Let's take a look back to a time when rap music was just starting to evolve. The sound was new and people were getting hooked on it by the millions.

Today there are a lot of great rappers that say they were influenced by the artists who started the art. Here are Top rao artists of the 1980's. Vote for the one YOU think was the best, or feel free to make your own pick, after all there are so many great ones.

5. The Beastie Boys

4. L.L. Cool J

3. Ice T

2.Public Enemy

1. Run D.M.C.