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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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1,904 502
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

2
1,602 340
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
1,235 374
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
1,353 384
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
1,218 354
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
1,200 349
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
817 385
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
828 345
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
828 278
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

10
794 241
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

11
760 277
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot, Cool & Vicious

12
828 219
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

13
661 311
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
618 275
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

15
574 287
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)

16
473 154
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

17
575 226
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

18
551 349
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

19
474 250
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

20
435 288
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
387 250
Whodini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Whodini Escape, Back in Black, Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini

The Best Underground Rappers

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291 151
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

23
313 139
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

24
371 247
Afrika Bambaataa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Afrika Bambaataa Afrika Shox, Planet Rock: The Album, World Destruction

25
414 231
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
226 144
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

27
90 5
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

28
252 139
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

Rappers Who Died Young

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277 105
Sir Mix-a-Lot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Sir Mix-a-Lot Swass, Baby Got Back, Mack Daddy

30
246 244
3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
3rd Bass Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust

31
81 8
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
IsaiahPittman added Dr. Dre The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

32
219 100
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

33
230 111
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

34
179 237
Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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149 260
Raheem is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

People You'd Like to See Host Saturday Night Live

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86 118
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
126 67
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'

38
110 54
Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
110 54
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Vitor Santos added Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

40
112 57
Kid 'n' Play is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kid 'n' Play 2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

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184 129
Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Rob Base The Incredible Base

42
129 80
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 Best Artists To Listen To If You Like SZA

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161 279
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

44
112 79
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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132 108
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1488989579613 added Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

46
27 8
tribe called quest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
eduardorobinson added tribe called quest

47
13 9
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1519704292721 added E-40 In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

48
9 4
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RickPeabody added Brand Nubian One for All, Time’s Runnin’ Out, In God We Trust

49
8 4
Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
1519704292721 added Spoonie Gee The New Rap Language / Love Rap, Spoonie Is Back, Monster Jam

50
5 1
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 50 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