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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8,162 942
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
5,868 997
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
5,225 925
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

4
5,533 890
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

5
4,532 1,440
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
4,434 559
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
2,695 1,008
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

8
2,436 450
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added

9
2,081 848
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

10
2,492 1,161
The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

11
1,530 722
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

12
1,496 823
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

13
1,557 704
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

14
1,218 795
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

15
1,126 971
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

16
958 571
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

17
840 659
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

18
737 674
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
862 562
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
662 200
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
943 377
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
598 221
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
612 281
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Hip hop music

24
566 131
B Real is listed (or ranked) 24 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 

25
794 573
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
1,644 1,106
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music

27
574 456
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ibraheemq8y added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

28
825 897
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

29
527 192
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
382 146
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

31
417 164
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
398 179
Luniz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
russdogg added Hip hop music

33
548 331
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

34
414 188
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

35
290 151
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

36
363 308
MURS is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

37
373 364
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

38
420 322
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Hip hop music

39
450 345
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

40
381 336
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

41
542 304
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

42
354 347
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
298 144
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

44
394 325
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

45
301 229
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
263 245
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
406 570
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
227 187
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Hip hop music

49
699 799
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hip hop music

50
262 234
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