When temperatures rise, the clothes start to come off. The outfits get skimpier and with the heat and humidity comes the need to cool off. In honor of the summer swelter, we've dug up some of our favorite shots of rap and R&B beauties in bikinis and skimpy bathing suits. The swimsuits are more about style and showing off their assets -- the twins, badonkadonks and more -- than they are for functionality, like swimming. But who cares? When they look this good, all eyes are on them.

Whether it's Rihanna cooling off in an itsy bitsy teeny weenie bikini in Hawaii, Ciara being all red hot in the ocean in Dubai, Alicia Keys showing off her post-baby body or Beyonce hawking discount swimsuits in H&M ads, there is one constant: they all are hotter than the heat of a thousand suns.