Kurtis Blow: A pioneering figure in rap's early years, known for hits like "The Breaks" and "Basketball.
Digital Underground: Famous for the track "The Humpty Dance," this group, spearheaded by Shock G.
Das EFX: Known for their unique, quick-paced, and distinctive lyrical style, they made a mark in the early '90s but are not often mentioned in current discussions about influential rap groups.
Nice & Smooth: A duo from the '80s and '90s, known for their song "Hip Hop Junkies," played a significant part in shaping the Golden Age of hip-hop but isn't as widely remembered now.
The D.O.C: A pioneering rapper and writer in the late '80s, he faced a career-altering accident but contributed significantly, particularly in writing for N.W.A.
Slick Rick: Renowned for his storytelling style in songs like "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di." His influence might not be as apparent in contemporary rap conversations.
Special Ed: Known for his hit "I Got It Made," he was part of the late '80s, early '90s era, but his influence might be less acknowledged today.
Chubb Rock: Recognized for his work in the late '80s and '90s, including tracks like "Treat 'Em Right." His contributions are sometimes overlooked in present-day retrospectives.