list of top 8 rap of 90’s
For this list, we are choosing what we feel are the most iconic rap songs of the decade, based on their popularity, commercial success, production, lyrical quality, and cultural impact.
This decade saw the development of hip-hop’s golden age. Gangster rap, the east coast and west coast hip hop rivalry, and the mainstream breakthrough of the genre. In this article, we will be counting down our picks for the top 10 hip-hop songs of the 90s. This is part of a series of videos from the birth of rap music to 2000.
1st hip-hop Song on our list
Gangsta Paradise” (1995)—Coolio Feat L.V.
Gangsta’s Paradise” is the best-known and highest-charting single by American rapper Coolio. Interpolating Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song “Pastime Paradise”, and featuring American singer L.V. The single was released on August 1, 1995, and ten days later it was heard in the film Dangerous Minds. The 1995 song changed the rapper’s life, bringing a rush of stardom — along with a level of success he was unable to match again. Recently the Grammy-winning hip-hop singer died at the age of 59.
Scenario” (1991)— A tribe called Quest feat. Leaders of the new school.
We can thank this song for really bringing Busta rhymes, a former member of the leaders of a new school to the forefront. Busta splits some rhymes in this hip-hop song that we are still repeating more than twenty years later. Besides his verse, the scenario has to be one of the best efforts from the tribe called quest. As it got multiple rappers breaking out rhymes over a playful beach, meanwhile the track’s call-in response style is so infectious that we can’t help but sing along.
“Regulate” (1994)— Warren G feat. Nate Dogg.
Originally released on the above-the-rim soundtrack this west coast hip hop and G funk number helped Warren G and Nate Dogg
achieve mainstream success. Rising quickly up the charts, regulate peaked at the Billboard Hot 100 second split and features the artist rapping about fighting and chasing women. Sammlung Micheal McDonald’s I keep forgetting, the tune shares the same smooth feeling and was accompanied by a popular MTV music video.
” Mass Appeal ” ( 1994)— Gang Starr
With this single gangster went straight for the jugular and called out those fake MCs. Speaking about those rappers who sell out to gain a large audience and their lack of respect for such MCs, it’s a bold statement to make but the duo backs it up with their intricate wordplay and original flow. While we Shouldn’t ignore DJ premier’s trademark production on the track. The mass appeal also helped gangsters’ words live on and earn the spot as real MCs.
” N.Y State of Mind “- (1994)— Nas
As one of the best hip-hop artists out there ‘ Nas’ has contributed a lot to the game case in point the world is yours, but it’s the New york state of mind that got our vote. Influenced by Kool G’s raps streets of new york this Illmatic track has the artist rapping about the tough streets of the big apple and his musical skills. He is introspective and catchy two qualities that bid lesser talents and the song itself is a prime cut of the east coast and hardcore hip hop.
” Gin and Juice “(1993)— Snoop Doggy Dogg.
This ode to a cocktail may not sound like the hardest song out there but gin and juice is definitely no sify. In his depiction of a more laid-back side of street life, snoop raps of hanging out and smoking weed and drinking.
The three-and-a-half-minute track is at its catchiest when snoop whales the lives of the chorus. Reaching the hot 100 top 10 it also earned a grammy nod for Best Rap solo performance.
” Shook Ones (part II) ” (1994)— Mobb Deep
People who think Sequels are never as good as the originals should think again. This sequel to Mobb’s deep promo single shook ones DK sent only equal to the original but better it. It may have few curse words but it is undoubtedly a classic in the east coast and hardcore hip hop. Earning loads of critical acclaim the lead single from the group Sophomore effort is five and a half minutes from the Queensbridge duo’s finest hour.
“California Love” (1995)—2Pac Feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman.
2 Pac showed that being locked up didn’t slow him down with this single which was his first release after his stint in jail. This ode to California has Tupac spitting about the superiority of his adopted home. Its laid-back vibe and beat are so infectious that clusters can’t help but imagine the perfect California day. This Hip Hop song became a chart-topping hit and was honored with a posthumous Grammy Nomination making it the biggest hit of the rapper’s career.
There is a vast collection of songs from the golden age which is unforgettable but we mention a few of the popular raps of the 90s. If you want more popular hip-hop songs. Connect with us.
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