Everyone knows that the Hip Hop culture has its roots on the East Coast but the West Coast rappers made a huge contribution to the game. Debuting in the music scene with their unique style involving different clothes, cars, beats and other distinctive elements, the West Coast changed the game forever with a tradition carried on today by artists such as YG, Nipsey Hussle, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Schoolboy Q, Wiz Khalifa and many more.
Below we decided to come up with a top ten most notorious West Coast rappers, the ones that made it to the legendary status.
10. Kurupt and Daz
Working with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will land you in any list, but Kurupt and Daz also made a name for themselves. While being consistent and original, the duo made a solid contribution to West Coast Hip Hop.
9. The Game
When Game’s mixtape `You Know What It Is Vol. 1` reached Dr. Dre, the Compton rapper instantly landed with an exclusive deal with Aftermath. The rest is history and The Game still holds the flag high for the Left Side.
`Rhyme Pays`, Ice-T’s 1987 album debut, was the first Hip Hop record to carry the explicit content label. Pretty surprising for an ex army man, right?
7. Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg’s contribution to `The Chronic` got him signed to Death Row Records in 1993. Several hits followed the deal but unfortunately in 2011 the rapper passed away from a stroke. His legacy remains.
6. Cypress Hill
Mostly known for their love of weed trough songs like `Hits from the Bong` and `Legalize It`, Cypress Hill’s debut album`Black Sunday` featured two of the most iconic West Coast Hip Hop songs:`Insane in the Brane` and `I Ain`t Going out Like That’.
Eazy-E was a gangster from an early age and that left a clear mark in NWA’s music with Straight Outta Compton defining the sound of Hip Hop in the late 80`s. We just wish Eazy had more time to make even a more solid contribution to the game.
4. Ice Cube
Now it’s clear that Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were the duo that stood behind NWA’s success but Ice Cube had his way with rapping. He wrote the group’s most notorious hits and continued to score platinum plaques for himself as a solo artist years after.
3. Snoop Dogg
One of the most enigmatic figures coming from the Left Coast. His album “Doggystyle” debut no.1 on Billboard in 1993 and Snoop is still active and well-respected in the game.
2. Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre is Hip Hop’s first mogul. The man wrote songs, produced a ton of platinum singles, singed checks, made deals and rapped for himself. What would the game be without him?
1. 2 Pac
Again, a rapper that deserved more time among us. 2 Pac’s influence to the world speaks volumes and even if he was born in New York his multi-platinum smash “California Love” clearly tells us where his heart was.