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The Best '80s Rappers

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!

The Best '80s Rappers Bands/Musicians
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    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

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    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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

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    Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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

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

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

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

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    Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

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    Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

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    The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

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    Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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    Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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    Lakim Shabazz The Lost Tribe of Shabazz, Pure Righteousness

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