The Best West Coast Rappers Bands/Musicians

The Best West Coast Rappers

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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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    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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    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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    Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4Life, Greatest Hits

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

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

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

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    Setbacks, ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

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    Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, Against the Grain ...

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

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    Power, O.G. Original Gangster, Home Invasion

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    We Come Strapped, Veterans Day, Compton's OG

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    Based on a True Story, Mack 10, Ghetto

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    Follow Me Home, Black Friday, All My Life (In the Ghetto)

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    The Genie of the Lamp, Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game

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    Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, Let’s Get It Started, Too Legit to Quit

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    Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C., Deal or No Deal

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    Up & Away, My Own Lane, Hero

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    Jealous One's Envy, Represent, Don Cartagena

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    I Get Around, Fear of a Mixed Planet

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    Blacc Balled, 19th Street LBC Compilation, Haven't You Heard...

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    Control System, Longterm Mentality, You're Gone

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    Coast II Coast, X.O. Experience, Likwidation

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    Feedback, Quality Control, Power in Numbers

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    B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle

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    A Lesson to Be Learned, Ruthless by Law, An Eye for an Eye

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    The New Jim Jones, Andre Nickatina & Nick Peace Present: The Jacka, ...

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    Beware of Those, Illegal Game, Illegal Business?

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    Da Bidness, Welcome to Scokland, Hi-Tek

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    Don't Fight the Feelin', Off Parole, Gangsta Gumbo

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    Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord

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    Funkafied, 20 Below, MC Breed & DFC

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    Here Come the Horns, Delinquent Habits, Merry Go Round

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    What We Known Fo, Greatest Slumps, Volume 1

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    Ghetto D (bonus disc), MP Da Last Don, Make Em Say Uhh!

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    Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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