Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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

Kris Kross

After a 19-year-old Jermaine Dupri discovered these two friends in a mall (aged 12 and 13 the time), he produced their entire debut album, Totally Krossed Out, which was lead by the single "Jump," which achieved international success and topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks — the first rap song to have such a run. Kris Kross and JD went on to have great commercial success, selling multiplatinum, appearing on TV shows and even starring in their own video game. 

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