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The Best Rappers From Los Angeles 

Ranker Hip Hop
Updated May 7, 2020 23.9k votes 2.6k voters 54.8k views 188 items

List Rules Only rappers born or raised in Los Angeles, California.

From new artists to some of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, here are the best rappers from Los Angeles. Including both solo artists, like Tupac and Kendrick Lamar, and hip hop groups, like N.W.A and Odd Future, this list of the most popular Los Angeles rappers features rap artists who were born or raised in the California city. Known for their gangsta rap style of hip hop, these famous Los Angeles rappers also popularized other rap subgenres, like G-funk and West Coast hip hop. Who are the top Los Angeles rappers of all-time?

Vote up the best hip hop artists from Los Angeles, and add any other LA rappers if they're missing from this list. 

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...more

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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his ...more

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
O'Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube initially gained recognition in 1984 as a member of ...more

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His ...more

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and ...more

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Nipsey Hussle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Ermias Joseph Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist. ...more

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
N.W.A (an abbreviation for Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures ...more

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1964 – March 26, 1995), known professionally as Eazy-E, was an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. Dubbed the "Godfather of Gangsta Rap", ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as a ...more

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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), known professionally as Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and actor. Hale began his career as a member of the ...more

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YG is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson (born March 9, 1990), better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper and actor from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It ...more

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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Quincy Matthew Hanley (born October 26, 1986), better known by his stage name ScHoolboy Q, is an American rapper and songwriter based in South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley ...more

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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Warren Griffin III (born November 10, 1970), known by his stage name Warren G, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and DJ, known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. ...more

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), known professionally as Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, fashion designer and ...more

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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
David Marvin Blake (born January 18, 1970), better known by his stage name DJ Quik, is an American rapper, songwriter, DJ and record producer. According to Quik himself, his stage name reflects ...more

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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966), better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs, ...more

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Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown (born November 23, 1972) is an American rapper and actor, better known by his stage name Kurupt. His career began in the early 1990s when he was signed to Death Row ...more

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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author. He began his career as an ...more

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Donald McKinley Glover Jr. (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as ...more

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Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and ...more

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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Johnny Reed McKinzie Jr. (born March 31, 1985), better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper and songwriter from Watts, California. Rock ultimately chose to pursue a career as ...more

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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Vincent Jamal Staples (born July 2, 1993) is an American rapper from the Ramona Park area of North Long Beach, California. He is a member of the hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz alongside fellow ...more

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Tyga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Micheal Ray Stevenson (born November 19, 1989), known by his stage name Tyga (a backronym for Thank you God always), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and television personality. ...more

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Shoreline Mafia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Lorenzo Jerald Patterson (born June 16, 1969), better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner ...more

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