Top 10 Rap Songs Of The 90's
Finding the top 10 rap songs of the 90's is harder than some might think simply because that decade could become known as the height of the genre. Many new acts popped up that gained a ton of popularity, while established veterans continued churning out hit after hit. Some of the names on this list have disappeared into obscurity while others are still going strong.
- "Nothin But a G Thang" - Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg(1992). This song really served to introduce the world to Snoop Doggy Dogg, and his collaboration with Dr. Dre was truly a thing of beauty.
- "U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer (1990). Some might laugh at this selection being on a top songs of the decade list. Those people don't remember just how popular this song was, or how popular MC Hammer was in general. Parachute pants flew off the shelves in the early 90's thanks in large part to this song's video.
- "My Name Is" - Eminem (1999). A white rapper making it big? It finally happened with Eminem thanks in no small part to Dr. Dre serving as his producer and mentor. This song, not surprisingly, introduced him to the world, and eleven years later, he is still churning out hit after hit.
- "Ice Ice Baby"- Vanilla Ice (1990). The white rapper who tried to make it big was huge for a year and then dropped off the face of the planet. Another song people forget was gigantic when it was released is now considered largely a joke.
- "California Love" - 2Pac & Dr. Dre (1996). One of the best songs ever by slain rapper Tupac Shakur. The video is a theatrical presentation that only adds to the song's dark undertones. Anyone noticed yet how Dr. Dre is all over 90's hit songs? The guy has an ear for the rap industry.
- "Good Vibrations" - Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch (1992). White rapper makes it big for a minute in music, then turns to acting and makes it bigger. The background singing in this song is almost as good or better than the actual rapping, but whatever the reason, this song was huge,
- "The Humpty Dance" - Digital Underground (1990). One of our personal all-time favorites simply because Humpty Hump wore a big nose and glasses for reasons passing understanding. This song is also one of the true feel good rap songs with an incredible back beat.
- "O.P.P" - Naughty By Nature (1991). Great rap about getting with the opposite sex. Ask anyone who was conscious during the early 90's what O.P.P stands for, and they shouldn't have to miss a beat.
- "Mama Said Knock You Out" - L.L. Cool J (1990). The ladies love cool James, and we love this particular song. It has a great aggressive sound to it that made LL Cool J one of the best rappers of the era.
- "Mo Money Mo Problems" - Mase & Puff Daddy (1997). Sort of the modern spin on the old saying, "Money can't buy happiness." Considering how many prominent rappers were gunned down in the 90's precisely because of their fame and fortune, this song was also very prescient.