Best Rappers of the '90s


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 more.

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.

R.I.P. Tupac Shakur. You are missed. Great albums like 2pacalypse Now, Me Against The World, and Thug Life.

2pac is best rapper of all the time even now 90's,2000's until the end of time
#Tupac I miss you dude I wish I could see you in my naked eyes

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2 Notorious B.I.G. Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered more.

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

Just listen to dead wrong you'll know why

Love his flows

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3 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, 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, he built more.

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

Completely original, still doing it too.

Best rapper out of them all, realest of them all. No other rapper can compete with cube cept pac big and nas

Should be number 2 on the the yall research on cube...

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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 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

The greatest of all time.. the real thug

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5 Nas Nas Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. 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 holds the greatest hip hop album of all time in Illmatic. He also holds several other classics in Stillmatic, It Was Written, and The Lost Tapes. God's Son and Life Is Good are also excellent albums that will at some point be up for discussion as classics. No other MC has managed to rhyme at this level after being in the game so long. His lyrics are both technically impressive, as well as being incredibly creative. (Fetus, Rewind) At this point, Nas should be in every head's top 3 MC's of all time.

Powerful lyrics, I can, on mic, best songs eva.

Best rapper ever and best rap album songs like halftime ny state of mind all classics

NAS should be number 1 in my opinion, but where's the love for my favorite GURU from GANGSTARR and where's TRIBE? SMH

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6 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 more.

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

Bruh he is the illest lyrisict hope that he comes back can't live without him

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7 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. 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

He is the greatest producer in hip hop and has made some dope songs such as "The Watcher" and "Nuttin But A G Thang", he hasn't released lots of albums but every album he has made has changed the next generation of hip hip. The Greatest!

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8 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor 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!


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9 Jay-Z Jay-Z Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name JAY-Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

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.

One of the best ever to be honest reasonable doubt,black album and blueprints were amazing and I've noted his views in upliftment of black as a community and I am not even black.

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10 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 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 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 no jayz is not top ten jayz is wack

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The Contenders

11 LL Cool J LL Cool J

Better than all! Still Balling!

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


12 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


AZ should be #4

13 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



14 Canibus
15 Raekwon Raekwon Corey Quontrell Woods, better known by the stage name Raekwon, is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. V 1 Comment
16 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 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

U guys no matter blackc nor white better show respek

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17 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.

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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18 Puffy Combs

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

Should be in the top ten.

19 Diddy

Are Diddy and Puffy Combs the same person?

20 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


21 Lil Kim Lil Kim
22 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.
23 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

24 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. V 2 Comments
25 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. He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career. He's often criticized for talking more.

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

Lil wayne a lil bitch

26 GZA GZA Gary Grice, better known by his stage names GZA and The Genius, is an American rapper and songwriter.

He ain't called the genus for nothing. This man is a lyrical genius, he has the right voice, the right flow, and sick beats, love that classic New York accent. Easily top 3.

Unmatchable lyrics and word play one of the greatest and the best of the Wu tang clan

27 Xzibit Xzibit
28 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


29 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!

30 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 more.
31 Method Man Method Man

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

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32 Krayzie Bone Krayzie Bone

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.

33 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. more.

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

Big Pun is literally a musical genius. His flow is amazing and his rhymes are mind blowing. Super Lyrical, You Ain't A Killer, and 100% were all amazing songs and maybe he isn't 1st, but he should definelty be ahead of Canibus, Lil' Wayne (why the f*** is he on this list) and Busta Rhymes - ILikeChocolateMilk

34 Slick Rick Slick Rick
35 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!

36 Jadakiss

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

37 Mobb Deep Mobb Deep

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

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

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38 Kid Frost
39 Q-Tip

Low end theory speaks for itself

40 Guru

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

41 Mystikal Mystikal

Mystikal is a beast ass rappers

42 Paris
43 Kurupt

Best flow with snoop and goes hard

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44 Bun B Bun B Bernard Freeman, known by his stage name Bun B, is an American rapper and was one half of the southern rap duo UGK.
45 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. V 1 Comment
46 Juvenile
47 Jeru the Damaja
48 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!

49 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is often referred more.

Will smith is a dumbass

50 Juicy J Juicy J
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