These days MC's are headline acts in their own right but back in the '90s they were finding their way as hosts of the raves. Whether it was Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass, or Gabber each scene had its own masters of the mic. Whilst it may all be about lyrical content and how fast you can say dibby dibby at the moment there is one skill that was honed in those early days that still remains today. The ability to hype up the crowd. With this in mind join us on a trip back to the warehouses and raves as we take a look at the best MC's of the '90s. Conrad https://www.youtube.com/watch?vM0Ro0X73seE Let's kick things off with one of the finest MC's to ever grace the Drum & Bass arena, MC Conrad. Conrad is best known for his work alongside intelligent Drum & Bass producer LTJ Bukem and his MC style complimented these sounds perfectly. He brought precision and depth to MCing that had previously been missing as he chose to host with an almost Jazz like approach. As with most of the MC's on our list, he's still going strong today. Whizzkid https://www.youtube.com/watch?vnh8czjIK0KM Whizzkid has been a mainstay of the Hardcore scene since the mid to late '90s. His no-nonsense approach has earned him many awards over the years and his ability to control a crowd is among the best in the business. His partnership with DJ Gammer has since gone on to spawn a number of Hardcore hits. Everson Allen https://www.youtube.com/watch?vf4WjNCWv-9E As part of the legendary rave act Ratpack, Everson Allen has been whipping crowds into a frenzy from the very start. His unique vocal style always gets the crowds singing along to his trademark lyrics. A true innovator of the early '90s scene that maintained his status throughout the 90's and beyond. MC GQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?vmubkgLm9Sss GQ was one of the original Jungle MC's who turned hosting into a craft. He became a legend hosting nights like A.W.O.L and World Dance and his style was instantly copied by a whole host of new MC's In 1999 he even began his own record label Emcee Recordings which is still one of the leading Drum & Bass labels today. MC Storm https://www.youtube.com/watch?vtzVFAGX7urQ Why oh why can't you just accept it? MC Storm is probably the most successful of all the Hardcore MC's. Whether it's his legendary sets with DJ Sy or his more recent works with Hixxy or Darren Styles he's been at the forefront of the scene for a long time. His catchphrase lyrics and vocal scratching set him apart back in the day and crowds lapped it up. Teaming up with DJ Sy sent him to the top as they would have scratch battles during their sets that sent people wild. Chickaboo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v6ivYIJJOX4o Female MCs are sadly few and far between even now and that was especially true in the '90s. Thankfully though we did have MC Chickaboo who rocked parties like Fantazia, Dreamscape, and Jungle Fever. Chickaboo later moved into the burgeoning Breakbeat scene working with Rennie Pilgrem and B.L.I.M as well as Timo Maas. Sharkey https://www.youtube.com/watch?vsghAzWFynX0&t745s Sharkey is a legend, that much is indisputable. He rose to prominence in the early days of Happy Hardcore thanks to his ridiculous energy and passion for the scene. His MCing was always great fun and he was never shy to just enjoy the party. Something you may not have believed when he first emerged is that he would also become a talented DJ and Producer who would change the scene forever. His forward thinking led to the emergence of the Freeform scene and he ran Nu Energy Records with Kevin Energy. Skibadee & Shabba D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v5sivtoDYCDQ Ok so we've cheated a bit here but Skibba and Shabba were a force to be reckoned with when they were together and many would argue they were always best as a package. Skibba & Shabba are both true legends of the Drum & Bass scene and are often credited with pioneering the modern MC style. They burst on to the scene with fast lyrics that were as much a performance as they were hosting. Each has gone on to headline events all over the world on their own and together as part of SASASAS. Ribbz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v8pP1aBr7H0M Ladies, ladies, ladies time to dance and have a good time come on. If you had to pick one MC who really is the master when it comes to hosting events it would be MC Ribbz. He hypes the crowd up but does it in such a friendly and down to Earth way that you can't help but be sucked in. The irony that he's perhaps best known for using his skills at Gabber and Techno events just makes it that much better. As if all that wasn't enough he's also a first-class Techno DJ in his own right. There really isn't anyone who comes close to Ribbzy, the ultimate host. Stevie Hyper D https://www.youtube.com/watch?vYCDGMpzm_-c We'll admit that we use the word legend a bit too much around here but Stevie Hyper D was a true legend. He is credited with being the original pioneer of Jungle MCing and went on to invent the double-time rapping style that Skibadee would later perfect. He was at the top of his game when he tragically passed away from a Heart Attack in 1998. His legacy is still felt today though and he's rightfully remembered as the godfather of Jungle & D&B MCs. So that's our selection of the best MCs of the '90s. There are plenty more legendary MC's from the '90s we haven't mentioned so who are your favourites?