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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7,049 829
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tupac Shakur Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
5,151 826
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice Cube Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

3
4,825 767
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Snoop Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Gangsta rap

4
4,514 803
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

5
3,928 493
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
3,978 1,240
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

7
2,401 894
Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Nate Dogg Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

8
1,878 727
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

9
2,292 1,036
The Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Game Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

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1,970 385
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added Easy E

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1,425 642
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kurupt Hip hop music

12
1,357 762
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

13
1,414 636
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

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1,112 750
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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889 514
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Dre Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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1,027 887
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Schoolboy Q Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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778 610
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Eiht Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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686 623
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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714 503
YG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
devon-karoff added YG Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, West Coast hip hop

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578 168
The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added The Dogg Pound Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap, West Coast Hip Hop - MC's Kurupt, & Daz Dillinger, DJ Warren G & Executive Producer Snoop Dogg

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800 302
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Frederic Jonsson added Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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566 253
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Ab-Soul Hip hop music

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520 184
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Vince Staples Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap - West Coast hip hop 

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487 106
B Real is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added B Real 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 

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710 543
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Rock Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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539 430
Crooked i is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ibraheemq8y added Crooked i Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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771 844
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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1,386 1,029
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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461 174
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ripthecanibus added Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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325 115
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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371 137
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
jhorspool added Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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381 157
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Snow Tha Product Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

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358 159
Luniz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
russdogg added Luniz Hip hop music

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514 318
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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353 290
MURS is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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354 354
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Shock G Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

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436 330
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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244 127
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mike Shinoda Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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370 325
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tha Alkaholiks Hip hop music

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399 312
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Andre Nickatina Hip hop music

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345 335
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
L.B.C. Crew Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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280 134
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Aceyalone Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

The Best Dressed Rappers

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380 312
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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285 222
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Rappin' 4-Tay Hip hop music, G-funk, Contemporary R&B

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250 238
Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Mac Mall Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

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438 270
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Donald Glover Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

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212 178
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Big Syke Hip hop music

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671 775
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kid Ink Hip hop music

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365 544
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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253 223
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