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
4,557 930
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
3,576 665
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
3,293 620
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
3,527 615
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
2,400 711
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
2,549 653
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
2,552 669
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
1,657 615
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
2,060 911
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

10
1,261 543
Nas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Cenasucks23 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

11
1,569 644
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
916 527
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

13
1,260 494
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
984 461
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
860 424
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
1,084 509
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
662 435
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
778 403
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
820 481
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

20
743 383
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

21
603 241
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

22
879 383
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
708 504
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

24
899 510
The Game is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

25
700 367
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

26
543 324
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

27
639 357
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

28
586 320
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
scruffenstein added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

29
386 302
YG is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

30
511 339
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

31
348 303
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

32
442 297
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

33
460 314
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

34
473 286
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

35
254 183
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
gavin-bolton added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

36
386 276
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

37
219 123
DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, G-funk

38
277 214
Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ugkseventeen added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

39
368 237
Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

40
367 237
The D.O.C. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

41
351 262
Twista is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

42
305 227
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

43
173 76
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Joe Turi added Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

44
274 265
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

45
257 189
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
nastasestefan1512 added Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

46
292 243
Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

47
123 74
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

48
162 188
B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
CyprianTarnowski added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

49
182 183
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
RoosterKingKustomz added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

50
312 272
Bun B is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop