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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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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2,769 507
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

3
3,110 521
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Ice Cube Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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3,031 512
Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Eazy-E Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
1,992 596
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
CharliePrice added Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

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2,151 555
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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2,144 592
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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1,727 783
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
50 Cent Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

9
1,420 504
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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1,343 552
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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1,050 437
Nas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Cenasucks23 added Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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1,055 418
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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777 429
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

14
836 375
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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838 311
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
gavin-bolton added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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940 437
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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564 362
Big L is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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670 332
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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711 362
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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708 418
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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498 186
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Method Man Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

The Best Underground Rappers

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787 336
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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657 326
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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383 151
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
gavin-bolton added Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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622 440
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
T.I. Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap

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728 466
The Game is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
The Game Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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471 282
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Tha Dogg Pound Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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560 316
Too $hort is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Too $hort Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

The Worst Rappers of All Time

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289 123
Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
gavin-bolton added Busta Rhymes Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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528 290
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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300 236
YG is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ace_bloody added YG Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

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487 268
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
scruffenstein added G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

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305 250
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

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444 298
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
E-40 Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

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400 258
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
MC Eiht Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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396 274
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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415 254
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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243 178
Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ugkseventeen added Pimp C Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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343 244
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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174 94
DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DJ Quik Hip hop music, Rock music, G-funk

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317 233
Twista is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Twista Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop, Gangsta rap

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329 210
The D.O.C. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
The D.O.C. Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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255 231
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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324 213
Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Compton's Most Wanted Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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290 244
Bun B is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Bun B Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

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255 201
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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185 137
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
gavin-bolton added LL Cool J Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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267 219
Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Spice 1 Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

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220 165
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
nastasestefan1512 added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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141 161
B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
CyprianTarnowski added B.G. Knocc Out Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk