When you’re sitting at home enjoying an album, do you ever really consider each aspect of what you’re hearing? Are all of your senses inherently connected? We’re about to challenge your preconceived notions about how sound and sight should correlate. Because media is so widely accessible we frequently have no trouble associating an artist’s voice with their face. Here we introduce six familiar artists who look nothing like they sound. Brace yourselves.

By Lindsay Gartner

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Shaggy is not your typical reggae artist. Although we try to refrain from judgement and stereotyping, we firmly believe that Shaggy should have dreadlocks or at the very least look a little less professional. Shaggy looks like the clean-cut type of man who has his shit together when in fact, he does not, according to his 2001 song “It Wasn’t Me.”

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

First let us say, rest in peace Israel. This monstrous man had the voice of an angel and his cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (included below) had the capacity to bring the hardest of individuals to tears. That’s all we’ll say for now.


Even in his Goodie Mob days, Cee-Lo was an anomaly. His high, soulful voice subtly complimented the dirty south style of his fellow Goodie Mob members. Cee-Lo’s lines in “Cell Therapy” off of the 1995 album “Soul Food” set him apart while simultaneously adding immense depth to a typical piece of southern hip-hop.

Slick Rick

Slick Rick has the body of the man and quite frankly, the voice of a woman. A woman you quite enjoy. Rick invites his listeners to indulge in a rarer form of undeniably feminine delivery. Surrendering his lyrics at a steady pace, the British rapper invites judgement but never receives it due to his undeniable talent and cadence that demands respect.

Tyler, The Creator

Tyler resembles your weirdly muscular, hyperactive, ADHD-ridden fourth grade friend—the one your mom encouraged you to stay away from. His incredibly deep voice contrasts his relatively playful (and often times offensive) demeanor. He and his cohorts have the ability to rap insignificance while still keeping the listener actively engaged, all thanks to their unconventional, demented style.

Janis Joplin

While the only female on our list, Janis Joplin remains a legend in classic rock because of her unique style and execution. Janis draws from bluesy, soulful roots with weathered, raspy vocals. Her voice and lyrics tend to gravitate toward a more wiser-than-her-years, learned persona than her “hippie” appearance belies.