Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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

Nas

Nasty Nas was first introduced via Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque" track. The duo, comprised of Queens' Large Professor and Toronto's Sir Scratch, placed the song on their Breaking Atoms debut, which was lauded by rap listeners for its jazz and soul samples -- a fitting introduction for God's Son. Writers and fans praised Nas as the next Rakim, and both are still universally known as two of the most skilled and influential MCs of all time.

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