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
4,475 921
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
3,513 649
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
3,229 611
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
3,471 604
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
2,358 698
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
2,499 641
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
2,501 663
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
1,631 605
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
2,020 901
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

10
1,239 533
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
1,542 636
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
899 520
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

13
1,234 485
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
965 452
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
842 418
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
1,067 500
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
651 428
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
762 394
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
806 471
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

20
734 376
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
586 235
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
863 377
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
694 496
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
879 503
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
535 319
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

26
677 360
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
628 355
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
570 313
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
375 295
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
500 336
E-40 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Mobb Music, Hyphy

31
342 299
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
454 309
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

33
433 294
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

34
465 284
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
245 178
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
378 271
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
213 119
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
274 209
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
366 233
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
364 235
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
346 260
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
298 224
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
169 74
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
273 262
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
253 188
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
287 242
Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

47
160 186
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
112 72
Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music, Ragga, Hardcore hip hop

49
179 182
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
307 270
Bun B is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop