80s Music 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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2,274 617
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

2
1,912 439
Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

3
1,456 473
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

4
1,620 474
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

5
1,443 436
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

6
1,459 416
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique

7
972 457
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
1,002 420
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

9
1,036 282
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
961 321
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

11
936 289
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
876 338
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

13
766 366
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!

14
702 318
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

15
277 22
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

16
609 198
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

17
671 340
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)

18
660 274
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

19
645 426
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

20
554 293
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

21
365 185
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

22
500 343
Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing

23
450 291
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

24
394 171
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

25
491 263
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know