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

Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

An artist's first impression may not define who they are, but it sure does leave a lasting mark. Although now preaching "No Guns Allowed," Snoop Dogg had a storied career as a gangsta rapper after debuting on "187." When Nas had his pre-Illmatic debut, he was heralded as the new Rakim (he still maintains that throne). And with Diddy's debut, he became known as the world's greatest hype man. Click on for more of the most memorable rap debuts.

(Photos from left: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella, Dane Delaney / BET, Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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