The Dopest Rappers of the '90s Bands/Musicians

The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

115k votes 13k voters 895k views 126 items tags f p @

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!
List Photo: user uploaded image
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 29 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 6,181
    - 1,277
    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

    ;
  2. 2
    + 5,018
    - 1,236
    The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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

    ;
  3. 3
    + 3,961
    - 1,000
    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

    ;
  4. 4
    + 2,886
    - 817
    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

    ;
  5. 5
    + 3,495
    - 820
    Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  6. 6
    + 3,170
    - 1,004
    Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  7. 7
    + 2,817
    - 867


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

    ;
  8. 8
    + 2,737
    - 662
    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

    ;
  9. 9
    + 2,256
    - 601


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

    ;
  10. 10
    + 1,809
    - 288
    N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  11. 11
    + 2,050
    - 674
    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

    ;
  12. 12
    + 1,319
    - 505
    Rakim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  13. 13
    + 1,721
    - 515
    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  14. 14
    + 1,859
    - 1,300

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap See The Best Jay-Z Songs

    ;
  15. 15
    + 1,638
    - 774
    André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

    ;
  16. 16
    + 1,556
    - 780
    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

    ;
  17. 17
    + 1,114
    - 444


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

    ;
  18. 18
    + 1,286
    - 385
    Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall See The Best Busta Rhymes Albums

    ;
  19. 19
    + 860
    - 491
    Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap See The Best Raekwon Songs

    ;
  20. 20
    + 1,264
    - 567
    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

    ;
  21. 21
    + 1,135
    - 233
    Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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

    ;
  22. 22
    + 953
    - 319
    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

    ;
  23. 23
    + 1,249
    - 578
    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

    ;
  24. 24
    + 774
    - 225
    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

    ;
  25. 25
    + 1,060
    - 533
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap See The Best Scarface Songs

    ;
  26. 26
    + 678
    - 224
    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

    ;
  27. 27
    + 794
    - 168

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

    ;
  28. 28
    + 539
    - 131

    added by bigolooch
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

    ;
  29. 29
    + 718
    - 168
    Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ;
  30. 30
    + 814
    - 361
    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

    ;
  31. 31
    + 448
    - 169

    added by but chickens double d
    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  32. 32
    + 696
    - 336
    Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  33. 33
    + 657
    - 192
    Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

    ;
  34. 34
    + 799
    - 315
    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

    ;
  35. 35
    + 843
    - 494
    Common is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  36. 36
    + 673
    - 459
    De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  37. 37
    + 958
    - 520
    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

    ;
  38. 38
    + 674
    - 332
    Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

    ;
  39. 39
    + 651
    - 534
    Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

    ;
  40. 40
    + 510
    - 254
    Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


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

    ;
  41. 41
    + 284
    - 103

    added by Master_C_15
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

    ;
  42. 42
    + 525
    - 408
    Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

    ;
  43. 43
    + 480
    - 300
    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

    ;
  44. 44
    + 256
    - 150

    added by bigolooch
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

    ;
  45. 45
    + 158
    - 28
    Outkast is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    ranked low on reranks & added by GabrielDylanArteaga
    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

    ;
  46. 46
    + 483
    - 350
    Coolio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

    added by bojanthebest
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

    ;
  47. 47
    + 373
    - 237
    MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

    ;
  48. 48
    + 234
    - 84


    Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

    ;
  49. 49
    + 461
    - 347
    Guru is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

    ;
  50. 50
    + 410
    - 346
    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

    ;
127 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >