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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 & most listed
    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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

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

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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    Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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

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    The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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

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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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    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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

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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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    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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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

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

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    Straight Out the Jungle, Done by the Forces of Nature, Raw Deluxe

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    ranked low on reranks & added by aja-craig
    Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

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    Blood, Sweat & No Tears, In Full Gear

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

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

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    added by David Toulson
    Skeezer Pleezer, UTFO, Bag It & Bone It

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    added by David Toulson
    Light Years Away, It's a Beat Wave

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    added by David Toulson
    The Incredible Base

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    added by David Toulson
    Hip Hop Lives, In Control, Volume 1

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    added by David Toulson
    Jam on It (Remixes), The Next Generation, Jam on Revenge

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    added by David Toulson
    V, Let the Hustlers Play, Going Steady

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    added by David Toulson
    Whistle The Best of Whistle, Whistle, Transformation

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    added by David Toulson
    On the Nile, One Track Mind, Filthy

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    added by David Toulson
    The Jonzun Crew Pack Jam (Look Out for the OVC), Lost in Space, Space Cowboy

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    Knights of the Turntables Fresh Mess

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    added by David Toulson
    Dr. Octagon, Instrumentalyst: Octagon Beats, Diesel Truckers

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    added by David Toulson
    Music Madness, This Should Move Ya, The Incredible Sound Machine

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    Straight From the Basement of Kooley High!, Can You Feel It? / Knowledge ...

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    added by David Toulson
    The Bitch Is Back, Bad Sister, The Best of Cold Chillin'

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