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25 Astonishing First Appearances By Famous Rappers

Hear some of the earliest recorded rhymes from Jay Z, Eminem, Beastie Boys and more

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Ice-T

"The Coldest Rap (Part 1)" (1983)

"Back then I was only rapping about fly clothes, jewelry, and rides," said Ice-T. "It was confident player shit, because we were living it!" Signed to the short-lived Saturn Records after producer Willy Strong heard him spitting rhymes in Good Fred Beauty Salon, Ice-T's list of sexual positions, "The Coldest Rap (Part 1)" was a far cry from the "street-level journalism" he would pioneer on 1986's "6 in tha Mornin'." But, nonetheless it was infectious enough to be a club hit in California, kickstarting one of the West Coast's greatest discographies. Long before Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis met Ms. Jackson, their beat was used for this blooping, bubbling, breakdance-ready synth explosion.

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