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.
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    Hip hop music, Pop 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


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Nas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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    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


    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


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Big L is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


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    Method Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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    Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

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    Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

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    Coolio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


    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


    Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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    Bun B is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


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    Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


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    Twista is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Lil Boosie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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