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The Best Rappers from Compton  

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List Rules Only famous hip hop artists from Compton, CA

Compton, a small city located a few miles south of downtown LA, has a rich and vibrant history and continues to leave its mark on popular culture as hip hop’s west coast mecca. These are the best rappers from Compton. While it’s generally believed the LA scene came together around the same time as rap took hold in New York, the West Coast didn’t exactly hit its stride until the late 80s with the arrival of N.W.A. After that, the floodgates opened. Throughout the 90s, gangsta rap was the most popular sub genre of hip hop and Compton was its ground zero.

But everybody has to grow up. By the 2000s, interest in gansta rap waned. Dre and other Compton rappers, who were only getting older, branched out as businessmen and film stars. West coast hip hop hasn’t died, however. Rappers like Kendrick Lamar still carry the torch and continue to influence a new generation.

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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner of his own record label Villain Entertainment. His ...more
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Aaron Tyler, better known by his stage name MC Eiht, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. His stage name was partly inspired by the numeral in KRS-One's name. He ...more
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YG is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Compton's Most Wanted was an American gangsta rap group and one of the pioneers of the West Coast Hip Hop scene. The leader of the group was MC Eiht.
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Coolio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Artis Leon Ivey Jr., better known by the stage name Coolio, is an American musician, rapper, chef, actor, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid 1990's with his ...more
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Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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Lil' Eazy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Al Hassan Naqiyy, better known by his stage name B.G. Knocc Out, is an American rapper known for collaborating with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the ...more
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Tyga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga, is an American rapper from Gardena, California. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money ...more
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DJ Mustard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Dijon Isaiah McFarlane, professionally known as DJ Mustard, is an American record producer and DJ from Los Angeles, California. He is perhaps best known for being the official DJ of Compton-bred ...more
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Dresta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Andre DeSean Wicker, better known by his stage name Dresta, is an American rapper known for collaborating with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the older ...more
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Hi-C is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Hi-C is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with DJ Quik and AMG.
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King Tee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Roger McBride, mostly known as King Tee, is an American West Coast Hip hop rapper from Compton, California. Emerging as one of Compton's earliest hip hop artists. He was signed to Capitol ...more
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2nd II None is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
2nd II None is a rap group from Compton, California. It consist of cousins KK and Gangsta D.
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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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Arabian Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Mike Lezan, better known by his stage name Arabian Prince, is an American rapper and hip hop producer, best known for being an original member of the rap group, N.W.A.
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Boogie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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Guerilla Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Charles Williamson is better known by his stage name Guerilla Black is a rapper from Compton, California. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He came to fame after releasing his debut album ...more