The Notorious B.I.G. - “Juicy”
The balance between being a banger and the amazing storytelling ability of B.I.G is on full show here. This song showcases his talents as a rapper and storyteller.
Tupac ft. Dr. Dre - “California Love”
Tupac was king of California and it was only fitting that he made a song in its honour. This started Tupac’s comeback after his stint in prison
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg - “Nuthin’ But A G Thang”
This song needs no introduction. If you ask the average person ‘what is the most memorable rap song of the 90’s?’ they will most likely reply with this. This song not only launched Dr.Dre’s career but also Snoop Doggy Dogg’s.
Snoop Dogg - “Gin & Juice”
This perfect slice of G-Funk is the laid back stoner’s soundtrack. The catchy song and great beat propelled Snoop’s career into what it is today.
Eminem - “My Name Is”
Released right on the cusp of the 90’s this song was Eminem’s explosive introduction to the world. It got a lot of people mad and did exactly what they wanted it to do, launch Eminem’s career, and piss people of in the process.
Jay-Z - “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”
Taking a musical songs and twisting to be about growing up on the streets of New York was one of Jay Z’s best ideas.
Ice Cube - “It Was A Good Day”
A bit of a different tale from Ice Cube who fans were used to hearing rough songs about the street life. Cube decided to praise his days in this song. A simple song about a good day is one of his best, attesting to his talents as a rapper.
Coolio ft. LV - “Gangsta’s Paradise”
How could this song not be on here? It is nearly as iconic of a 90’s rap song as Nothing But A G Thang.
Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
A bit heavier than most of their songs, this track calls back to their hardcode punk days. The excellent guitar and drum work propelled this song into one of their most popular, surprising giving the songs heavier nature.
A Tribe Called Quest - "Scenario"
The impressive video with its technological boundary pushing (Yes this was progressive for its time.) launched the group into mainstream success and help to boost the career of Busta Rhymes. One of the best posse cuts in hip hops history.
Written by Rhys Prka