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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.
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Ice Cube Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Eazy-E Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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T.I. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Jayceon Terrell Taylor Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Tha Dogg Pound Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Too $hort Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

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YG is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
YG Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
E-40 Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

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MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
MC Eiht Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Pimp C Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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Coolio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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The D.O.C. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
The D.O.C. Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Compton's Most Wanted Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Twista is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DJ Quik Hip hop music, Rock music, G-funk

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Bun B is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Bun B Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Spice 1 Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
B.G. Knocc Out Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk