Top 6 Rappers From the 90's
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The 90’s was quite a time to live in. It’s considered the “golden age” for rap. We had artists like Ice Cube, Method Man, and Tribe Called Quest and it was such a revolutionary time for the groundwork of hip-hop. There were plenty of coastal rivalries like the West coast vs. the East coast, but in the end they all made hip-hop and rap in the 90’s one of the best era’s. Today we’ll take a look at the Top 6 Rappers of the 90’s.
To start off this countdown we have Busta Rhymes at number six. His high energy and different style of rap, put him at the top in the rap game. His distinctive voice put a mark in the Hip Hop world and he rose to stardom as a solo artist. His hit single “Woo Hah! Got You All In Check” get the world’s attention in 1996. His video for “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” will forever be a classic with its’ Coming to America theme. He was one of the best lyrically in the 90’s, his fast pace rapping was something different and his videos were full of creativity that kept viewers attention, which is why he is number six on our list.
Next, at number five we have DMX. He’s well-known for his best selling album And Then There Was X in 1999. The hit single “Party Up” was his first top 10 and the album went six times platinum. His second album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, went four times platinum. He’s also known for “Ruff Ryders Anthem” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and released seven studio albums.
Next, in the number four spot is Jay-Z. He made an impact in the 90’s and the 2000’s. It all began with Reasonable Doubt in 1996, which is arguably his best album. He’s known for “The City Is Mine”, “Can I Get A…” and “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” After Biggie’s death, Jay-Z took on New York’s throne. He teamed up three of the best producers Swizz Beats, Timbaland, and Irv Gotti and with their help he was able to create his own sound. Although, his Blueprint album is a fan fav, all four of his 90’s albums rank as his best work.
Next on the list, coming in at number 3 is Nas. Known for “It Ain't Hard to Tell” “The World Is Yours” and “If I Ruled The World” and also as one of the best MC’s in the rap game. He had a large influence over an entire generation of rappers till this day. “If I Ruled The World” featured another top 90’s rapper Lauryn Hill and it sold four million copies. Critics claim he fell off after his album Illmatic, but he will always have a spot as one of the most important people in the hip-hop culture.
Coming in next at number two is the Notorious BIG. He made his mark in the Hip Hop world with Ready To Die in 1994. His biggest hits were “Juicy” “Big Poppa” “One More Chance” “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” featuring Ma$e, Puff Daddy and Kelly Price. He was murdered very early in his career and he became a legend just like that. His lyrics and rap flow were flawless and he was simply just that good.. He was often labeled as “different” and “special” and better than anyone in the rap game. Biggie will live on forever and never be forgotten as a rap pioneer.
Lastly, or should I say first on our list is, you guessed it, Tupac. Pac is number one on many hip-hop lovers lists and on ours as well. Some consider him average with his lyrics and vocals, but he liked to come across straight-forward instead of being metaphorical with his rhymes. He aimed at targeting the neglected and with his “average rapping skills” and aimed to inspire everyone to live life without worrying about the critics. His biggest hits were “I Get Around” “Dear Mama” “California Love” and “How Do U Want It.” It was always Tupac vs. Biggie, East vs. West, but the both of them left a lasting impression on hip-hop. He’s number one on our list because he’s one of the best selling artists of all time and has also sold over 75 million records worldwide. In 2017, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he also had a good acting career playing roles in Juice and Poetic Justice just to name a couple. He was murdered in 1996, right before Biggie was killed as well.
Who’s your top picks from this era? Let us know what you think in the comments.