The rap scene blew up in the early 90s. From the East Coast rap artists to the West Coast rappers. Rap artists were incredible storytellers and put the spotlight on the realities of life in some of the country's most dangerous inner cities.
Tupac Shakur's murder in 1996 followed shortly after by Biggie Small's murder ignited the whole 'gangsta rap' movement. Fighting between the East and West ensued. Instead of slinging mud at each other they were slinging words. There were some incredible rap artists of the 90s. Here is a list of some of the 13 great rap artists of the 90s and what they are up to today. Are we missing anyone? Please comment below and let us know!
13 Snoop Dogg: Actor & Reggae Album
In 1993, Snoop Dogg made his debut album, Doggystyle. That album has led to a successful career as a rap artist, selling over 30 million albums.
12 50 Cent: Entrepreneur
50 Cent is best known for his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin. He completed two more albums after his debut's massive success and even has another one scheduled for a release in 2016. He ventured into acting with his debut acting role in Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
11 Nas: Actor & Shoe Store Owner
Nas's 1994 debut album Illmatic is considered by many to be one of the greatest rap albums of all-time. He hasn't completely disappeared from the public eye due to his on-going feud with rap rival Jay-Z. The animosity started between Jay-Z and Nas when Nas' ex-girlfriend confessed that she had cheated on him with Jay-Z.
10 Ice Cube: Actor & Clothing Line
Ice Cube is one of the founders of gangsta rap. He is also a successful entrepreneur and actor. He has been in films such as Friday, Are We There Yet?, and he recently co-starred with Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. In 2014, he was the featured guest on an episode of Sesame Street!
9 DMX: Actor
DMX has followed in the shoes of Ice Cube and traded in rapping for acting. He's starred in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds. He also said he received the call to serve the Lord in 2012. He is active in his church ministry.
8 Bone Thugs N' Harmony: Comeback to the Music Scene
Bone Thugs N' Harmony was formed in 1991. They dropped their 1st album Faces of Death in 1993. The group members include; Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone. They cranked out a number of albums in the 90s and 2000s, including Grammy-Award winning Tha Crosswords.
7 Lil Kim: Reality TV
In 1996, Lil Kim burst onto the rap scene with her album Hard Core. It was certified double platinum. She came out with a number of albums that produced #1 hits throughout the late 90s and early 2000s.
6 Missy Elliot: Comeback to the Music Scene
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot launched her career with the album Supa Dupa Fly. She went on to create many more albums and scored herself 5 Grammy Awards.
5 Coolio: Spokesperson & Reality TV
Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" is one of the most successful rap songs in history. He enjoyed 15 minutes of fame and then his records had limited success. He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, Wife Swap, and a reality show cooking competition, Rachael v. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.
4 Redman: Actor & Clothing Line
In the 90s, Redman was a rap artist under the umbrella of Def Jam records. He enjoyed success and numerous billboard hits. Redman transitioned from music to acting with the 2001 comedy How High. He then followed that up with a co-starring role in the horror film Seed of Chucky.
3 Ice-T: Actor & Video Game Voice Overs
Ice-T has the distinction of being the first music artist to obtain the 'Explicit Content" sticker. He was signed to a major record label in 1987. He produced a number of hits including "The Coldest Rap" and "Body Rock".
2 The D.O.C: Comeback to the Music Scene
1 36 Mafia: Da Mafia 6ix
36 Mafia was a group comprised of Juicy J, Lord Infamous, and DJ Paul. They underwent many lineup changes due to members leaving to attempt solo careers, contract issues, and legal matters.
In 2006, 36 Mafia won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2013, Lord Infamous died in his sleep of a heart attack and in 2015, Koopsta Knicca died of a brain aneurysm. The group sort of exists under the name Da Mafia 6ix. The music style has been coined everything from 'crunkrap' to 'horrorcore'.
Sources: billboard.com, perezhilton.com, dailymail.co.uk
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