Top 10 west coast rap songs of all time
top 10 west coast rap songs of all time
13. Xzibit – What U See Is What U Get’
Though he went on to become a West Coast mainstay, Xzibit seemingly came out of nowhere when he hit the mainstream in 1998. His run began with the brilliant single, “What U See Is What U Get,” a haunting tale of life on the streets that contained one of the best horrorcore beats ever made.
12. Lady of Rage – ‘Afro Puffs’
West Coast hip-hop wasn’t just a male dominated affair. Lady of Rage got the chance to chime in when Death Row included her debut single on the “Above the Rim” soundtrack. “Afro Puffs remains one of Dr. Dre’s best tracks, driven by a woman whose rhymes hit just as hard as the boy’s.
11. DJ Quik – ‘Jus Lyke Compton’
If DJ Quik was a loner, it’s simply because he didn’t need anyone else. Quik’s second single, “Just Lyke Compton,” instantly made him a player on the West Coast, thanks to its funky style and his charismatic flow that, at the time, was matched by very few.
10. Kendrick Lamar f/MC Eiht – ‘M.A.A.D. City”
Kendrick Lamar’s album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” was a conceptual tale of what it’s like to grow up in Compton. The album’s fiery centerpiece is the turning point of a title track that features Lamar trying to overcome the violence around him, while not getting swallowed alive by it. As an added bonus, the song features a memorable guest appearance by West Coast legend MC Eiht.
9. Ice Cube – ‘No Vaseline’
Ice Cube didn’t leave N.W.A. on good terms, as he made apparent on “No Vaseline” with the opening lines “Oh, it ain’t over.” What proceeds is one of the best diss tracks of all-time, as Cube lays into each of his former group mates with no mercy. “No Vaseline” cemented Cube as one of the most influential and compelling voices of his time.
8. The Pharcyde – ‘Passin’ Me By’
The Pharcyde was one of more playful of the early 1990s West Coast groups, but also one of the most talented. The group’s style bordered on stunning and leaned on a sound that was more original than anything else. “Passin’ Me By” is The Pharcyde magnum opus, sampling everyone from Quincy Jones to Jimi Hendrix, while showcasing the four emcees’ impressive lyrical gifts.
5. Cypress Hill – ‘How I Could Just Kill a Man’
You can’t overstate the earth shattering impact of Cypress Hill’s 1991 debut single. At the time of its release, “How I Could I Just Kill a Man” was unlike anything hip-hop (on either coast) had witnessed, from the hardcore, psychedelic style beat to B-Real’s mesmerizing nasally flow. The song, along with Cypress Hill’s fantastic debut album, would go on to influence several great emcees, including Eminem.
3. Snoop Dogg – ‘Gin and Juice’
As far as timeless hip-hop songs and phrases go, it’s hard to beat “Gin and Juice,” a song that has hit pop-culture heights with generations that no longer actually sip on gin and juice. Snoop’s second single was an example of how his smooth flow could captivate like no other with rhymes that would score parties for decades to come.
2. Ice Cube – ‘It Was a Good Day’
Ice Cube’s 1993 single has become such a hip-hop landmark fans have spent countless hours trying to figure out the specific day at the center of “It Was a Good Day.” Spoiler: It’s abstract. But you can’t really blame bloggers. The combination Cube’s vivid rhymes and DJ Pooh’s melodic beat is as perfect as rap music can get.
1. Dr. Dre – ‘Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’
You already knew what No.1 was going to be. And how could it not? “Nuthin But a ‘G’ Thang” was the starting point for most of the other songs on this list, as it raised the bar for hip-hop music in general. The track, which features the most recognizable hip-hop beat of all-time, was the first single to come out of Dre’s “The Chronic” sessions. There had never been anything like it and, arguably, nothing as good since. The song remains the pinnacle of hip-hop production and the song that turned Dr. Dre into an icon.
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