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

Rakim

Rakim linked up with Eric B after responding to B's search for New York's Top MC. The first song they recorded together was "Eric B Is President," which led to them signing with Island Records and delivering their classic Paid in Full. But, perhaps more importantly, it yielded one of the most memorable verses of the golden era when Ra spit: "I came in the door, I said it before/I never let the mic magnetize me no more/But it's biting me, fighting me, inviting me to rhyme..." (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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