The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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List Criteria: Should be rappers and hip hop artists who rap in the style that emerged from New York in the late '70s to early '90s.

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.
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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    The Cold Crush Brothers is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers


    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro hop

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Funk

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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    Heavy D & The Boyz is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop Tha Block Is Hot, 500 degreez, Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, The BGz, 

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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Electro

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    Jimmy Spicer is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers


    Old-school hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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    Old-school hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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    East Coast hip hop

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    Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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    Old-school hip hop, Electro, Freestyle music

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    Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing

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    Hip hop music, New jack swing

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Old-school hip hop, Electro hop, Electro

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop rap, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, World music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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    West Street Mob is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers


    Old-school hip hop, Electro, P-Funk

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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    Old-school hip hop, Disco, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Funk

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