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The Best '80s Rappers  

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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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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits
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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black
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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith
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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique
6
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion
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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home
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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
but chickens double d added Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E
10
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash
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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back
12
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate
13
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious
14
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!
15
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded
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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)
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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, Homebase
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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit
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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business
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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection
22
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate
23
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini
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Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing
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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know