The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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List Criteria: Only rappers whose peak years came in the 1990s.

The best '90s rappers and rap groups brought us some of the best rap songs of all time with artists like Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and the Notorious B.I.G. dominating the decade. Often described as the "golden age" of hip hop and rap, the 1990s introduced many rappers and rap groups that would go on to become the best rappers of all time.

During the beginning of the decade, prominent acts and rappers like Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy led the charts as their fame, first established in the 1980s, continued. Each brought something new and interesting to the rap world, such as Ice Cube's 1991 release of "Death Certificate," which dealt with real-world issues like racism, Los Angeles gangs, and drugs.

As the decade continued, one of the best rap albums of all time came along in 1992. Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" made the now-legendary producer and rapper's name, along with the name of another up-and-coming rapper, Snoop Dogg, known around the world. Snoop and Dre represented the West Coast of the United States and alongside the late Tupac Shakur and the rest of the Death Row family, these rappers dominated the genre for the next several years. But there was another coast ready to battle for that top spot on the charts.

Enter the Bad Boy family from the East Coast with top names like Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. These two sides were crucial in the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry that not only produced some of the top rap music of the decade but also ultimately ended the lives of 2Pac and Biggie, as both were tragically murdered.

All of these rappers and their music influenced and ushered in a new generation of rappers, the best rappers of the 2000s, and put up a good fight for the best decade for rap music ever. Which 90s rapper is your favorite? Vote for the ones you like the best below or add your favorite to the list!
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    Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    the people's #1
    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap See The Best Tupac Shakur Songs

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    The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best The Notorious B.I.G. Songs

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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Nas Songs

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    Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap See The Best Dr. Dre Songs

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    Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap See The Best Snoop Dogg Songs

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    Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop See The Best Ice Cube Songs

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop See The Best Eminem Songs

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    Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Wu-Tang Clan Songs

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    N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap See The Best N.W.A Songs

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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop See The Best DMX Songs

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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore See The Best Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Songs

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    Rakim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Rakim Songs

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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap See The Best Jay-Z Songs

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    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Big L is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop See The Best Big L Songs

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best LL Cool J Songs

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    Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall See The Best Busta Rhymes Albums

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    Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap See The Best Raekwon Songs

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    Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Big Pun Songs

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    Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Method Man and Redman Songs

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    Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop See The Best Mobb Deep Songs

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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music See The Best Mos Def Songs

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    Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop See The Best Run–D.M.C. Albums

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    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap See The Best Scarface Songs

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    Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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    Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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    A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Common is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Outkast is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Coolio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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    Guru is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

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    Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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