Los Angeles Rappers Bands/Musicians
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Los Angeles Rappers

A list of notable rappers and hip-hop groups from Los Angeles. Though hip-hop and rap music was primarily considered an East Coast phenomenon in its early days, with New York City in particular as a focal point, by the early 1980s, an early hip hop culture was already beginning to grow on the West Coast, particularly in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rappers Rapp Records, founded in 1981, is often thought to have been the first West Coast rap label, an LA equivalent to New York's Sugar Hill Records.

By the rise of NWA and the gangsta rap phenomenon, Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Compton and Inglewood were already as recognizable to hip-hop fans as their East Coast counterparts. Former NWA member Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg - many of them recording under the Death Row Records label associated with underworld figure Suge Knight - would further cement LA's reputation as the home of the gangsta rap style.

Los Angeles is also the birthplace of much of the alternative hip-hop scene. Influential and experimental MCs including Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, the Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 and Kurupt all came up through the same indie rap LA culture.


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    2Pac

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Abstract hip hop

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    Hip Hop, Rap music

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    Hip hop music

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    Chiddy

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Hip hop music

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    Pop music, Eurodance

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    DJ Yella

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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    Dudley Perkins

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    Dumbfoundead Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Eazy E

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Freestyle rap

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hypnotize

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Ice-T

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Christian hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Disco

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Oh No Hip hop music, Trip hop, Funk

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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