Award Shows The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s  

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Believe it or not, the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album wasn't presented until 1996. That's the year that trio Naughty by Nature took home the first-ever trophy in the category, winning the prize for their chart-topping album Poverty's Paradise. The Recording Academy had been slow to recognize the quickly growing genre, but voters seemed eager to make up for lost time. The rest of that decade saw the Grammys recognizing nominees and winners including Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott, and Wu-Tang Clan.

What LPs will you find on this list of the best rap albums of the 1990s? The decade was seemingly all about Biggie and Tupac. Shockingly, neither iconic artist ever took home the trophy although they were both nominated on several occasions. Later in the decade, Jay-Z emerged as a favorite among fans and Grammy voters.

A Tribe Called Quest was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album twice in the 1990s, for The Love Movement and Beats, Rhymes and Life. Other great recordings featured on this list of Grammy-nominated 1990s albums include Missy Elliott's Supa Dupa Fly and Mr. Smith by LL Cool J.

Which Grammy nominee do you think should top this 1990s rap albums list? Give your favorite records a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot.

list ordered by

1
238 52
Wu-Tang Forever is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Wu-Tang Clan - Nominated in 1998.

2
178 57
Life After Death is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
The Notorious B.I.G. - Nominated in 1998.

3
181 60
All Eyez on Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Tupac Shakur - Nominated in 1997.

4
147 59
Return to the 36 Chambers: The... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Nominated in 1996.

5
138 63
The Complete Score is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Fugees - Won in 1997.

6
140 65
Me Against the World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Tupac Shakur - Nominated in 1996.

7
111 59
Beats, Rhymes and Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
A Tribe Called Quest - Nominated in 1997.

8
113 70
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Jay-Z - Won in 1999.

9
104 64
E. 1999 Eternal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Nominated in 1996.

10
99 61
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Big Punisher - Nominated in 1999.

11
59 71
The Love Movement is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
A Tribe Called Quest - Nominated in 1999.

12
51 65
Poverty's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Naughty by Nature - Won in 1996.

13
53 75
No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Puff Daddy & The Family, Sean Combs - Won in 1998.

14
53 75
Supa Dupa Fly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Missy Elliott - Nominated in 1998.

15
52 76
Mr. Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
LL Cool J - Nominated in 1997.

16
50 82
The Carnival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Wyclef Jean - Nominated in 1998.

17
52 90
Gangsta's Paradise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio - Nominated in 1997.

18
43 86
Harlem World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Mase - Nominated in 1999.

19
21 98
Life In 1472 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
Life In 1472 Jermaine Dupri - Nominated in 1999.

20
22 104
I Wish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Rap Albums of the 1990s
I Wish Skee-Lo - Nominated in 1996.