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The Best G-Funk Rappers 

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At the onset of gangster rap and west coast rap, there was a subgenre that emerged that captured the laidback vibes of the hip hop of that time. G-Funk was much smoother and slower than generic west coast rap, and G Funk rappers were some of the most popular 90s musicians. In fact, G-Funk rappers ruled the album charts during this time as well. That time, also known as the G-Funk era, was heavily influenced by the earlier Bay Area-based sound, which was known to many as Mobb music. Many people associate G-Funk rappers with Los Angeles, but the Bay played a big part in shaping the sound.

So, who is the best G-Funk rapper? The OG of G-Funk is none other than Dr. Dre. Though now he's known as a mogul whose reach goes well beyond the music spectrum, Dre's beats that originated with N.W.A. helped usher in the G-Funk era and allowed for G-Funk rappers, G-Funk artists and G-Funk groups to rise to power. Some of Dr. Dre's most prominent proteges are some of rap music's biggest names. Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg are some of the biggest G-Funk rappers. Let's not forget about the likes of Ice Cube and even Coolio as part of the top G-Funk artists.

That said, it's up to you to determine who should be called the best G-Funk rapper. If you see someone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best g-funk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest g-funk musician 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 g-funk bands that you might've heard of (38 items)
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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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Warren G is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Above the Law is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Above the Law is a hip hop group from Pomona, California, founded in 1989 by Cold 187um, Laylaw, KMG the Illustrator, Go Mack, and DJ Total K-Oss
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Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Coolio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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E-40 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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The Dove Shack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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The Ballers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Luniz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Celly Cel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Dresta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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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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Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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Suga Free is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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The Lady of Rage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best G-Funk Rappers
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