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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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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
N.W.A 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, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
LL Cool J 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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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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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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Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Grandmaster Flash The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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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 Back

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Too $hort Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, Homebase

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Tone-Lōc Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing

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Whodini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Whodini Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

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Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

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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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Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

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Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Sir Mix-a-Lot Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

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Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Biz Markie Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

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Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Doug E. Fresh Doin' What I Gotta Do, The World's Greatest Entertainer, Play

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Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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Raheem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

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Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Jungle, Done by the Forces of Nature, Raw Deluxe

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J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Rob Base The Incredible Base

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Fat Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Fat Boys On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kool Moe Dee How Ya Like Me Now, Kool Moe Dee, Funke Funke Wisdom

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Kid 'n' Play is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kid 'n' Play 2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

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Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Schoolly D Smoke Some Kill, Saturday Night! – The Album, Am I Black Enough for You?

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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous

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MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Shan Born to Be Wild, Down by Law, Play It Again

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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None! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
None!

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None is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
None Procreation, No One, Black Star