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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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1,582 386
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time The Best Chips in the World

2
1,355 265
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
1,050 288
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
1,138 311
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
1,039 285
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
1,000 283
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
681 307
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Ice-T Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

8
712 259
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
710 229
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
638 225
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Salt-N-Pepa Very Necessary, Hot^! Cool & Vicious, Blacks' Magic

11
674 169
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
574 261
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
The Sugarhill Gang Rapper's Delight, Sugarhill Gang, Jump on It!

13
546 224
Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy

14
677 202
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's Back

15
497 242
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 Greatest Rappers of All Time 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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497 181
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
474 280
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
358 114
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
413 209
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
EPMD Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

20
375 236
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
331 206
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
331 205
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
230 118
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
362 198
MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
MC Lyte Lyte as a Rock, Seven & Seven, Act Like You Know

25
242 107
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

26
177 113
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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199 109
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
217 75
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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208 206
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

The Worst Rappers of All Time 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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182 83
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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162 75
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

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150 206
Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Rappers

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132 225
Raheem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Raheem The Invincible, The Vigilante, Can't Get No Tighter

34
143 244
J. J. Fad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
J. J. Fad Supersonic, Not Just a Fad, Way Out

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57 88
Jungle Brothers is listed (or ranked) 35 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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94 49
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
RichardBeecher added Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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140 98
Rob Base is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
David Toulson added Rob Base The Incredible Base

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76 37
Fat Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Californiaadam added Fat Boys On and On, Coming Back Hard Again, Crushin'

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65 29
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

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63 31
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

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65 36
Kid 'n' Play is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kid 'n' Play 2 Hype, Face the Nation, Kid ’n Play’s Funhouse

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64 44
Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s Rappers
Kris Kross Totally Krossed Out, Young^! Rich & Dangerous, Da Bomb

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70 60
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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53 52
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?

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48 50
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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14 16
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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10 19
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