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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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1,677 429
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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2
1,446 286
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

3
1,126 317
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

4
1,217 336
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

5
1,103 314
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique

6
1,083 307
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

7
728 337
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
747 295
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

9
753 243
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash^! Melle Mel & the Furious Five: More Of the Best

10
693 246
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

11
729 192
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
but chickens double d added Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

12
713 222
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

13
606 283
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!

14
577 246
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

15
525 198
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, Homebase

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16
524 264
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Too $hort Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)

17
504 307
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit

18
394 136
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

19
432 230
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

20
405 257
Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Tone-Lōc Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing

21
352 223
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Whodini Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

22
345 226
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

23
247 133
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

24
264 121
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

25
379 214
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

26
190 127
Kurtis Blow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Claire Jones-Hughes added Kurtis Blow Kurtis Blow, The Best of Kurtis Blow, America

27
245 82
Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Sir Mix-a-Lot Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

28
218 123
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

29
223 225
3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

The Worst Rappers of All Time 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

30
202 93
Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
aja-craig added Biz Markie Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

31
185 86
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Doug E. Fresh Doin' What I Gotta Do, The World's Greatest Entertainer, Play

32
156 223
Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

33
106 46
Fat Boys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Californiaadam added Fat Boys On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

34
135 243
Raheem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

35
163 112
Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Rob Base The Incredible Base

36
68 107
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Diet Pepsi added Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Jungle, Done by the Forces of Nature, Raw Deluxe

37
150 262
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

38
87 46
Kid 'n' Play is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kid 'n' Play 2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

39
105 67
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RichardBeecher added Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

40
82 45
Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Diet Pepsi added Kool Moe Dee How Ya Like Me Now, Kool Moe Dee, Funke Funke Wisdom

41
78 45
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vitor Santos added Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

42
87 63
Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous

43
88 81
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1488989579613 added Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

44
55 66
MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Connor Gregory added MC Shan Born to Be Wild, Down by Law, Play It Again

45
58 72
Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Sergio Indurjeet added Schoolly D Smoke Some Kill, Saturday Night! – The Album, Am I Black Enough for You?