The Best '80s Rappers Bands/Musicians

The Best '80s Rappers

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These are the best 80s Rappers as voted on by you, the 80s rap fans. 80s hip hop, or "old school" hip hop obviously plays a huge role in where rap is today. The "scene" wouldn't exist without these artists. These are the best rappers that basically defined hip hop culture and brought rap to the forefront of the music industry.

Make sure to vote up your favorite 80s rappers and see if they can take the top spot and vote down any rappers from the 80s that you think might be getting a little too much credit. If you think any important, game changing, genre defying and defining old school rappers are missing from this list, add them!
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    the people's #1
    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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    Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

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    It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, ...

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    Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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    Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique

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    most listed
    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

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    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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    The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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    Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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    Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!

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    added by but chickens double d
    Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

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    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's ...

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    Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)

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    He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, Homebase

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    Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit

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    Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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    Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing

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    Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

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    Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

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    Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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    Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

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    We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

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    3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

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    Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

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    added by Claire Jones-Hughes
    Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

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    Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of ...

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    new! & added by David Toulson
    Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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    added by David Toulson
    The Incredible Base

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    added by aja-craig
    Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

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    added by David Toulson
    Doin' What I Gotta Do, The World's Greatest Entertainer, Play

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