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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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5,091 555
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

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3,845 510
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
3,484 508
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
3,393 552
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
2,963 317
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
2,907 877
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
1,788 637
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
1,395 471
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
1,838 788
Jayceon Terrell Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Game Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Contemporary R&B

10
1,153 467
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kurupt Hip hop music

11
1,051 604
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

12
1,074 457
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Ice-T Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Rock music

13
879 516
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

14
767 605
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Schoolboy Q Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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1,089 167
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added Easy E

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566 465
Mack 10 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mack 10 Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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625 473
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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626 382
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Dre Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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503 323
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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639 544
MC Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Hammer Hip hop music, Pop music, House music

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574 442
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Rock Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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989 699
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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315 89
The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 23 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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405 166
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
yABoy added Ab-Soul Hip hop music

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483 173
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Frederic Jonsson added Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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369 346
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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310 94
Vince Staples is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Vince Staples Hip Hop Music, Gangsta Rap

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295 103
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
ripthecanibus added Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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571 597
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kid Ink Hip hop music

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302 261
Andre Nickatina is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
GabeGans added Andre Nickatina Hip hop music

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299 262
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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425 255
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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359 270
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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198 186
Mac Mall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added Mac Mall Gangsta rap, Rap music, Hyphy

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299 238
MURS is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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220 162
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miguel-martinez added King Lil G

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305 308
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Shock G Hip hop music, Electronic dance music, Jazz

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304 292
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 38 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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322 280
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tha Alkaholiks Hip hop music

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217 186
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 40 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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169 94
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Clayton added Aceyalone Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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152 133
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Big Syke Hip hop music

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207 174
MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added MC Breed Hip hop music

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289 272
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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168 160
Delinquent Habits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Delinquent Habits Hip hop music, Rap music, Latin hip hop

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227 41
B Real is listed (or ranked) 46 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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255 464
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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229 75
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
jhorspool added Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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152 156
The Coup is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added The Coup Hip hop music

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276 119
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Donald Glover Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap