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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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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1,718 373
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

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1,328 408
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

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1,461 415
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

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1,305 386
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

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1,284 381
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

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882 410
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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898 384
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

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882 292
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

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803 292
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

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846 259
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

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901 242
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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694 331
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!

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651 293
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

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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)

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521 171
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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609 240
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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597 375
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Hammer Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit

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504 267
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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460 309
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

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416 268
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Whodini Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

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341 149
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 23 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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395 259
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

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435 242
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

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245 157
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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added Ice Cube AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

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284 148
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

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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130 14
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added Dr. Dre The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

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295 121
Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Sir Mix-a-Lot Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

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246 106
Doug E. Fresh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Doug E. Fresh Doin' What I Gotta Do, The World's Greatest Entertainer, Play

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247 118
Biz Markie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
aja-craig added Biz Markie Goin' Off, The Biz Never Sleeps, Weekend Warrior

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186 252
Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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133 60
Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 35 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

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Raheem is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

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148 77
Fat Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Californiaadam added Fat Boys On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

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95 128
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 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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130 63
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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128 65
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vitor Santos added Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

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203 135
Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Rob Base The Incredible Base

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148 88
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RichardBeecher added Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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130 95
Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out, Young, Rich & Dangerous

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tribe called quest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
eduardorobinson added tribe called quest

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1488989579613 added Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1519704292721 added 2 Live Crew As Clean as They Wanna Be, Banned in the U.S.A., Goes to the Movies: Decade of Hits

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chub rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
eduardorobinson added chub rock

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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1519704292721 added E-40 In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

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Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RickPeabody added Brand Nubian One for All, Time’s Runnin’ Out, In God We Trust