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The golden age of hip hop is often associated with the East Coast - however, that doesn't mean that West Coast rappers were slouches. In fact, West Coast rap took the world by storm when it first rose to commercial and critical prominence at the end of the 1980s. Fierce and funky, West Coast rap was defined by lyrics that drew attention to the realities of west side street violence and drugs that not only caught on in the underground, but also achieved widespread acclaim as well. Mostly through the prolific work of California rappers, West Coast rap inspired a new sound and a new generation of West Coast rappers who continue to abide by the ethos set forth by the genre's initial artists.

So, who are the best West Coast rappers? Any respectable West Coast rappers list has to include legends like Tupac Shakur, members of N.W.A., (Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre), Snoop Dogg, Mac Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg, and more recently, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. No matter how you cut it, West Coast rappers dramatically shaped how pop music sounds, even if that wasn't initial intention. West Coast rap is a powerful, important genre that remains widely respect in the pantheon of music history.

It's up to you to determine who this list will recognize as the best West Coast artists. If you notice anyone missing from this list and should be included, feel free to add them. If you know West Coast hip hop, feel free to chime in with your vote. This list answers the questions "who are the best West Coast hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest West Coast rappers 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 west coast hip hop musicians that you might've heard of. 
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4,881 533
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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3,707 487
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice Cube Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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3,267 531
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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3,348 492
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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2,856 298
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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2,783 843
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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1,716 621
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

8
1,341 453
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

9
1,787 770
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Game Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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1,127 454
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kurupt Hip hop music

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1,015 588
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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1,046 441
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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853 503
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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742 582
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Schoolboy Q Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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991 156
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added Easy E

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552 446
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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610 458
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Eiht Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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617 369
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Dre Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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479 309
YG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
devon-karoff added YG Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

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630 522
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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558 428
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Rock Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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952 677
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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297 79
The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added The Dogg Pound Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap, West Coast Hip Hop - MC's Kurupt, & Daz Dillinger, DJ Warren G & Executive Producer Snoop Dogg

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394 151
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Ab-Soul Hip hop music

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458 155
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Frederic Jonsson added Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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361 333
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ibraheemq8y added Crooked i Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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286 82
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Vince Staples Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap

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274 97
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ripthecanibus added Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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558 580
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kid Ink Hip hop music

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298 252
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Andre Nickatina Hip hop music

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295 251
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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414 244
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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350 259
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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195 177
Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Mac Mall Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

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213 151
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miguel-martinez added King Lil G

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292 230
MURS is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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296 301
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Shock G Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

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303 281
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
L.B.C. Crew Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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314 273
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tha Alkaholiks Hip hop music

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212 176
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Rappin' 4-Tay Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

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165 84
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aceyalone Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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202 165
MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added MC Breed Hip hop music

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144 125
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Big Syke Hip hop music

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283 265
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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163 153
Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Delinquent Habits Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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213 37
B Real is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added B Real Hip Hop Music, Chicano Rap, Gangsta Rap - Funk Rap, Hardcore Hip Hop, Horrorcore, Latin Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop, Rap Metal, Rock Rap, West Coast Hip Hop 

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240 456
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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216 68
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
jhorspool added Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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151 150
The Coup is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added The Coup Hip hop music

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120 87
Equipto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Equipto Hip hop music, Hyphy Rap, West Coast hip hop