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50 Best Rap/Hip-Hop Songs of the 90s

The 90s represent a romantic era for most hip-hop heads. A strong, inventive, diverse era that stretched the boundaries of hip-hop innovation.

Whether you"re headed to a 90s themed party or simply pining for nostalgic days, the tunes make a perfect soundtrack. These tunes will take you back to your middle school days. They"ll jolt you back to the first time you heard the legendary voices of 2Pac and Biggie. Or the first time you experienced Nas" lyricism, or Scarface"s storytelling or Juvenile"s rasp, or Master P"s grunt or Jay Z"s swag.

Let"s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the best 90s hip-hop songs of all time.

Kool G Rap changed the game with his brand of hardcore. It"s not that people weren"t rhyming about gory stuff pre-G Rap. They were. G Rap simply raised the stakes. He took lyricism to cinematic extremes. On “Ill Street Blues,” for example, he says: "We snatched him by his hands and feet and threw him out the window/Up, up, up and away cause I don’t play, clown/ Buck, buck, buck, take that with you on the way down.” Christ.

 It"s a miracle, in retrospect, that Master P earned widespread fame and fortune. He wasn"t exactly an exceptional lyricist or producer. Beats and rhymes aren"t everything, it turns out. It"s a testament to P"s tastes that he darted onto the top of the chart with the street classic, "Make "Em Say Unghh" and made a fortune for (and from) a host of other rappers in his crew.

 Legend has it that ODB was in an altered mental state and so he didn"t know what he was doing when he recorded this Brooklyn-doting smash. Nothing is ever that simple. Whatever the case, the Wu-Tang magician certainly knew how to turn things animated and firmly nailed a call of the wild on "Brooklyn Zoo." Long after his death, ODB fans still chant "Brooklyn Zoo" at concerts in different area codes.

Rakim a true master of emceeing. Not only is he gifted at moving the crowd, he"s also one of a handful of MCs capable of making rap both fun and

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