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Lil Rodney Cee was the first rapper to use ‘Lil’

Lil Rodney Cee, a member of Funky 4 + 1 (), who is featured on Funky 4 + 1’s 1979 hit single “Rappin And Rocking The House” was the first rapper to have ‘Lil’ in his name. was a member of The Funky Four Plus 1 and later Double Trouble. Lil Rodney Cee is also known for his M.C. Battle with Starski on Wild Style.

According to 2018 data from Spotify, there are over 8,000 artists with the prefix ‘Lil’ in their name on the platform alone.

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Kurtis Blow first rapper on Soul Train

Kurtis Blow was the first rapper to appear on national television