Today we celebrate the veterans of the Hip Hop game and no better years to recall than the 90s. Various rappers brought us the best rap songs of all time and their music influenced and ushered in a new generation of rappers.
Let’s take a look at 5 best rappers of the 90s:
It’s impossible to mention 90s rappers without Tupac Shakur making the list. Despite his death back in 1996, Tupac has remained to be one of the most influential rappers in history. He rapped about everything that mattered to him from gang wars to civil rights and drug addiction but most importantly, he was a remarkable storyteller – something that few rappers to date have been able to live up to.
Biggie is also referred (by some) to as one of the greatest rappers of all time. In between drug dealing and trying to support his family, Biggie released a sprawling masterpiece Ready to Die in 1994. Few years later, he dropped a double album Life After Death, consisting of sprawling, diverse, incredibly ambitious collection of songs that took us a while to digest. His lyrical talent, complex rhyme schemes and uncompromising flow is what made his music so great.
If you ask me, Snoop is one of the coolest rappers of his time. His run kicked off with his 1993 album Doggystyle that was masterminded by Dr. Dre. His instantly recognizable voice that is supplemented with a flow so smooth is what made his music so dope in the 90s. Some of his most memorable tracks include: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” ft Pharrell, “Whats My Name?” and “Still a G Thang”.
Jay- Z is one of the few 90s rappers who hasn’t fizzled out despite his retirement. He started his remarkable run with the 1996 release of Reasonable Doubt. His mafioso rap blueprint brought a different kind of energy to the game. His charisma, wit, and skillful wordplay quickly pushed him to the top with albums like In My Lifetime, that went platinum, Hard Knock Life and Life and times of S. Carter 1999 that was certified 3x platinum.
Nas started off Illmatic , an album that is arguably the most influential record in rap history and it was just the beginning. His second album It Was Written, became Nas’ most commercially successful album. He sold millions of records and maintained his fan base thoughout the 90s.