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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    Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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    Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique

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

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    Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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    Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Grandmaster Flash The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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    The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Heavy D 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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    Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Slick Rick 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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    EPMD is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    EPMD 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 Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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    MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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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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    De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


    3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

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    Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

    added by Claire Jones-Hughes
    Kurtis Blow 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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    Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Rappers


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

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    Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

    ranked low on reranks & added by David Toulson
    Sir Mix-a-Lot 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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    Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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

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    Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

    added by David Toulson
    Rob Base The Incredible Base

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    Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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

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