Hip Hop Artists The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite gangsta rappers & groups—political rappers don't necessarily constitute gangsta rap.

If you were a fan of West Coast rap at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the odds are pretty high that you're familiar with gangsta rap. The lyrics focus on thug and gangster life and has elements of hardcore hip hop weaved in. Many gangsta rappers were affiliated with gangs and they weren't afraid to boast of their involvement and what activities that their respective gangs were involved in. Gangsta rappers were among the most feared rappers of the time, yet, achieved widespread commercial success due to the harsh realities that were expressed in their lyrics and unmistakable beats that were as catchy as they were innovative. Over time, gangsta rap has come to incorporate rappers from the East Coast as well, but for the most part, those formative years were where the West Coast was closely associated with the genre.

So, who are the best gangsta rappers? Any list of gangsta rappers has to include the likes of Tupac Shakur, Ice T, Snoop Dogg, DMX, 50 Cent and N.W.A. When you think of gangsta rap, you generally will consider the rappers on this list to be the most important voices in the genre. If not for the gangsta rap artists on this list, rap music as as whole may not have expanded in the way it has and the lyrics certainly wouldn't have been as revolutionary if not for gangsta rap.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best gangsta rappers. If you think a rap artist is missing from this and should be on it, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gangsta rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gangsta rap 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 gangsta rap bands that you might've heard of.
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1
4,714 956
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
3,699 691
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

3
3,394 642
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

4
3,641 641
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
2,484 731
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
CharliePrice added Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

6
2,646 668
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

7
2,626 684
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

8
1,721 626
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

9
1,320 557
Nas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Cenasucks23 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
2,123 933
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

11
1,627 655
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
952 541
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

13
1,300 507
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

14
1,020 472
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

15
893 436
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

16
1,123 515
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

17
688 444
Big L is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

18
805 414
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

19
636 243
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

20
845 488
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

21
761 392
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

22
899 389
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

23
945 515
The Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

24
729 513
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

25
736 387
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop