The Best '90s Rappers Bands/Musicians
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The Best '90s Rappers

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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    the people's #1
    Tupac Shakur

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    most listed
    Snoop Dogg

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    93
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop More
    91
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    87
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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
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    Jay-Z

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    65
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    Eazy-E

    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    64
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore More
    61
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    N.W.A

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    59
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Method Man and Redman

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    56
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
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    Mobb Deep

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    48
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap More
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    added by: bojanthebest
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Comedy music, Indie rock More
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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music More
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    Naughty by Nature

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop More
    38
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap More
    38
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap More
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    Hip hop music More
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    added by: ΦώτηςΤσούμας
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
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