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The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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If you were a fan of West Coast rap at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the odds are pretty high that you're familiar with gangsta rap. The lyrics focus on thug and gangster life and has elements of hardcore hip hop weaved in. Many gangsta rappers were affiliated with gangs and they weren't afraid to boast of their involvement and what activities that their respective gangs were involved in. Gangsta rappers were among the most feared rappers of the time, yet, achieved widespread commercial success due to the harsh realities that were expressed in their lyrics and unmistakable beats that were as catchy as they were innovative. Over time, gangsta rap has come to incorporate rappers from the East Coast as well, but for the most part, those formative years were where the West Coast was closely associated with the genre.

So, who are the best gangsta rappers? Any list of gangsta rappers has to include the likes of Tupac Shakur, Ice T, Snoop Dogg, DMX, 50 Cent and N.W.A. When you think of gangsta rap, you generally will consider the rappers on this list to be the most important voices in the genre. If not for the gangsta rap artists on this list, rap music as as whole may not have expanded in the way it has and the lyrics certainly wouldn't have been as revolutionary if not for gangsta rap.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best gangsta rappers. If you think a rap artist is missing from this and should be on it, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gangsta rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gangsta rap musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular gangsta rap bands that you might've heard of.

The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1
    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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    All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day ...

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    AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, The Predator, Death Certificate

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    Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E

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    Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

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    most listed
    The Chronic, 2001, Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang / Let Me Ride

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    Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Tha Last Meal

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King ...

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    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

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    Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

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    Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

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    The Diary, The Fix, Mr. Scarface Is Back

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    Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics

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    The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate, Jesus Piece

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    Bow Down, Terrorist Threats, The Best Of: The Gangsta

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    The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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    The Villain in Black, Shock of the Hour, Ruthless for Life

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    We Can't Be Stopped, The Foundation, The Resurrection

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    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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    At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Restless

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    Regulate... G Funk Era (Special Edition), Prince Igor (feat. Warren G ...

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    King, Urban Legend, Trap Muzik

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    The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the ...

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    Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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    Life Is... Too $hort, Born to Mack, Gettin’ It (album number ten)

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    Dogg Food, Cali Iz Active, 2002

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    good kid, m.A.A.d city, Section.80

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    In a Major Way, Grit & Grind, My Ghetto Report Card

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    We Come Strapped, Veterans Day, Compton's OG

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    Beg for Mercy, No Mercy, No Fear

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    Based on a True Story, Mack 10, Ghetto

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    Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, III - Temples Of Boom

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    Trill (Screwed and Chopped), Trill OG, II Trill (Chopped Up Not Slopped ...

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    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, ...

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    Most Known Unknown, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

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    Gangsta's Paradise, My Soul, El Cool Magnifico

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    187 He Wrote, The Pioneers, The Black Bossalini

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    Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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    Music to Driveby, We Come Strapped, Compton's OG

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    No One Can Do It Better, Deuce, Helter Skelter

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    A King4President, Renegade, My Krazy Life

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    The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Eminem Show

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    Gangsta Musik, Survival of the Fittest, Ghetto Stories

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    Adrenaline Rush, Kamikaze, The Day After

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    The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Pimpalation, The Sweet James Jones Stories ...

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    Real Brothas, Eazy-E's Protege

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    H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2

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    Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

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    C-P-3.com, Screamin' 4 Vengeance, Life or Death

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    The Hunger for More, Rotten Apple, S.W.A.T Mix Tape

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