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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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9,111 2,153
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Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap - See The Best Tupac Shakur Songs

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2
7,380 2,031
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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

3
5,916 1,801
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Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - See The Best Nas Songs

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4,580 1,532
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Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap - See The Best Dr. Dre Songs

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5,294 1,276
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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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4,787 1,622
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Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap - See The Best Snoop Dogg Songs

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5,221 1,481
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Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Eminem Songs

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4,204 1,083
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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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3,148 643
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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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3,455 1,061
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Eazy-E Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

11
2,962 1,076
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DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best DMX Songs

12
2,065 906
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Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop - See The Best Rakim Songs

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2,650 1,931
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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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2,504 896
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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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2,275 1,191
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Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Big L Songs

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2,357 1,126
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André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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1,967 644
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Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - See The Best Busta Rhymes Albums

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1,669 765
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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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1,261 822
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Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap - See The Best Raekwon Songs

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1,608 590
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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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1,091 314
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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1,815 849
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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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1,386 317
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 23 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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1,695 844
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Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music - See The Best Mos Def Songs

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1,731 413
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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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945 387
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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1,456 785
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Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap - See The Best Scarface Songs

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1,309 491
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A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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1,022 535
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Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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1,166 554
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KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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1,219 396
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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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1,097 416
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Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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1,335 735
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Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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719 142
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1,190 338
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Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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1,114 710
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Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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912 666
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De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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971 358
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Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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579 221
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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901 716
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Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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986 538
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Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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776 663
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Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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549 259
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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692 471
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Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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718 429
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Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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612 349
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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661 529
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Guru Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

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441 314
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
bigolooch added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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590 401
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MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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750 507
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bojanthebest added Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap