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

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

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    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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    added by Claire Jones-Hughes
    Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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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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    ranked low on reranks & added by David Toulson
    Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

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

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

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    often listed & added by MC Diet Pepsi
    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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    ranked low on reranks & 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 MC Diet Pepsi
    How Ya Like Me Now, Kool Moe Dee, Funke Funke Wisdom

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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 Californiaadam
    On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

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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 p123
    Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous

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    new! & added by p123
    2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

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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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