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

Run D.M.C.

The famed trio's first single was "It's Like That/Sucker MCs" (A and B sides of a cassette tape — remember those?). It was credited with ushering in the "new school of hip hop" for it's raw re-telling of local conditions like unemployment and untimely death while being simultaneously hopeful. It peaked at No. 15 on the R&B charts and garnered interest for the group's eponymous debut album released the following year, 1984. Run D.M.C. is still one of the most revered groups in hip hop.

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