Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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  • 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
  • Diddy

LL Cool J

Before he was Uncle L, he was Ladies Love Cool James, and before that, he was an unknown 17-year-old on the set of Krush Groove. He made the song "I Can't Live Without My Radio" for the cult classic and became visible in the mainstream for performing the song during his audition scene at Rick Rubin's apartment. The song, somewhat of a cultural icon itself, was picked up some 20 years later for a scene in Get Rich or Die Tryin'. LL, similarly, now has a lucrative career in Hollywood with starring roles on the big screen and on TV. (Photo: Johnny Louis/

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