My Top 90s Hip-Hop/R&B Music Videos

Is there anything more amazing than the never-ending, plot-heavy, character-driven music videos of the 90s? Seriously, they don’t make them like this anymore. Also, I love that P. Diddy is in nearly every music video of the 90s.

6. Busta Rhymes “Dangerous”
The visuals in Busta Rhymes’ videos were always vivid and attention-grabbing, but this video makes the list for his many character cameos, including as Sho Nuff from 80s cult classic The Last Dragon.

5. Mariah Carey “Honey”
I’m literally incapable of making any kind of list without including something from my idol, Mariah Carey. And guess who else is in the video….Puffy!

4. “Sky is the Limit” – Notorious B.I.G.What a simple but brilliant idea to cast this video with kids representing Diddy, Biggie, Faith Evans, Busta & others.

3. “Down Low” – R. Kelly
R. Kelly is another one who’s embraced the video format throughout his career, but nothing gets me like this epic featuring Ronald Isley. The song is so hot, and so is the video. Spoiler alert – I literally cried at the end of this one.

2. “Been Around the World” with Puffy, Mase & Jennifer Lopez feat. Notorious B.I.G.
This nearly ten minute music video takes me back to my first real concert – the Puff Daddy No Way Out Tour in 1997. It’s part True Lies, part So You Think You Can Dance, and 100% amazingness. Nothing beats the dance sequence between Puffy and JLo.

1. Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”

This is probably my favorite music video of all time. First of all, the song is my fave from MJ. I love the beat and I love the lyrics. They’re so nostalgic, and bring back those nights when you’re “young and innocent,” and talking to someone on the phone all night long (remember when people actually talked on the phone?). Second, the video is set in Ancient Egypt, which I think we all know I’m obsessed with. Plus, there’s a cat. Shout out to another legendary dance sequence and 10-minute music video.

I also wanted to give an honorable mention to Missy Elliott’s “The Rain.” While it doesn’t quite embrace the storyline approach of the top 6 above, it definitely defines 90s music videos in its own way.

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