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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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7,151 1,968
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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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5,714 1,732
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Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop - See The Best Nas Songs

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4,423 1,462
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Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap - See The Best Dr. Dre Songs

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4,996 1,424
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Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Eminem Songs

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4,643 1,574
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Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap - See The Best Snoop Dogg Songs

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5,124 1,236
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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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4,078 1,050
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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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3,020 616
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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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3,337 1,032
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Eazy-E Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

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2,879 1,047
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DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best DMX Songs

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1,985 884
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Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop - See The Best Rakim Songs

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2,577 1,878
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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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2,434 867
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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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2,202 1,158
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Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - See The Best Big L Songs

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2,288 1,101
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André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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1,913 620
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Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall - See The Best Busta Rhymes Albums

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1,615 741
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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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1,212 786
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Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap - See The Best Raekwon Songs

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1,541 572
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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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1,758 833
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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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1,041 296
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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1,658 825
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Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music - See The Best Mos Def Songs

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898 364
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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1,415 768
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Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap - See The Best Scarface Songs

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1,323 303
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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1,692 397
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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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988 522
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Ghostface Killah Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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1,249 482
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A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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1,060 398
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Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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1,183 384
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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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1,132 538
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KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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1,088 697
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Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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1,144 327
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Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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1,297 719
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Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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661 128
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890 652
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De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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933 348
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Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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957 522
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Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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543 208
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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757 647
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Lil' Kim Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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874 701
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Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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694 422
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Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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673 457
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Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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640 518
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Guru Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz

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524 247
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
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568 392
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MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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582 340
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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727 500
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bojanthebest added Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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424 302
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Dopest Rappers of the '90s
bigolooch added Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop