80s 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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1
2,309 630
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

2
1,938 448
Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

3
1,473 487
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
1,649 482
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

5
1,461 444
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

6
1,478 418
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
982 464
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
1,017 424
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
1,050 289
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
973 329
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
950 293
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
886 345
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

13
770 375
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!

14
294 22
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

15
710 324
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

16
619 203
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
681 344
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
668 281
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
652 434
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
560 298
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

21
374 189
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

22
458 295
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

23
504 349
Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lōc-ed After Dark, Cool Hand Lōc, Wild Thing

24
400 176
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
498 263
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know