Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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


Brooklyn's Skoob and Teaneck's Krazy Drayzy met at Virginia State University, where they began performing together as Das EFX. EPMD caught one of their shows during a local talent competition and, although they lost that day, they picked up a record deal. Their debut album, Dead Serious, went platinum, led by the single "They Want EFX," which broke the Top 40 and spawned a new sub-genre called "sewage rap." 

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