Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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  • LL Cool J
  • Kris Kross
  • Run D.M.C.
  • Das EFX
  • Sugar Hill Gang
  • Snoop Dogg, Nas, 50 Cent
  • Nas
  • Rakim
  • Diddy
  • Roxane Shante
  • Snoop Dogg

Sugar Hill Gang

The most memorable of debuts in hip hop, of course, is Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." It was the genre's first mainstream single, and though it was never certified by the RIAA, it charted internationally, propelling hip hop around the world. It's opening line is probably the most quoted in rap circles: "I said a hip hop, the hippie, the hippie to the hip-hip-hop and you don't stop..."

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