Rappers 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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5,276 1,079
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
3,849 720
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap
3
4,179 776
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
4
4,061 751
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
2,817 844
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
3,006 764
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
2,919 793
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
1,935 747
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
2,368 1,071
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap
10
1,871 753
DMX is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
11
1,518 694
Nas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Cenasucks23 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
12
1,209 615
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap
13
1,182 567
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap
14
1,477 610
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
15
1,094 507
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
1,266 611
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
961 441
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
18
941 500
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
767 552
Big L is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
20
778 323
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
21
848 582
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Gangsta rap
22
941 581
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
23
1,038 440
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk
24
1,118 578
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
850 483
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