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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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2,851 472
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 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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2,544 460
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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2,791 468
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

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1,800 528
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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1,958 503
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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1,958 541
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

8
1,559 697
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
1,263 501
DMX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DMX Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

10
1,317 475
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 10 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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963 397
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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716 394
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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768 339
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

14
966 386
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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877 406
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 15 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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690 253
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 16 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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522 330
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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672 385
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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619 307
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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657 337
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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450 162
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

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738 321
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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614 303
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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336 130
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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587 412
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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440 263
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 26 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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660 442
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Jayceon Terrell Taylor Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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522 296
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

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251 95
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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286 228
Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Raekwon Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap

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473 257
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 31 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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267 209
YG is listed (or ranked) 32 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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450 245
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 33 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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414 284
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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375 239
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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226 163
Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
ugkseventeen added Pimp C Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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359 260
Coolio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Coolio Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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387 242
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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317 232
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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246 212
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 40 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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302 218
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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310 195
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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308 199
Compton's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 43 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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148 81
DJ Quik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DJ Quik Hip hop music, Rock music, G-funk

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276 231
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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235 185
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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162 118
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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207 151
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 48 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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246 206
Spice 1 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
Spice 1 Hip hop music, Ragga, Gangsta rap

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125 150
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