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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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1,650 418
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

Famous (Alleged) Illuminati Members The Best Underground Rappers

2
1,419 281
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
1,104 311
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
1,198 327
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
1,085 306
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
1,061 301
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
718 330
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
737 286
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
741 240
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Grandmaster Flash The Message, The Message, The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash

10
678 237
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

11
718 184
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
706 216
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
599 277
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
568 237
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

15
517 256
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Too $hort Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)

The Worst Rappers of All Time The Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

16
517 193
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper, Homebase

17
497 299
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
382 131
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
426 225
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

20
399 249
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
345 218
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
340 220
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
243 129
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
257 116
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

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375 208
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
184 122
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

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212 118
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop

28
240 79
Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Sir Mix-a-Lot Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

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221 217
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

Taylor Swift's Squad Describes What It's Really Like Being Her Friend The Very Best of the Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme

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195 91
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

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177 82
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
153 219
Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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135 237
Raheem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

34
99 43
Fat Boys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Californiaadam added Fat Boys On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

35
147 258
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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155 108
Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Rob Base The Incredible Base

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62 102
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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100 61
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RichardBeecher added Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

39
81 43
Kid 'n' Play is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kid 'n' Play 2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

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75 41
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
74 41
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
84 54
Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous

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84 71
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

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56 66
Schoolly D is listed (or ranked) 44 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?

45
51 63
MC Shan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Connor Gregory added MC Shan Born to Be Wild, Down by Law, Play It Again

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15 29
None! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Guest_2d7988e6-3f6e-46ae-960b-430e871d8708 added None!

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11 32
None is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Guest_2d7988e6-3f6e-46ae-960b-430e871d8708 added None Procreation, No One, Black Star