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The Best '80s Rappers 

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Originally by Ranker Community
Updated May 12, 2020 45.8k votes 7.3k voters 372.9k views 106 items

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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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Grandmaster Flash and th... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Boogie Down Productions ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers