it's the vitamin water he's drinking while running away from shady situations.
And for our Number One Ripped Rapper, forever ripped...
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1. LL Cool J :
One of the most seasoned men in the industry, LL is an inspiration to us all. If you're reading this LL, feel free to contact Celia c/o West Coast Sound for some more "weight room tips."