Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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

Snoop Dogg

When Dr. Dre heard Snoop Dogg freestyling over En Vogue's "Hold On," he decided to call him in for an audition and eventually gave him placement on the title track for the soundtrack of the 1992 film Deep Cover. The song, also known as "187" launched Snoop's career as a gangsta rapper and would have also placed on Dre's highly esteemed Chronic, but the content was too controversial. Instead, it was later picked up for the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; and Snoop eventually reincarnated into Snoop Lion.

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