Rap The Best West Coast Rappers  

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The golden age of hip hop is often associated with the East Coast - however, that doesn't mean that West Coast rappers were slouches. In fact, West Coast rap took the world by storm when it first rose to commercial and critical prominence at the end of the 1980s. Fierce and funky, West Coast rap was defined by lyrics that drew attention to the realities of west side street violence and drugs that not only caught on in the underground, but also achieved widespread acclaim as well. Mostly through the prolific work of California rappers, West Coast rap inspired a new sound and a new generation of West Coast rappers who continue to abide by the ethos set forth by the genre's initial artists.

So, who are the best West Coast rappers? Any respectable West Coast rappers list has to include legends like Tupac Shakur, members of N.W.A., (Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre), Snoop Dogg, Mac Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg, and more recently, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. No matter how you cut it, West Coast rappers dramatically shaped how pop music sounds, even if that wasn't initial intention. West Coast rap is a powerful, important genre that remains widely respect in the pantheon of music history.

It's up to you to determine who this list will recognize as the best West Coast artists. If you notice anyone missing from this list and should be included, feel free to add them. If you know West Coast hip hop, feel free to chime in with your vote. This list answers the questions "who are the best West Coast hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest West Coast rappers 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 west coast hip hop musicians that you might've heard of. 
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7,746 902
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
5,599 934
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

3
4,951 871
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

4
5,267 853
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

5
4,314 1,372
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

6
4,245 540
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

7
2,592 968
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

8
2,252 428
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added

9
2,022 815
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

10
2,410 1,129
The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

11
1,490 695
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

12
1,441 802
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

13
1,504 681
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

14
1,092 937
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

15
940 552
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

16
1,180 783
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

17
817 643
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

18
720 656
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

19
800 545
YG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
devon-karoff added Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

20
630 188
The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap, West Coast Hip Hop - MC's Kurupt, & Daz Dillinger, DJ Warren G & Executive Producer Snoop Dogg

21
887 350
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Frederic Jonsson added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

22
569 207
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap - West Coast hip hop 

23
545 124
B Real is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Hip Hop Music, Chicano Rap, Gangsta Rap - Funk Rap, Hardcore Hip Hop, Horrorcore, Latin Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop, Rap Metal, Rock Rap, West Coast Hip Hop 

24
587 275
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Hip hop music

25
760 565
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

26
1,544 1,078
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music

27
563 449
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ibraheemq8y added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

28
804 879
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

29
510 189
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ripthecanibus added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

30
371 137
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

31
399 159
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
jhorspool added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

32
538 326
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

33
386 174
Luniz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
russdogg added Hip hop music

34
407 181
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

35
277 145
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

36
359 303
MURS is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

37
368 361
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

38
415 320
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Hip hop music

39
380 333
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

40
443 341
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

41
354 344
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

42
293 142
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

43
505 297
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

44
390 322
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

45
295 226
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

46
260 243
Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

47
392 560
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

48
221 185
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Hip hop music

49
691 793
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

50
344 315
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop