Best Rappers of the '90s

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The Top Ten

1 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

I don't really listen to rap but he's amazing

R.I.P ghetto king of rap, 2pac stays in my heart forever, no rapper poured as much emotion and compassion into lyrics and delivery as makavelli.

Tupac Is the greatest rapper in all history.
Hitem'up, Thug luv, Troublesome 96', Ghost, California love, Dear mama, Soon As I Get home, Untouchables. And His Very Close Friend or They Call him Tupacs Cousin. Yaki Kadafi. R.I.P Both.

Number 1 The GOAT

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2 Notorious B.I.G. Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.

Best music ever

Legend

Lyrical talent, complex rhyme schemes, uncompromising flow, and frankly one of the deepest back stories makes Biggie the best rapper ever.

The Notorious Biggie Smalls in my eyes is Number 1. To me his a legend that will live forever in the hip hop world. Nobody has inspired me like B.I. G has, the flow, the raps, stories, background and of course the persona that the legend had. Biggie, your my idol, rest in peace my hero, One Love

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3 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Not really popular until 1999 when the album 2001 came out and the slim shady lip but is the greatest rapper of all time

M&M the best rapper ALIVE, common' this guy saved our *sses, he came right after "death" of The Best Ever Rapper To Walk This Earth in Tupac, dope lyrics, great storyteller, mad flow "listen to rap god", sick beats, just common he should be further up the list. No Disrespect to those above but for me he should be.

Always the best, doesn't matter that his super fame came in the 2000's, The Marshall Mathers Lp was the second best rap album of all time, recovery is the 1st, Eminem rules ever decennia

I give it to Eminem to he is one of the fastest rappers

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4 Eazy-E Eazy-E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications ...read more.

The Godfather of Gangsta Rap, Eazy E is greatest.

It has been 19 years since this Legend's passing. I would call him the Grandfather of Gangsta rap. His contributions to the Gangsta rap community are phenomenal and perfected what is what we call Gangsta rap.

He may not of written his lyrics, but the way he rapped them and the sound of his voice and the music is why I vote Eazy

Eazy E was the greatest rapper of his time. He did write SOME lyrics. Everyone at Ruthless records would pitch in.

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5 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, ...read more.

Yeah, should be #2/3

Should be number 2

Ice cube started rapping with N.W.A now look at him still making music even movies

Completely original, still doing it too.

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6 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

Dre is the king of gangsta rap beats. I don't think anyone has ever made better beats then him, especially in his songs "Still Dre" "Forgot about Dre" and "Xxplosive".

"pioner of the rap scene"

Dr Dre may have not made a lot of songs, and when he did they were fire. He was behind the scenes on EVERYTHING. Should be top 4 at least

What the hell? Dre is a great producer but his rapping isn't very good at all - mediocre at best. Also he get's ghost writers to do it for him.

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7 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and entrepreneur born on September 14, 1973 in New York City. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time. He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

Nas should be number 1 or if not number 2 after 2Pac. No way in hell should ice cube be higher.

Nas should be number 1 how are all these joke rappers ahead of him, this is madness!

Seriously! How the hell are Ice Cube and Eazy E higher than Nas? Nas straight up owned the 90's, he dropped two of the best albums in hip hop, and Eazy-E didn't even write his own lyrics! This is blasphemy! Biggie is also higher, which is also messed up, Biggie is nowhere near as good as Nas is and he is overrated because of his death. - DaWyteNight

Eazy-E sucks! Nas is better!

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8 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., (born, October 20, 1971) known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and television personality from Long Beach, California.

Snoop doggy dogg dropped doggystyle a major sick album! Why ain't he ahead of AZ?!?!

Why is he not ahead of dre and eazy, his flow smashes them both together

Should be ahead of Eminem, should be in top 3!

For get snoop dog he thinks he,s bad not even from Compton

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9 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and investor born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his albums Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album. He is considered to be one of the best rappers of ...read more.

Are you guys all stupid? Reasonable doubt was flawless and one of the best rap albums ever made along with illmatic, ready to die and all eyes on me. Jay should be easily top 3 if not number one. There's no way in hell canibus, puffy, snoop and so many more should be above jay

Jay z should be in the top 10 Em is one of the best but he only released one album in the 90s and it was 1999 so he shouldn't be on here

Jay is the total package of an ideal mc. The voice lyrics unorthodox flow and records sold. He took this rap thing far beyond anyone! Wether you like him or not you can't ignore the fact that jay-z is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper.

Jay-z should be at least three or four.. You gotta be kidding me #10?

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10 LL Cool J LL Cool J James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J, Is an American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York.

Better than all! Still Balling!

He is the best rapper of all time and is cool and he is also ll

Juicy

He's alright but nothing special - DaWyteNight

The Contenders

11 Big L Big L Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.

Big L is one of the best rappers of all time. If it weren't for his life ending early he would have continued to influence the rap world for years to come. Some of the fastest flows around

Big L RIP

Big L is the #1 in my book. Undefeated, his lyrical finesse and gritty eloquence define what it means to be a dope rapper and no one except Shady comes close to being able to illustrate a story like Big L does... So well that you can feel the dirt under your nails and its like you're right there with him, climbing the stairs to the hotel room in Jersey to ambush his cheating girlfriend and perpetrators.. He's so bomb he still gives me chills. - beans06

pure talent! Lifestylez ov the Poor and Dangerous is one of the best rap albums ever made! just NY repping hip hop at its best with no crap track!

Big L was one of the best rappers, period. His flow was amazing, and his wordplay was on top. He was never considered one of the best but I promise he's worth listening to. Especially "Fed Up Wit' The Bulls***". He was undefeated and still is to this day.

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12 Rakim Rakim William Michael Griffin, Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is an American rapper. He was born on January 28, 1968.

Rakim's word play and near and inner rhymes really pulled him out from any other rapper into one of the best. Even with his latest album in 2006, he still rules the M.I. C

What Rakim should be top 4.

13 Black Thought Black Thought Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor.

A best rappers list and Thought is not in the top 10? This is madness. - DaWyteNight

14 Guru Guru

Guru all the way down here? SMH - DaWyteNight

Should be ranked way higher. Had mad flows, inspirational, and S/O to his sick beats DJ Premier

15 MC Ren MC Ren Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner of the record label Villain Entertainment. His moniker is derived from the middle letters in his first name.

This isn't MC Ren this is who played him in NWA but He is still a dope rapper

He is so underrated and cube eazy and dre got all the attention at nwa but ren rapped a lot

Underrated. He gave a huge contribution to NWA and was hugely ignored because of the rivalries between Eazy and Dre. Also made one of the best albums in hip hop:
Shock of the hour

I know he was apart of it to

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16 Diddy

Are Diddy and Puffy Combs the same person?

17 The D.O.C. The D.O.C.

You can't sleep on The D.O.C., he had flow back in the day and was before his time! He had substance, flow, and bomb beats. Believe that.

D.O.C. on the set we're kicking fresh y'all

Juicy

18 OutKast OutKast Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping ...read more.

They are probably the best rap group from the south and with albums such as Aquemini and ATLiens in the 90's they proved that. They were extremely influential and ahead of their time and they should at least deserved to be mentioned when speaking of the "Golden Age" of hip hop. When it comes to rap, Andre 3000 was an amazing MC in the 90's and Big Boi was very good as well. Although they are a duo, you should at least add one, and if not both, for they are true pioneers of the Dirty South.

Some of the sickest beats definitely should be up at the top above jay z songs like players ball and southernplaysticcadilacmuzik were amazing songs. Thank you Big Boi and Andre for the real rap you and wu tang are my favorites

Mos definitely top 10

I cannot belive they are this far down. Some of the best lyrics you will ever find. I am very dissapointed.

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19 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide.

The group that got me into the rap scene with black Sunday in the early 90s, B real's unique style and muggs producing made cypress hill stand out from the crowd and got me listening to other rap gods such as pac, BIG, nas, jigga, snoop, DMX and Eminem, all could be top spot depending on your personal style in what was truly a golden era for hip hop and I thank the Hill clan for introducing me into the world of rap music

Favorite songs come from cypress

Legalize

20 Big Daddy Kane Big Daddy Kane Antonio Hardy, better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor who started his career in 1986 as a member of the rap collective the Juice Crew.
21 Big Pun Big Pun Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.

The man should be top 10 at least if not top 5. He's better than Biggie, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, and he's definitely much better than Eazy and Wayne. - DaWyteNight

He's far better than Lil Wayne to start off and he's just a lyrical genius, amazing flow, great rhyming techniques, word play and basically in general a great MC. He deserves a top 10 spot and that's no doubt, all his tracks are far better than most rappers.

Should be nearer the top RIP

Great lyricist

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22 C.L. Smooth C.L. Smooth
23 Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.

Amazing rapper! Busta appeals to all genres in my opinion! One of the best alternative rappers ever, and extremely intelligent lyrically. Nuthin but love

He's rad

THIS NIQQA BE SEXY

24 Pharoahe Monch Pharoahe Monch
25 Xzibit Xzibit
26 Puffy Combs

Why is Sean combs on this list as puffy combs and diddy? - Thicc_Neeson

Should be in the top ten.

27 AZ AZ

AZ is one of the most underrated and under appreciated rappers ever. It's hard to believe that Dre and Eminem beat him on this list. Tsk tsk

For sure the best that never seemed to make it big

Juicy

AZ should be #4

28 Canibus Canibus Germaine Williams, better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican born-American rapper and actor.

One of the most talented MCs - jameshoward

29 Raekwon Raekwon Corey Quontrell Woods, better known by the stage name Raekwon, is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Wu tang

30 Fat Joe Fat Joe Joseph Antonio Cartagena, better known by his stage name Fat Joe, is an American rapper and actor from the Bronx, New York.
31 Lil Kim Lil Kim
32 Redman Redman Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper, DJ, record producer, and actor.

The best rapper alive in my opinion

33 MF DOOM MF DOOM Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the mans name

He's flow was amazing he HAS to be higher!

34 Zack De la Rocha Zack De la Rocha Zacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against ...read more.
35 Krayzie Bone Krayzie Bone Anthony Henderson, better known as Krayzie Bone, is an American rapper, producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

One of the fastest rappers of all time

Best Lyricist ever. No other rapper on this list can compete with his flow and his word selection.

36 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

Compare to some that are above him I don’t think he was that bad along with Juvenile should at least be in the
top ten

Get this douche off this list he doesn't deserve it

How is Lil Wayne above Rakim, Wu tang Clan and Rakim, how is he even on this list.

Lil Wayne is good to he rapped with m&m

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37 Kid Frost
38 DMX DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970.

Two albums in 6 months.

Nobody did that

Put him in the number 2 list

Dmx should be in the top 10

No way 64 way up

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39 Jadakiss Jadakiss

Top 5 dead or alive and that's just off 1 LP

40 Mobb Deep Mobb Deep Mobb Deep was an American hip hop music duo from Queensbridge Houses, New York. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were a hardcore East Coast hip hop group.

Their lyrics is dope they should be number 2 after 2pac Biggie

Pun at 30 and the mobb at 32?!? Wow...

Mobb deep should be number 2 out of this list with nas number 1 queensbridge finest

If "P" double isn't in your top 10 then either your ears were closed half of your life or this is a joke lmao

41 Slick Rick Slick Rick
42 Cee Lo Green Cee Lo Green Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, known professionally as CeeLo Green, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor.
43 Common Common Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet from Chicago, Illinois.

By the way Redman is 11 origionally
-AceOfThrones

I used to love H.E.R. is a hip hop classic.

44 50 Cent 50 Cent Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

What we all know 50 belongs on the top 10!

45 Method Man Method Man Clifford Smith, better known by his stage name Method Man, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is known as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan. He is also one half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman.

Method man was the first member of the wu tang to make the first solo album called TICAL he has to be at least close to the top 10

This whole order is messed up meth should be in the top 10

Meeds to be top 10

Sorry bud but gza was he made his before the wu tang one

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46 Q-Tip

Low end theory speaks for itself

47 Coolio Coolio Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known professionally as Coolio, is an American musician, rapper, chef, actor, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid to late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise, and My Soul.

He should be further up

Coolio Is Awesome
Gangstas Paradise

48 Mystikal Mystikal Michael Lawrence Tyler, known professionally as Mystikal, is an American rapper and actor from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mystikal is a beast ass rappers

49 Ghostface Killah Ghostface Killah Dennis Coles, better known by his stage name Ghostface Killah, is an American rapper and prominent member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Best Wu Tang member - jameshoward

50 Gang Starr

Should be a higher score

Top 3 for all rap

HOW IS GANG STARR ALL THE WAY AT 52?! These greates need to be in the top 5, breh!

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