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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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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 53 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) 54 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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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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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Kool Moe Dee Hip hop music, New jack swing

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 57 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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House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 60 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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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Kris Kross 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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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Joey Badass Hip hop music

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Flavor Flav Hip hop music

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 66 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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Sugar Hill Gang is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Funky 4 + 1 is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Funky 4 + 1 Hip hop music, Rap music, Funk

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 69 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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Chubb Rock is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Chubb Rock East Coast hip hop

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Young MC is listed (or ranked) 71 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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The Rock Steady Crew is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Ultramagnetic MC’s is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ultramagnetic MC’s Hip hop music

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Stetsasonic is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Stetsasonic Hip hop music, Electro

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The Treacherous Three is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Treacherous Three Hip hop music

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The Cold Crush Brothers is listed (or ranked) 76 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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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 77 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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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Roxanne Shanté Hip hop music

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Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 79 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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Rodney O & Joe Cooley is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Rodney O & Joe Cooley Hip hop music

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
3rd Bass Hip hop music

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World Class Wreckin' Cru is listed (or ranked) 82 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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Humpty Hump is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Vanilla Ice Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Just-Ice is listed (or ranked) 85 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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The Fantastic Five is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Ceza is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ceza Hip hop music, Rap music, World music

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 88 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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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Wyclef Jean Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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The Fearless Four is listed (or ranked) 90 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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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 91 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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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 92 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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T La Rock is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
T La Rock Old-school hip hop

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Steady B is listed (or ranked) 94 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) 95 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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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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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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The Psycho Realm is listed (or ranked) 98 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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Gorilla Zoe is listed (or ranked) 99 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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Planet Patrol is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Planet Patrol Old-school hip hop, Electro, Freestyle music