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The Best Rappers From Los Angeles  

Ranker Hip Hop
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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, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more
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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, better known as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. In 2004, Lamar signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top ...more
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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later ...more
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Nipsey Hussle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Ermias Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. He has released ...more
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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. ...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 was an American hip hop group from Compton that is widely considered to have been among the earliest and most significant popularizers of the gangsta rap and west coast hip hop subgenres ...more
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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta ...more
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Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Quincy Matthew Hanley, better known by his stage name Schoolboy Q, is an American hip hop recording artist from South Central Los Angeles, California. In 2009, Hanley signed to Carson-based ...more
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YG is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Keenon Dae'quan Ray Jackson, better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It", featuring ...more
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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, and actor. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he ...more
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game or simply Game, is an American rapper and actor. Game is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one ...more
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer from California. Born in Ladera Heights, he rose to prominence as the leader ...more
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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Warren Griffin III, better known by his stage name, Warren G, is an American West Coast rapper and hip hop producer. He is best known for his debut 1994 single, "Regulate", which ...more
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Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Ricardo Emmanuel Brown, better known by his stage name Kurupt is an American rapper, actor. He is a member of the rap group Tha Dogg Pound. He is also a member of the hip-hop supergroup The
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Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr, better known by his stage name Jay Rock, is an American rapper from Watts, Los Angeles, California. Jay Rock grew up in Watts, known for its low income, as well as its ...more
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Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he ...more
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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the ...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 group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 ...more
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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
David Marvin Blake, better known by his stage name DJ Quik, is an American rapper, actor, and record producer. According to Quik himself, his stage name reflects his ability to produce records ...more
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Donald McKinley Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick ...more
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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper-producer and member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future. He is signed to ...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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Dom Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers From Los Angeles
Dominic Hunn, better known by his stage name Dom Kennedy, is an American rapper from Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Since 2008, Kennedy has released 5 independent mixtapes, most notably ...more