Most Memorable Hip Hop Debuts

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


Already a successful songwriter, record producer and label owner, Sean "Diddy" Combs released his own debut album, No Way Out, in 1997. But, before that, he was featured as Puff Daddy on Lil Kim's debut single, "No Time" (as in, "no time for fake n----s, just sip some Cristal with these real n----s"). The song with Diddy's partial verse topped the US Rap charts for nine weeks, charted in the U.K. and was certified Gold, making Diddy the official internationally known hype man — a crown the Forbes listed mogul still wears proudly today.

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