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20 Classic Hip Hop Songs to Start Your Collection (1990-1994)

Updated on July 13, 2013

Hip Hop in the Early Part of the Decade

The early nineties caught the tail end of what many refer to as the Golden Age of Hip Hop (1988-1992). Many artists took the momentum that was created in the late 80’s and opened up the door for more unique musical expressions. The concentration at this time was focused on lyrical content coupled with jazzier, more melodic beats. Groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Sheep, and Gang Starr took center stage. At the same time a crew from Staten Island created their own raw uncut sound, one that many would try to copy unsuccessfully. The Wu Tang Clan spawned a series of Solo albums from group members that ruled the airwaves and TV stations for the next few years. Over on the West Coast, Ice Cube continued his beef with his former crew NWA while his former teammate Dr. Dre threw LA and the rest of Cali on his back.

These following songs are meant to give you a feel of the movement that was going on during the early 90’s. Although the pay checks for Hip Hop were not as astronomical as they are today, the desire to be heard along with trying to become a positive statistic drove the spirit of the artists.

20 Amazing Old School Hip Hop Jams from 1990 -1994

  1. Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
  2. The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
  3. Jackin for Beats – Ice Cube
  4. It Aint Hard to Tell - Nas
  5. Method Man – Wu Tang Clan
  6. 93 Til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
  7. Nuttin But A G Thang - Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg
  8. Fight The Power - Public Enemy
  9. Juice (Know the Ledge) - Rakim
  10. Uptown Anthem – Naughty By Nature
  11. Just the Two of Us – Chubb Rock
  12. Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman
  13. Rampage – EPMD ft LL Cool J
  14. Take it Personal – Gangstarr
  15. Passin Me By - Pharcyde
  16. Mind is Playing Tricks on Me – Ghetto Boys
  17. I Used to Love Her - Common
  18. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That)
  19. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) – Pete Rock & CL Smooth
  20. I Get Around – Tupac ft. Digital Underground

Juice (Know the Ledge) - Eric B. & Rakim

Rampage - EPMD ft. LL Cool J

The Choice is Yours - Black Sheep

They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Jackin For Beats - Ice Cube


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      mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Thanks for checking it out Manny. Within the next week, I will have the other piece to this hub 20 Hip Hop songs for 1995-1999. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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      manny 4 years ago

      nice list to get started