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

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

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

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    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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    Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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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, Code Red

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

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    - 150


    Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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

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

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

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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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    ranked low on reranks & 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 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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    added by David Toulson
    The Incredible Base

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    added by RichardBeecher
    Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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    added by Connor Gregory
    Born to Be Wild, Down by Law, Play It Again

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    new! & added by Californiaadam
    On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

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    added by Sergio Indurjeet
    Smoke Some Kill, Saturday Night! – The Album, Am I Black Enough for You? ...

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