10 Best Selling Rappers Of The '90s
If you're looking to find the ten best selling rappers of the '90s, then look no further than the findings on this list. The decade that was the 1990's saw many noteworthy music acts in the Rap and Hip Hop genre, ranging from Mase, Foxy Brown, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jay-Z, Will Smith, and even the legendary Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac to a name a few. The '90s remains to this day as the last era of quality Rap music and these ten artists are evidence of that.
- 2Pac. The legendary Tupac Shakur was mega-Rap phenomenon in the 1990's (and still remains as one to this day) when he mesmerized the music world with several multi-platinum albums ranging from "R U Still Down," "Don Killuminati," "Greatest Hits," and "All Eyez On Me," the latter of which broke 9x Platinum, earning $9.7 million.
- Notorious B.I.G. One of Bad Boy's most successful artsts, the Notorious B.I.G., rose to Rap super stardom with the album "Ready to Die" which achieved 4x Platinum and raking in $4 million. Prior to his unfortunate demise, the Notorious B.I.G. followed up with the ultra-successful "Life After Death" which broke 10x Platinum, earning $10 million.
- Puff Daddy. Following his beginnings as a highly successful Label CEO and Producer, Puff Daddy (now known as Diddy) exploded onto the Rap scene with his own solo effort "No Way Out" which stormed the charts in the late '90s, raking in $7 million and hitting 7x Platinum, and helping transition Hip Hop/Rap from hardcore East Coast/West Coast war into something more care-free and fun.
- DMX. The nitty-gritty hardcore Rap impresario came into the spotlight with "It's Dark and Hell is Hot" which hit 4x Platinum, raking up $4 million. Rapper DMX continued his newfound success with two blockbuster follow-ups in the '90s - the first being "Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood" which achieved 3x Platinum with $3 million, followed by "...And Then There Was X" which raked up $5 million and achieved 5x Platinum.
- Dr. Dre. Selling $4.5 million and reaching 3x Platinum with "The Chronic" album, Dr. Dre rose to Rap star-power and he continued to hold his status even with his follow-up "2001" which sold $7.2 million and hit 6x Platinum, sealing his imprint as one of the best selling Rappers of the '90s.
- Jay-Z. It didn't take too long for Rapper Jay-Z to climb the ladder of success in the 1990's, establishing himself with "Reasonable Doubt," going 1x Platinum with "Vol. 1... In My Lifetime," exploding to 3x Platinum with "Vol 2... Hard Knock Life," and continuing his success with "Vol. 3... The Life and Times of S. Carter" which went 3x Platinum.
- Will Smith. He was already an established superstar in both movies and television but when "Big Willie Style" hit in the late 1990's, it sky-rocketed to $9 million in album sales, going 9x Platinum, thus establishing his place in the music world as a Pop/Rap superstar.
- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Formed together in Cleveland, Ohio, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony consisted of Krayzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, and the late Eazy-E. In the 1990's, this grammy-winning Rap group saw much success with the albums "E. 1999 Eternal" and "Art of War," which both went 4x Platinum.
- Beastie Boys. This Brooklyn-based Rap trio consisted of Adam "MCA" Yauch, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Michael "Mike D" Diamond. In the 1990's, the dynamic Rap trio rocked the charts with their two most best-selling albums "Ill Communication" and "Hello Nasty," both of which went 3x Platinum each.
- The Fugees. This soulful Hip Hop and R&B group consisted of three amazing talents -- Lauryn Hill, Pras Michel, and Wyclef Jean. Before disbanding and moving onto their individual (and extremely successful) solo careers, this Hip Hop trio was responsible for the 6x Platinum success that was the album "The Score."