Though it was born in the 80's, gangsta rap came of age in the next decade; therefore, the 10 best gangsta songs from the 90's are the bible of hard-nosed hip hop. Whether East Coast, Westside, or Midwest, the 10 best gangsta songs from the 90's mixed funk and soul samples, hard-hitting rhymes, and crime-laden imagery to create a musical stew that scared parents like nothing since early rock and roll. Here they are, the 10 best gangsta songs from the 90's.
- "Nuthin' But a G Thang" by Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg). This G-funk classic may be the archetypal gangsta rap song. That is why it tops our list of the 10 best gangsta songs from the 90's.
- "Hit 'Em Up" by 2Pac. 2Pac's "Notorious" diss song is one of rap's angriest tracks. That it may have led to his death makes it an easy choice for any list of the best gangsta songs from the 90's.
- "Gimme the Loot" by the Notorious B.I.G. A tale of robbery gone right, Biggie's hardest song is one of the best gangsta songs from the 90's. The East Coast could hit just as hard as the West.
- "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Like a hip-hop barbershop quartet from the streets, Bone Thugs hit the scene with this classic track. It is maybe the most melodic hit on our list of the 10 best gangsta songs from the 90's, but that doesn't make it any less hard.
- "It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube. Cube's entry plays up the casual toughness of a day in the life of a gangsta. That it ends well doesn't make it any less threatening.
- "Gin & Juice" by Snoop Doggy Dogg. A smooth party song with a gangsta twist, Snoop's anthem helped bring gangsta rap to the masses. Now it's as much a frat party song as anything else, but it is still one of the best gangsta songs from the 90's.
- "Survival of the Fittest" by Mobb Deep. New York's hardest hitters came out swinging on "Survival of the Fittest." New York boom-bap had never sounded so rough.
- "Regulate" by Warren G (featuring Nate Dogg). Another G-funk hit, "Regulate" is a catchy tale of robbing, shooting, and rhyming. It is one of the most enduring gangsta songs of the 90's.
- "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta" – by The Geto Boys. Houston's gangsta originators bring this laid back gangsta anthem with their unique, surreal skill. It is easily one of the best gangsta songs of the 90's.
- "How I Could Just Kill a Man" by Cypress Hill. Referring to themselves as "Blaxican," Cypress Hill came out hard on their first single, the cold-blooded final entry on our list of the best gangsta songs of the 90's. It is such an anthem that it was later covered by Rage Against the Machine.
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