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Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

If you're a fan of rap music, you should have at minimum a base knowledge in old school rap. If not for old school rappers, it's highly unlikely that rap would have evolved into the popular artform that it is today. Many of old school rappers are widely respected by today's biggest hip hop artists. For the sake of this list, all of the old school hip hop artists featured became popular during the rap's golden age, which occurred during the 1980s through the mid-1990s. The diversity, innovation and ultimately, the influence of of these old school rappers cannot be stated enough.

So, who are the best old school rappers? If you know old school rap, you know that the likes of Run DMC, De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim, Gang Starr, Grandmaster Flash and the Beastie Boys. These names are widely recognized as some of the best old school rappers. If not for the contributions of these artists, old school rap, and thus, good rap music would cease to exist.  Who are your favorite old school rap artists?

That said, it's to you to determine the best old school rap. If you are familiar with old school rap and old school rappers, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best old school hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest old school hip hop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular old school hip hop bands that you might've heard of. (50 items)

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    AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

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    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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

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

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

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

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    When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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    Hip Hop Lives, In Control, Volume 1

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    Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

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    The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

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    Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, III - Temples Of Boom

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

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

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    Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

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

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    The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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

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    Bow Down, Terrorist Threats, The Best Of: The Gangsta

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    The New Rap Language / Love Rap, Spoonie Is Back, Monster Jam

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