Hip Hop Artists 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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8,366 958
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
6,001 1,024
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
5,357 948
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

4
5,667 908
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

5
4,625 1,475
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
4,526 573
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
2,738 1,035
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

8
2,536 463
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added

9
2,115 866
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

10
2,530 1,180
The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

11
1,559 738
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

12
1,530 839
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

13
1,582 715
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

14
1,141 988
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
1,241 805
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

16
964 581
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

17
883 575
YG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
devon-karoff added Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

18
856 668
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

19
747 686
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

20
680 205
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
969 396
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
611 230
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
615 293
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Hip hop music

24
808 581
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

25
1,700 1,123
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music

26
578 137
B Real is listed (or ranked) 26 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 

27
580 463
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ibraheemq8y added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

28
544 200
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ripthecanibus added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

29
842 909
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

30
399 151
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

31
427 173
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
558 339
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
406 186
Luniz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
russdogg added Hip hop music

34
422 198
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

35
293 160
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

36
378 374
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

37
366 315
MURS is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

38
458 349
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

39
422 329
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Hip hop music

40
558 311
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

41
383 341
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

42
354 353
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

43
299 150
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

44
307 233
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

45
399 329
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

46
264 250
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
424 575
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
231 192
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Hip hop music

49
705 808
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

50
265 238
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