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The Best '90s Rappers

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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 too soon.

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

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    Tupac Shakur

    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    100
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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, Political hip hop More
    91
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    most listed
    Dr. Dre

    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap More
    90
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    88
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap More
    87
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    Nas

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    85
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    81
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    Wu-Tang Clan

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    78
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    74
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    72
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    André 3000

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music More
    72
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    often listed
    Jay-Z

    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    71
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    Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    71
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    71
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore More
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    68
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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
    68
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    68
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    Method Man and Redman

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    68
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
    64
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    63
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap More
    61
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap More
    61
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    59
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    Prodigy

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
    57
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    57
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap More
    51
    added by: bojanthebest
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    De La Soul

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
    50
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap More
    50
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
    49
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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop More
    49
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    47
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
    46
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop More
    44
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Folk music More
    41
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    Hip hop music, Comedy music, Indie rock More
    41
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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop More
    40
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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Gangsta rap More
    40
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop More
    40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Aaron Dontez Yates

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop More
    39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    the lox

    38
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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
    38
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    often listed
    Foxy Brown

    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall More
    38
  50. 50
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop More
    37
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