Hip-Hop The Dopest Rappers of the '90s  

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List Rules Only rappers whose peak years came in the 1990s.

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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.

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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The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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6,141 2,237
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The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

See: The Best Dr. Dre Songs

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11,553 2,943
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All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

See The Best Tupac Shakur Songs

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9,337 2,670
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Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

See: The Best The Notorious B.I.G. Songs

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6,213 2,070
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Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

See: The Best Snoop Dogg Songs

6
7,550 2,458
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Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

See: The Best Nas Songs

7
4,300 909
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Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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8
6,779 1,656
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AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

See: The Best Ice Cube Songs

9
5,508 1,502
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Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

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10
3,797 1,457
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It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

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11
4,402 1,393
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Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

12
1,597 512
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Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics

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13
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When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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14
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bigolooch added Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, III - Temples Of Boom

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2,710 1,233
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The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

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16
3,063 1,173
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E. 1999 Eternal, BTNHResurrection, The Art of War

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3,331 2,398
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Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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1,247 492
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WesleyJacob added Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King Immortal

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2,937 1,383
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Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

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20
2,112 1,002
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Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

See: The Best LL Cool J Songs

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2,780 1,489
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The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

See: The Best Big L Songs

22
2,200 773
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The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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23
2,127 517
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Blackout!, How High, Blackout! 2

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1,572 1,048
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Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, Immobilarity

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1,720 626
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The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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