Beyoncé may have "woke up like this" but her husband spent the Eighties rapping in a Hawaiian shirt. Not every rapper can be Run-D.M.C., changing the world the first time they hit wax. In that spirit, here are 25 recording debuts from successful rappers, ranging from the legendary to the forgotten to the completely regrettable.
The Beastie Boys' Polly Wog Stew EP and the scene-defining New York Thrash cassette comp were both released in 1982, and the 30-second tantrum "Riot Fight" was on both. Despite featuring two famous Beasties, the real star is drummer Kate Schellenbach, who plays a speedy proto-blastbeat that connects the Raincoats to Napalm Death.
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.