rap The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers  

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List Rules 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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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Heavy D & The Boyz is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Kool Moe Dee Hip hop music, New jack swing

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Funky 4 + 1 is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Funky 4 + 1 Hip hop music, Rap music, Funk

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House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Flavor Flav Hip hop music

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Joey Badass Hip hop music

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Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Tone-Lōc Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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The Rock Steady Crew is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Ultramagnetic MC’s is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ultramagnetic MC’s Hip hop music

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Chubb Rock is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Chubb Rock East Coast hip hop

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The Treacherous Three is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Treacherous Three Hip hop music

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Kris Kross Hip hop music

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The Cold Crush Brothers is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Cold Crush Brothers Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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Stetsasonic is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Stetsasonic Hip hop music, Electro

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Delinquent Habits Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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World Class Wreckin' Cru is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
World Class Wreckin' Cru Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro hop

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Rodney O & Joe Cooley is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Rodney O & Joe Cooley Hip hop music

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Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Vanilla Ice Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Young MC is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Young MC Hip hop music, Pop rap, West Coast hip hop

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop - Tha Block Is Hot, 500 degreez, Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, The BGz, 

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Roxanne Shanté Hip hop music

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Ceza is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ceza Hip hop music, Rap music, World music

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Sugar Hill Gang is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Just-Ice is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Just-Ice Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
3rd Bass Hip hop music

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The Fantastic Five is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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The Fearless Four is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Fearless Four Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Spoonie Gee Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Gorilla Zoe is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Gorilla Zoe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Monie Love Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing

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Steady B is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Steady B Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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The Egyptian Lover is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Egyptian Lover Old-school hip hop, Electro hop, Electro

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T La Rock is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
T La Rock Old-school hip hop

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Humpty Hump is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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The Psycho Realm is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Psycho Realm Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Planet Patrol is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Planet Patrol Old-school hip hop, Electro, Freestyle music

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Cool C is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Cool C Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Jimmy Spicer is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Jimmy Spicer Old-school hip hop