music 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
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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

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

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

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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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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Easy E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers

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Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Dre Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Schoolboy Q Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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

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

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Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ab-Soul Hip hop music

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The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Dogg Pound Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap, West Coast Hip Hop

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Vince Staples Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap

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MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Rock Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Snow Tha Product Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Donald Glover Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

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Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Crooked i Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Aceyalone Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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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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Luniz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Luniz Hip hop music

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B Real is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
B Real Hip Hop Music, Chicano Rap, Gangsta Rap

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Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Andre Nickatina Hip hop music

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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Mall Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

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MURS is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mike Shinoda Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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Sweatshop Union is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Sweatshop Union Hip hop music

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Berner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Berner Hip Hop Music, Alternative Hip Hop

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Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Rappin' 4-Tay Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

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MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Breed Hip hop music

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Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Big Syke Hip hop music

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L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tha Alkaholiks Hip hop music

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