Top 10 Classic Rap Artists that are Lesser Known Today

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Nice-N-Smooth: Known for their hits like "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow" and "DWYCK," their impact on rap's evolution is sometimes undervalued in modern conversations.

Kool G Rap: An influential figure in East Coast rap, often praised for his storytelling and multisyllabic rhymes, isn't as frequently cited in today's discussions.

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.