Best Gangsta Rappers


The Top TenXW


Tupac is the G.O.A.T. even though he is not the best lyrically he's up there. He died at age 25 and made an incredible impact on African Americans in general. Not to mention he sold so many albums after his death and he is the definition of Rap music. R.I. P PAC

Tupac is the best gangster rapper, he was a real gangster, he is the worlds greatest gangster rapper and he will live on. If he was still alive lil wayne would be sweeping up the toilets in burger king. Tupac was shot dead in September the 13th 1996 at the age of 25. Tupac shakur lived by the gun and died by the gun. R.I. P = Rap Is Pac! R.I. P 2pac!

He was really good and will most definitely be missed but he was not a real gangster and if you don't agree tell me what gang he was in

Tupac is a real gangster rapper. What is Lil Wayne doing here in the Top Tens? Wayne's songs are whiney and tiresome. Tupac's CDs kept coming after death and his songs are still admired today.

The best gangsta and rapper in the world

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Since he is the only one on this list who may have been a gangster, he must be the greatest gangster rapper. Looking at some of the people in this list, they are confused between rapper and gangster rapper. Tell me one gangster song by Eminem, Gucci Mane or Kanye West.

The Realest In The History Of Rap
The realest and you can ask many people... COMPTON 4LIFE

When we talk about Gangsta Rap - We talk about Eazy-E.
No wonder people call him "The Father of Gangsta Rap".

He was the real deal gangsta rapper and he will always be my favorite rest in peace godfather of gangsta rap.

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3Biggie Smalls

Biggie Smalls and Tupac should be on the top of this list brooklyn to the fullest. Notorious B. I. G had a real rap sheet not like these industry made rap sheets like lil wayne and T. I

They don't call him the Notorious B.I. G for nothing. The most gangster rapper in the world. No doubt!

Why is eminem in the list he's one of the best rappers ever but he's not a gangster biggie is a gangster and should be number 1 no doubt then number 2 should be snoop then PAC, tupac wasn't the best rapper as everyone keeps saying he is he's the realist with his lyrics but his flow is nothing compared to biggie snoop and even big L

Big flow is superior to even the best rappers and has a very touching story

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4Ice Cube

What the f is this.. Everyone knows who owns gangster rap! Its not even a discussion... West coast king cube!

This dude is above easy e, HE WROTE EAZY E'S DAMN LYRICS! In terms of gangsta rapper I think he is above tupac, just the greatest gangsta rapper ever. Listen to death certificate and amerikas most wanted! You will understand. Shout out to scarface, he should be third. Then comes tupac and the rest of NWA.

No one got better gangster rap songs than ice cube!

Even though he isn't the best rapper he is by far the best gangsta rapper

He wrote some of eazy lyrics, but eazy was the only gangster in the group they was writing they song basic off his style like dopeman, eazy was the only dopeman! Eazy really should be before Tupac!

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Eminem is no gangster never claimed to be a gangster never lived a life of a gangster ans never even lived on the streets to be a gangster. Suburbans don't know what a gangster is so they think eminem is. Eminem might try to act like he was a gangster but he's not. He doesn't even deserve to be on this list or any other list but best white rapper. Whites need to stop trying to pick the white rapper for every list especially one he doesn't belong on. HE IS NOT A GANGSTER. Never even experienced it.

Everything he says turns into a beast song... Every song he features in he surpasses the artist.. He came from a tough life... And he's songs are real and come from the heart especially when tragic events happen in his life he will use it to his advantage... Plus he can change styles easily he freestyles good but his 2010 stuff sucked but now that he's back with some of d12 his old self is coming out

Eminem owns. He's the best white rapper. All songs become awesome and emotional. Also he raps about his life. Nothing like the fake gangster lil wayne who wears skinny jeans. Em rules the gangster kingdom

He himself once said that he never was a gangsta or something like this. If he raps about hardcore things, he's just playing, as he himself says

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how do you get more gangster than 50 cent? he came from nothing to a near billionaire because his tough ass never gives up and does what needs to be done. he grew up with no mom or dad. his intelligence gave him the ability to run the crack business in the streets. he was hired by drug lords and pimps for protection because he "wasnt afraid to pull a pistol" he was shot 9 times and has been stabbed twice. he has been jumped countless times since his childhood. he came into the rap game challenging and speaking his mind about any rapper. and every rapper who has challenged him back has had their career ended. this man has been thru so much and still walks around with a smile on his face making hit records. he's a gangster

He is one of the top five gangster artists, Here's the real list for all you people who danoe : Tupac, Biggie, 50 Cent, The Game, Eminem - Top Five artists no real order but they are the five dons. Anyone else chatting about other gangster rap is chatting out they asscrack.

Real gangsta voice, gangsta tunes, gangsta lyrics... Total thug... Total gangsta... Fitty's the best gangstas out there.

He is a monster

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7Dr. Dre

Probably the most influential rap song writer and producer ever. The style created by the doctor was the touchstone of gangsta rap, setting the tone for generations to come. RESPECT TO DRE!

Dr. Dre is the best rap and hip hop producer ever!

Dre was making the good rap when rap was good, and he's still making good music. Plus, his beats are featured on raps by most the rappers above.

Dr der is like DR AWESOME

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8Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is probably the most acclaimed rapper of today, he bases all of his songs on Gangster.

His entire style is based on Gangster. Thats just Snoop Dogg's style of rapping. and you gotta give it to him. He has really made a name for himself too. - roblist

SNOOP DOGG FOR LIFE HE ROCK I LOVE HIM. He is a slow rapper but his rhymes are 1000 percent free style not written freestyle all his songs. He should be number 3.

Snoops smoothness, funk and lyrics sum up to something better than the rest. "I promise I smoke chronic til the day that I die. " Doggystyle is hard to beat for a single CD.

Snoop I love Your Songs #Swag

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This guy continues gangsta rap into modern timess

Game goes HAM on every album. Always proving he is on top. Risked his career following what he believed in, going at 50 Cent. Stop Snitchin' Stop Lyin is the rawest mixtape of all time. And still made it without Dre. And lets not forget "Soldier" - "... I'm still breathin', I ain't dead, next time you try to kill me put one in my head! "

This dude is the face of modern west coast rap! Nobody knows hip hop better than him! he has studied rap as if it was a degree! He has improved tremendously since he first started. Hes got the perfect attitude and personality of a rapper: pure gangster! He is so versatile and I honestly think he is if not the best, at least one of the best rappers in the game atm (even though he is sorta under rated internationally)

The game is the realest in the rap game today everybody else besides dmx are fake wannabe gangsters he should without question be higher then 50 on this list 50 didn't even get shot in New York he was shot in Connecticut cause he snitched and ran then he went soft. game is definitely top 5 all time number 1 in last decade

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No one is better than NAS! No other rapper has a flow of his quality with any beat in any song he has! His lyrics are the best no doubt and if you have got doubt then you anit listening to his song! Nas is the sickest stillmatic Illmatic two of the best rap albums of all time!

He is lyrically talented he is the king of new york with out him the rap game. Wouldve not Been as good as it is today

One of the greatest rappers alive, let along gangsta rap. He definitely should be number one on the list.

He is one of the best rapper, but he doesn't seem to be a real gangsta, more like a coward I would say

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Should be the one of the top 10 because he go hardcore on any rap especially bad for your health

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11Big L

Such a good voice, such good flow, and such good lyrics. His instrumentals are good and his lyrics are dope and smart. Notthin much can match the graveyard by Big L for me

One of the Best lyrical rappers of all time.R.I.P. big L

Had the best punchlines ever and still rapped about the hood. Best ever. Period.

One of the best lyricists to walk on this earth and his punchlines were like no other. Insane flow and undoubtedly one of the freestyle kings. RIP Big L

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He's the best hardcore rapper of all time and he's definitely in the top 5 best gangsta rappers. He should also be in the top 10 best rappers of all tim

For some that's been addicted to crack from his teens, I must admit his something special to keep his physical and mental appearance throughout the years although you can see the drugs evil doing on him now in 2014 as recent as July. Imagine how great he would of been if he wernt on class A drugs... People judge and quick to knock him and a lot of that has to do with the newer generations seeing him the way he is now and not back before in his prime. Easily without any doubt he could have been one of the most powerful/significant figures in hip hop and along with Tupac.

Dmx is the most hardcore rapper the world will ever see dah mun shell down many men already men even Eminem

His delivery is the best of the best. - bunnyluv070

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This website doesn't know rap, Scarface should be on the top 3, instead you have Eminem on there, granted he is lyrical but he's not gangsta, he doesn't know anything about selling, the only thing close is that guy was a fiend because he was a pill popper, this website needs to learn what a gangsta rapper really is and not just put stuff up to gain traffic.

Great Gangsta Storyteller Great Lyrics Great Flow and Delivery - hiphop10

Many rappers talk about life on the corner. Few delve deeper than the pseudo-glam of pumpin a 9 into a jacker. Fewer still can convey the pain that that life leads to. Only one can do it so well you feel like its happening right in front of you... That you're the one doing it. Only one can do it so well you forget that it's a song because the images and feelings are so vivid that the lyrics suck you in... That man is Scarface. Sure, Rakim and Biggie had better flows, G Rap had more rhymes, KRS had more presence.. But as far as straight gangsterism, and everything that came wwith it--the gpaingood, the bad, and the downright tragic and heartwrenching--its Scarface. No contest.

This man is should be in the top 3 at the very least. Who in the hell put Eminem up there? Lil Wayne? That cat is far from a gangsta. Snoop? A gimmick! Tupac? the biggest fraud since pet rocks. - TRUTH4daMASSES

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14Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone thugs at number 32? Is everyone idiots? Listen to the first to bone albums and tell me they ain't gangster as hell. I'm disappointed in everyone here. 5 words, CREEPIN ON AH COME UP

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has made multiple tracks that are inspirational and just good to listen too.

Very original for their time lyrical geniuses!

The best gangster barbershop quintet EVER.

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15Ice T

Ice T is the greatest gangsta rapper ever. People need to go back and listen to his old albums. He made at least five classic gangsta rap albums, with about 15 to 20 tracks on each album, with lyrics that expressed intelligent street knowledge as well as raw street gangster tales. AT LEAST FIVE CLASSIC ALBUMS, maybe more. Ice T is to the gangster rap genre what Clint Eastwood is to the western movie.
The only gangster rappers who even start to compare to Ice T are Ice Cube (who was more political/militant than gangster at his peak) and possibly Scarface.

How the Hell youÂ're can forget THe Greatest Gangsta Rapper ever, He made this genre he started gangsta rap. 1982 where the most from the list where little kids, c mon the O G is nr 2 at least, because pac is nr 1

Ice T is the original gangsta. He started it in the early 80's I think that puts him in the top 3. His lyrics are pure gangsta

Ice T should a been in that top 10

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He's a lyrical genius


Eminem is my number 1 lyricist of all time but I been listening to spm before em even had his first 1st album out. But spm is a awesome lyricist, he's not quite eminem but if eminem is a 10 then spm is about a 7.5-8 easy. He gets down... Ok, enough about comparing them. Spm is more gangster rap, some funny stuff when they free style when they're high. I think be would beat most main stream rappers in a real free style.

Realest Latino rapper, born a hustla, raised a G. The definition of a Street Poet. SPM was raised in South Park, SE Houston. Speaks of stories from being raised by mother who could barelly afford to buy herself clothes just so she could clothe and feed her children, to slanging Dope, gettin shot at, and working The Night shift. He is currently serving a 45year sentence after being convicted without evidence. Accused of touching a young girl, the daughter of a woman who blackmailed him asking for money, which is %100 unlikely since he could be bustin nuts w/ every ho in the club iif he wanted. SPM H-Town LEGEND, poet, Hillwood hustla, G and player

He's a good Rapper Has style and Lyrics are good one of my favorite rappers in the world

I agree spm is the best rapper!

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18Spice 1

Spice-1 is the giggity giggity gangsta. He's been putting down since 91 reps gangsta rap to the fullest and in my opinion at least top five for sure he got more gangsta in his pinky than 90% of these other dudes. His lyrical flow is way out the box and in 91 he was so ahead of his time that he'd clown any current rapper nowadays

Spice is the most hardcore rapper ever, this website is wack, you guys don't know gangsta rap. Eminem is sold out, number 3? You guys need to get your ears checked.

Spice 1 needs to be up more on this list definitely

When I heard "Born to Die" on tales from the hood I was blown away, and immediately learned how gangsta Spice 1 was.

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19Lil Wayne

Overrated and he is no where near a gangsta. He acts like a pretty boy now when he know he the ugliest rapper alive

I must say he does have a talent. But being one of the realest gangster rappers he will never be. Truly a bad role model for the youth and going to jail doesn't mean your gangsta. He never lived a real street life as of the people from his city. Money, tattoos and gold teeth means nothing when it comes to being gangsta. But everyone like who they like but being Real is something allot of people isn't.

He doesn't deserve as much hate as he gets, he's a gangsta just not compared to people like nwa.

I can't believe what you people are saying he is more gangsta than just about any rapper I mean he grew up in the hood he goes harder than any of you ever think I mean the stuff he's been through nobody could grow through it without just giving up and he doesn't say he's a gangsta cause he went to jail it's because he is! LIVE LONG YOUNG MONEY!

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20Method Man

Yes not the best but I still love some of his songs

Not the best, but great! I don't doibt him and his raps

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