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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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5,377 577
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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4,031 543
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

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3,675 536
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
3,547 576
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Dr. Dre Hip hop music, Rap music, Gangsta rap

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3,075 339
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

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3,041 919
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
1,884 659
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
1,479 496
Warren G is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Warren G Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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1,904 819
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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1,187 497
Kurupt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kurupt Hip hop music

11
1,084 633
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

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1,111 482
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

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1,201 176
Easy E is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Felix Kwabena Jones added Easy E

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916 532
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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801 628
Schoolboy Q is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Schoolboy Q Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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579 488
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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638 402
Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Mac Dre Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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643 491
MC Eiht is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
MC Eiht Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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523 346
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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660 565
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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343 98
The Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 21 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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589 456
Jay Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jay Rock Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

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1,044 730
Wiz Khalifa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Wiz Khalifa Hip hop music, Pop music

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419 181
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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510 190
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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378 361
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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328 108
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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323 113
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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586 618
Kid Ink is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Kid Ink Hip hop music

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430 266
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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369 278
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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242 82
Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
jhorspool added Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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178 54
Scarface is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Scarface Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Gangsta rap

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204 197
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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305 247
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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311 316
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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260 114
Luniz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
russdogg added Luniz Hip hop music

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289 130
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Donald Glover Hip Hop Music, Alternative hip hop, Pop Rap

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221 173
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miguel-martinez added King Lil G

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305 276
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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306 272
Keak da Sneak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Keak da Sneak Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Hyphy

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307 301
L.B.C. Crew is listed (or ranked) 42 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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324 289
Tha Alkaholiks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Tha Alkaholiks Hip hop music

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231 100
Snow Tha Product is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Snow Tha Product Hip Hop Music, Chicano rap, Hyphy Rap

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228 194
Rappin' 4-Tay is listed (or ranked) 45 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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212 183
MC Breed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
r-a-menizz added MC Breed Hip hop music

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290 280
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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171 103
Aceyalone is listed (or ranked) 48 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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155 143
Big Syke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Calvin Es added Big Syke Hip hop music

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281 476
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best West Coast Rappers
Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop