Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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  • Rakim
  • 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

Roxanne Shanté

Roxanne burst onto the scene at the age of 14 when Marley Marl, DJ Mr. Magic and Tyrone Williams told her that UTFO had cancelled a performance. She asked to take their place and ended up recording a response to their "Roxanne, Roxanne" — reportedly in one-take. Her song, "The Real Roxanne" sparked what is now known as The Roxanne Wars and she became known for her abilities to freestyle.

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