The Dopest Rappers of the '90s Bands/Musicians

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

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

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  2. 2
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    - 1165
    The Notorious B.I.G.

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

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  3. 3
    + 3678
    - 943
    Nas


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

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    - 740
    Dr. Dre


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

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  5. 5
    + 3269
    - 777
    Ice Cube


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

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    - 948
    Snoop Dogg


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

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    - 796


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

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  8. 8
    + 2545
    - 625
    Wu-Tang Clan


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

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  9. 9
    + 1647
    - 256
    N.W.A

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

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  10. 10
    + 2094
    - 554
    Eazy-E


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

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  11. 11
    + 1926
    - 640
    DMX


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

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  12. 12
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    - 470
    Rakim


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

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    - 470
    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony


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

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    + 1755
    - 1225

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap See The Best Jay-Z Songs

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  15. 15
    + 1464
    - 737
    Big L


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

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    + 1043
    - 401
    LL Cool J


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

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    + 1542
    - 730
    André 3000


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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  18. 18
    + 1200
    - 359
    Busta Rhymes

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

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    + 797
    - 464
    Raekwon

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap See The Best Raekwon Songs

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    + 1187
    - 538
    Big Pun


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

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    + 1049
    - 216
    Method Man and Redman

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

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    + 868
    - 298
    Mobb Deep


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

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    - 553
    Mos Def


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

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    + 710
    - 203
    Run–D.M.C.


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

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    + 1007
    - 514
    Scarface

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap See The Best Scarface Songs

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    + 617
    - 205
    Public Enemy


    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 484
    - 108

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

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    - 146
    Nate Dogg

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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  29. 29
    + 752
    - 342
    KRS-One

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 726
    - 155

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

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  31. 31
    + 394
    - 150

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

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    + 647
    - 316
    Ghostface Killah


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

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    + 612
    - 175
    Naughty by Nature

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

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    + 737
    - 294
    A Tribe Called Quest


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    + 805
    - 470
    Common


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    + 644
    - 436
    De La Soul


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    + 910
    - 498
    Lauryn Hill


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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  38. 38
    + 636
    - 307
    Missy Elliott


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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  39. 39
    + 615
    - 514
    Prodigy

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    + 471
    - 234
    Slick Rick


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

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    + 244
    - 77

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

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    + 490
    - 382
    Lil' Kim


    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 453
    - 282
    Q-Tip


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    + 223
    - 132

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

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  45. 45
    + 453
    - 328
    Coolio

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

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    + 103
    - 11
    Outkast

    added by GabrielDylanArteaga
    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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  47. 47
    + 348
    - 217
    MC Ren


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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  48. 48
    + 429
    - 327
    Guru


    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

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  49. 49
    + 195
    - 68


    Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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    + 389
    - 320
    Fat Joe


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

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