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!
Albums: All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Still I Rise, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., + more
Albums: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate, Lethal Injection, Laugh Now, + more
Albums: Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again, Duets: The Final Chapter, Greatest Hits, + more
Albums: Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams, The W, The Swarm, + more
Albums: Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits, Family Tree, 100 Miles and Runnin', + more
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Albums: Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album, It Was Written, Stillmatic, + more
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Albums: Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal, Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas in tha Dogg House, Welcome To The Dogg House, + more
Albums: The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show, Infinite, Recovery, + more
Albums: The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride, California Love, The Chronicle: The Best of the Works..., + more
Albums: Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E, Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton, 5150: Home 4 tha Sick, + more
Albums: Blackout!, How High, Blackout! 2, Mrs. International, Blackout! 3, + more
Albums: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, ...And Then There Was X, Grand Champ, + more
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Albums: Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler, I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By, Tical 0: The Prequel, + more
Albums: The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep, Hell on Earth, Amerikaz Nightmare, + more
Albums: E. 1999 Eternal, BTNHResurrection, The Art of War, Creepin on Ah Come Up, The Collection Volume One, + more
Albums: When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming, Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front, C'Mon (Catch 'em by Surprise), + more
Albums: Stankonia, Aquemini, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, ATLiens, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, + more
Albums: The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found, The Master, Addictive, + more
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Albums: Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing, The Sleazy Remix
Albums: The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Love Movement, Beats, + more
Albums: Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Down With the King, Tougher Than Leather, + more
Albums: Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, III - Temples Of Boom, Rise Up, Till Death Do Us Part, + more
Albums: Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, Nate Dogg, + more
Albums: Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith, G.O.A.T. (The Greatest of All Time), Bigger and Deffer, + more