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If you were a fan of West Coast rap at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, the odds are pretty high that you're familiar with gangsta rap. The lyrics focus on thug and gangster life and has elements of hardcore hip hop weaved in. Many gangsta rappers were affiliated with gangs and they weren't afraid to boast of their involvement and what activities that their respective gangs were involved in. Gangsta rappers were among the most feared rappers of the time, yet, achieved widespread commercial success due to the harsh realities that were expressed in their lyrics and unmistakable beats that were as catchy as they were innovative. Over time, gangsta rap has come to incorporate rappers from the East Coast as well, but for the most part, those formative years were where the West Coast was closely associated with the genre.

So, who are the best gangsta rappers? Any list of gangsta rappers has to include the likes of Tupac Shakur, Ice T, Snoop Dogg, DMX, 50 Cent and N.W.A. When you think of gangsta rap, you generally will consider the rappers on this list to be the most important voices in the genre. If not for the gangsta rap artists on this list, rap music as as whole may not have expanded in the way it has and the lyrics certainly wouldn't have been as revolutionary if not for gangsta rap.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best gangsta rappers. If you think a rap artist is missing from this and should be on it, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best gangsta rap bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest gangsta rap musician 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 gangsta rap bands that you might've heard of.

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N.W.A 
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Tupac Shakur 
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Eazy-E 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Ice Cube 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Dr. Dre 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Snoop Dogg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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The Notorious B.I.G. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Wu-Tang Clan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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50 Cent 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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DMX 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
DMX

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Nas 
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Nas

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Scarface 
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MC Ren 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Nate Dogg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Mobb Deep 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Big L 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Xzibit 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Ice-T 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Warren G 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Method Man 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Eminem 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Geto Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Westside Connection 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Cypress Hill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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T.I. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Jayceon Terrell Taylor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Tha Dogg Pound 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Too $hort 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Raekwon 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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YG 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time
YG

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G-Unit 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Kendrick Lamar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Busta Rhymes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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E-40 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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MC Eiht 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Mack 10 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Pimp C 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Coolio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Kool G Rap 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Three 6 Mafia 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Compton's Most Wanted 
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Twista 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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The D.O.C. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Bun B 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Prodigy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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LL Cool J 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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DJ Quik 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Gang Starr 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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Spice 1 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

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B.G. Knocc Out 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time