The Best Hip Hop Music from the ’90s

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The best hip hop music from the ’90s is a must-have for any music lover. Here’s a look at some of the greatest hits from this iconic decade.

The Best Hip Hop Songs from the ’90s

The ’90s were a golden age for hip hop music, with many iconic songs released during the decade. From Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” to the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”, there are many great songs that come to mind when thinking about the ’90s. In this article, we’ll count down the best hip hop songs from the ’90s.

“Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg

Gin and Juice is a song by American rapper Snoop Dogg, from his debut album Doggystyle (1993). The song was produced by Dr. Dre and features guest vocals from R&B singer Charlie Wilson. “Gin and Juice” peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1994.

The song samples “I Wanna Get Next to You” by Rose Royce (1976) and “Gimme Some More” by The J.B.’s (1973).

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre

“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” is a single by American rapper Dr. Dre, featuring fellow American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was released on February 23, 1993 as the lead single from Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic. It peaked at number two on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Rolling Stone ranked it number 90 on their list of the 100 greatest songs of all time. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 57 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.

“Regulate” by Warren G

“Regulate” is a song performed by American hip hop artist Warren G. The track was released in 1994 as the lead single from his debut studio album, Regulate… G Funk Era. It samples Michael McDonald’s 1982 hit “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, while also topping the charts in New Zealand and Canada.

“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer

Can’t Touch This” is a 1990 single by MC Hammer that achieved great worldwide popularity and is considered one of the best hip hop songs of the ’90s. The song features a simple, catchy bassline and synthesizer riff, over which Hammer brags about his wealth and success. The song was an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the most iconic songs of the ’90s.

“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot

“Baby Got Back” is a single by American rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, released on June 16, 1992, from his album Mack Daddy. The song samples the 1986 club hit “Club Nouveau’s Lean on Me” and features a rap by Mix-a-Lot’s friend, Rick Rubin.

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks, becoming both Sir Mix-a-Lot’s signature song and one of the most popular singles of 1992. The music video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.

It has been ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was ranked #8 on VH1’s Greatest Songs of the ’90s. In 2008, it was ranked #37 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

The Best Hip Hop Albums from the ’90s

The ’90s was a golden era for hip hop music. Many artists released classic albums that are still considered some of the best hip hop albums of all time. If you’re a fan of ’90s hip hop, here are some of the best albums from that decade.

“The Chronic” by Dr. Dre

“The Chronic” is the debut solo album by American rapper and producer Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. The album is recognized as one of the most influential in the history of hip hop music, and features several singles that are considered to be defining moments in the genre, including “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”, “Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”, and “Let Me Ride”.

“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” by Wu-Tang Clan

Released in 1993, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” is the debut album from American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The album is considered one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time, and helped spark the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry of the mid-1990s.

“All Eyez on Me” by 2Pac

2Pac’s fourth studio album, “All Eyez on Me,” is a double album and one of the best-selling hip hop albums of all time. It was released on February 13, 1996, by Death Row Records and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from many artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre, George Clinton, and E-40. “All Eyez on Me” is considered one of 2Pac’s best albums and is credited for cementing his legacy as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

“The Low End Theory” by A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest’s second album, The Low End Theory, is widely considered one of the best hip hop albums of all time. The album was released in 1991 and features the singles “Check the Rhime” and “Jazz (We’ve Got)”.

“Ready to Die” by The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, “Ready to Die,” was released in 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #13 on the Billboard 200 and being certified platinum by the RIAA. “Ready to Die” is often considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time and is credited with helping to revive New York hip hop in the ’90s.

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