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The Best Rappers from Compton 

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Updated June 30, 2019 28.1k votes 5.5k voters 93.8k views 34 items

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.

Vote for your favorite Compton rapper below, and be sure to add anyone we forgot to the list! Who is your favorite Compton Hip hop artist?

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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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) 6 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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YG is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Coolio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (born August 1, 1963), known by his stage name Coolio, is an American rapper, actor, chef, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid-to-late 1990s ...more

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MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Aaron Tyler (born May 22, 1971), better known by his stage name MC Eiht, is an American rapper and actor. Many of his songs are based on his life in Compton. His stage name was partly inspired ...more

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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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
B.G. Knocc Out is an American rapper who collaborated with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the younger brother of rapper Dresta.After his work on ...more

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DJ Mustard is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Tyga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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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Roddy Ricch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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Rodrick Moore (born October 22, 1998), known professionally as Roddy Ricch is an American rapper and producer from Compton, California. He is signed to Bird Vision Entertainment at the moment. ...more

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Dresta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Andre DeSean Wicker (born May 7, 1971), 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 ...more
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King Tee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Roger McBride (born December 14, 1968), better known by his stage name King T (formerly known as King Tee), is an American West Coast Hip hop rapper from Compton, California. Emerging as one of ...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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Arabian Prince is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Kim Renard Nazel (born June 17, 1965), better known by his stage names Arabian Prince or Professor X, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ. He is best known as a ...more
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Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Boogie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
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Hi-C is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rappers from Compton
Hi-C (born Crawford Wilkerson) is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. He is known for his collaborations with DJ Quik, AMG and 2nd II None. Hi-C was also a member of ...more