bands/musicians The Dopest Rappers of the '90s  

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List Rules 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 Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap - See The Best Tupac Shakur Songs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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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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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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

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A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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

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

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Guru Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Too $hort Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Queen Latifah Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz

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House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk