The 1990s were a fruitful decade for the hip-hop music genre. It was then when rap flourished thanks to the artists who came up with intoxicating beats and mainstream rhythms. During that period, many iconic rap works were launched, and hip-hop became a real cultural force.
Many rappers who achieved success and popularity back then continued to enjoy a life of musical achievements and prolific careers. Others, less fortunate, were almost forgotten by the public as time passed by.
Where Are the Most Famous 90’s Rappers Now?
Here are some of the most popular rap artists from the ‘90s who were great musicians and storytellers. Let’s see what they are all doing today.
Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1972. His real name was Christopher Wallace. He launched two well-known music albums: “Life After Death,” and “Me against the World.”
Biggie Smalls was a respected and admired hip-hop artist. He was one of the main faces of gangsta rap, coming from the East Coast. Unfortunately, his life ended abruptly when he was shot and killed in 1997. Even so, between 1992 and 1997, his music career was a successful one.
The “Life After Death” album was a real success. Fans bought 700,000 hard copies right after its launch.
Snoop Dogg’s first album was called Doggystyle, and it was released in 1993. That was his launching ramp into the music world. He soon became a successful rapper, selling more than 30 million albums.
Since then, Snoop, whose real name is Calvin, has appeared in many movies and TV episodes, starring in films like The Wash and Bones. In 2012, he made another movie, co-starring with Wiz Khalifa. Besides being a rapper and an actor, Snoop Dogg is also a high-school football coach.
In 2013, soon after his trip to Jamaica, the artist released a reggae album. According to RapTV, he has received no less than 17 Grammy Awards nominations.
I am sure you’ve all heard about Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise album, released in 1995. This popular rap artist was born in California, and he attracted attention and made a statement wherever he went, with his kooky hair and his laid-back attitude.
Artis Leon, which is the real name of the rapper, is now 56 years old, and he is still present and active in the music industry. Many of his fans remember Coolio, especially because of his Gangsta’s Paradise song, which brought him a Grammy Award.
Nowadays, the rap star is engaging in some surprising and interesting activities such as a cookbook release and hosting a cooking show. It turns out he has some great cooking skills.
RapTV says that Coolio left California to move to Las Vegas in order to reap all the Sin City’s benefits regarding lower state taxes. After a tumultuous life, the rapper is still performing. You will definitely see him at many music festivals.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, went from being a popular rapper to building numerous businesses. Aside from his music, he is now known for his entrepreneurship initiatives. After he gained a lot of success as a musician, he went to the next level and launched several brands: his own cologne, a liquor brand, books, and many other products.
With his famous songs like Candy Shop, 50 Cent needs no introduction, whatsoever. He went through ups and downs during his career, but he seems to be doing just fine as a serial entrepreneur. It’s true that he encountered some bumps in the road and had to declare bankruptcy, but he was still left with tens of millions of dollars in his account.
Being a charming and good-looking guy, it’s no wonder he dated numerous famous women. 50 Cent has two beautiful kids.
After making a name as a gangster rapper, Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson, has known success in many different forms. He is also an actor, director, producer, and writer. According to RapTV, Ice Cube is a man of many talents, not to mention he is even a successful entrepreneur.
He owns a line of clothes that are marketed under the Solo by Cube brand. Those interested can purchase cool hoodies that feature built-in headphones. That’s a truly innovative move, I must say! Another job he does well is being a spokesman for the Coors Light beer.
It has become a trend to claim that the 1990s were a better decade, especially when one thinks of rap or hip-hop. It is true that that period produced many top-shelf rap albums. We wanted to let you know what popular rappers from that time are doing nowadays in order to avoid being blinded by nostalgia.