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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    Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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    Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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

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    Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Warren G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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    Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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    YG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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

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    Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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    Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


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

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

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    Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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    Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


    Hip hop music

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    Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

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    Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

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    MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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    Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Sam Sneed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers


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    Game is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Master P is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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    Eleven Five is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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