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

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    Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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

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    Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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

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    The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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

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

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    Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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

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

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    Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

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

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

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

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

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

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    Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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    Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

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

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    Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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    Blood, Sweat & No Tears, In Full Gear

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    Critical Beatdown, Give the Drummer Some, Funk Your Head Up

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    Lakim Shabazz The Lost Tribe of Shabazz, Pure Righteousness

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