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List Rules Should be rappers and hip hop artists who rap in the style that emerged from New York in the late '70s to early '90s.

If you're a fan of rap music, you should have at minimum a base knowledge in old school rap. If not for old school rappers, it's highly unlikely that rap would have evolved into the popular artform that it is today. Many of old school rappers are widely respected by today's biggest hip hop artists. For the sake of this list, all of the old school hip hop artists featured became popular during the rap's golden age, which occurred during the 1980s through the mid-1990s. The diversity, innovation and ultimately, the influence of of these old school rappers cannot be stated enough.

So, who are the best old school rappers? If you know old school rap, you know that the likes of Run DMC, De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim, Gang Starr, Grandmaster Flash and the Beastie Boys. These names are widely recognized as some of the best old school rappers. If not for the contributions of these artists, old school rap, and thus, good rap music would cease to exist.  Who are your favorite old school rap artists?

That said, it's to you to determine the best old school rap. If you are familiar with old school rap and old school rappers, feel free to chime in with your vote. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best old school hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest old school hip hop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular old school hip hop bands that you might've heard of.
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Big L is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
austin-pezzello added Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
GabrielDylanArteaga added The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MarylyleMcCue added Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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Heavy D & The Boyz is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Heavy D & The Boyz

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House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added 2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Kris Kross Hip hop music

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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Kool Moe Dee is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MarylyleMcCue added Kool Moe Dee Hip hop music, New jack swing

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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
micah-stewart added Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Tone-Lōc is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Tone-Lōc Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
François Montpas added Joey Badass Hip hop music

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
openmind added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Sugar Hill Gang is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Jacques Wakefield added Sugar Hill Gang

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Flavor Flav is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
danman082200 added Flavor Flav Hip hop music

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Funky 4 + 1 is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Funky 4 + 1 Hip hop music, Rap music, Funk

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Chubb Rock is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
jonathan-guerra added Chubb Rock East Coast hip hop

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Young MC is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MarylyleMcCue added Young MC Hip hop music, Pop rap, West Coast hip hop

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The Rock Steady Crew is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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Ultramagnetic MC’s is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ultramagnetic MC’s Hip hop music

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
lucca-hutson added Lil Wayne Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop - Tha Block Is Hot, 500 degreez, Tha Carter, Tha Carter II, The BGz, 

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The Cold Crush Brothers is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Cold Crush Brothers Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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Stetsasonic is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Stetsasonic Hip hop music, Electro

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
jfergusonsaints added R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MarylyleMcCue added 3rd Bass Hip hop music

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The Treacherous Three is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Treacherous Three Hip hop music

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Roxanne Shanté is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
MarylyleMcCue added Roxanne Shanté Hip hop music

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World Class Wreckin' Cru is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
World Class Wreckin' Cru Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro hop

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Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
nathan-endless added Delinquent Habits Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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Humpty Hump is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Jacques Wakefield added Humpty Hump

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Rodney O & Joe Cooley is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Genea Nicole Wall added Rodney O & Joe Cooley Hip hop music

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Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
_1443585791498 added Vanilla Ice Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Wyclef Jean is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ahmed Maklad added Wyclef Jean Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music

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Just-Ice is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Just-Ice Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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The Fantastic Five is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers

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The Fearless Four is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Fearless Four Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop

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Ceza is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Ruslan Kerimduxt added Ceza Hip hop music, Rap music, World music

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Monie Love is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Coolza added Monie Love Hip hop music, British hip hop, New jack swing

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T La Rock is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
T La Rock Old-school hip hop

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Spoonie Gee is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Spoonie Gee Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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The Egyptian Lover is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
The Egyptian Lover Old-school hip hop, Electro hop, Electro

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Steady B is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Steady B Old-school hip hop, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
1467566694460 added Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
elimentx3 added Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Gorilla Zoe is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
nathan-endless added Gorilla Zoe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Planet Patrol is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Old School Hip Hop Groups/Rappers
Planet Patrol Old-school hip hop, Electro, Freestyle music