Hip-Hop 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
4,347 894
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
3,415 620
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
3,127 587
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
3,363 580
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
2,283 676
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
2,410 627
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
2,432 649
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
1,579 583
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
1,193 511
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
1,957 881
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

11
1,497 621
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
875 497
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

13
1,201 471
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
937 437
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
813 401
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
630 413
Big L is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

17
746 376
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

18
1,035 489
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
789 458
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

20
719 362
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
567 223
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
856 363
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
681 483
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
521 309
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

25
853 493
The Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

26
652 346
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

27
618 344
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
364 282
YG is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

29
557 302
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
scruffenstein added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

30
492 325
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

31
336 287
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
428 282
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
444 299
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
455 274
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
228 167
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
210 109
DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, G-funk

37
375 261
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

38
269 201
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
360 226
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
362 226
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
339 252
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
291 218
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
268 256
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

44
155 68
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Joe Turi added Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

45
246 181
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
286 234
Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

47
157 179
B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
CyprianTarnowski added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

48
177 173
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
RoosterKingKustomz added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

49
304 264
Bun B is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

50
252 203
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
RoosterKingKustomz added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop