Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best West Coast Hip Hop songs of all time 2017, Hip Hop music has spent much of its origins (primarily its growth through the 1990s) being divided between 3 clear factions. There were the West Coast rappers, the East Coast rappers, and those that belonged to neither one of these two battling groups. The West Coast rappers had a very famous roster of quality hip hop artists throughout the years, and produced some of the most legendary English tracks to ever be heard in all of rap music (no matter which coast you were on). Below you will find the Top 10 Best West Coast Rap Songs of All Time.
- 10. “How I Could Just Kill A Man” – Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1991)
- 9. “Jump Around” – House of Pain – House of Pain (1989)
- 8. “Boyz-N-The Hood” – Eazy E – Eazy-Duz-It (1987)
- 7. “Hate It Or Love It” – The Game (feat. 50 Cent) – The Documentary (2005)
- 6. “Gin and Juice” – Snoop Dogg – Doggy Style (1993)
- 5. “Regulate” – Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg) – Above The Rim (1994)
- 4. “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” – Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) – The Chronic (1992)
- 3. “It Was A Good Day” – Ice Cube – The Predator (1992)
- 2. “Picture Me Rollin’” – 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996)
- 1. “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
Here we present the list of top 10 best West Coast Hip Hop songs of all time 2017.
10. “How I Could Just Kill A Man” – Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1991)
Cypress Hill was a band/group that tends to get overlooked when people begin to list off some of the more evident West coast contributions to the rap music genre. The group would actually see a great deal of success, enough to replace a displaced crowd looking for another group to follow after the demise of N.W.A. Cypress Hill would have several hit singles for the genre, but “How I Could Just Kill A Man” was the kind of hard knuckled and attitude ridden track that would solidify the personality of West Coast rapping. This would be one of their original singles that the group would release, and it would give them the kind of notoriety and respect that would exist for everyone else that will later be listed higher on this list of great West Coast rap songs.
9. “Jump Around” – House of Pain – House of Pain (1989)
This is track that became a big club anthem that persisted throughout the early 1990s. House of Pain would only have a moderate amount of successes compared to the solo career that one of its founding members, Everlast, would later have on his own. The rapper would go on to revolutionize an entire new genre of rap that was almost exclusively acoustic based, and unlike anything that had ever been heard before. None of that would have ever been possible without the iconic track that House of Pain released in 1989 though, “Jump Around”.
8. “Boyz-N-The Hood” – Eazy E – Eazy-Duz-It (1987)
Eazy E is one of the most remembered and discussed West Coast rappers of all time. While no one could necessarily say that he was the smoothest of all the hip hop artists that would follow on the West coast, he was certainly one of the pioneers that helped pave the way for artists to find their audience. “Boyz-N-The Hood” was national success, allowing the now successful rap artist to pull in other rappers that he had become close with and form N.W.A., one of the most successful rap groups of all time.
7. “Hate It Or Love It” – The Game (feat. 50 Cent) – The Documentary (2005)
The Game is a product of the modern look at the West Coast style of rapping. Proving definitively that the general beef between the two coasts was officially squashed, New York rapper 50 Cent initially recruited The Game to be a part of his rap group he was forming known as G Unit. While he would not always be a part of this crew and find greater successes apart from being under the wing of 50 Cent and Aftermath Records, “Hate It Or Love It” which features rapping from 50 Cent, would be a great example of the new leg in West Coast rapping and what it continued to evolve into long after this songs initial release.
6. “Gin and Juice” – Snoop Dogg – Doggy Style (1993)
Gin and juice, while nothing more than the favored drink of rapper Snoop Dogg, would prove to be one of the rappers greatest tracks in his long standing career. This was one of the first looks that the world would get at the Long Beach rapper, who took the opportunity to give his captive audiences a look at his life each day in Southern California. Much like other people growing up in under developed neighborhoods and poor communities, Snoop had to pursue any and all means of making money. This is something that would be a focal point in his life, and the most quoted line from this legendary rap track: “with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.”
5. “Regulate” – Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg) – Above The Rim (1994)
Some of the most iconic rap songs in history are the ones that tell a story throughout its verses. When you combine the rapping of Warren G and the soothing vocals of Nate Dogg together to tell that story, then it is sure to be a track that gets remembered. “Regulate” was a story told from two perspectives, one being that of Warren G who ends up getting held up by a couple of thugs and Nate Dogg who happens across the incident while he is out looking for Warren. While it certainly doesn’t bode well for the jackers, Warren and Nate seem to end up just fine as they and a group of stranded hoes are on their way to the East Side Hotel when the story concludes.
4. “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” – Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) – The Chronic (1992)
Dr. Dre was one of the founding members of N.W.A. and would eventually break off from the group and start a solo career. His most popular album was The Chronic, which featured one of his biggest hits of all time. “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” would be similar in nature to a lot of these songs being released around the demise of N.W.A., which basically was a testament to how every rapper coming out with solo albums at that time deserved to be considered the best. Good thing that Dre made this single, and that this single featured Snoop Dogg, because it was certainly worthy of the list.
3. “It Was A Good Day” – Ice Cube – The Predator (1992)
Living life in the hood can lead to a very hectic existence. Through the song “It Was A Good Day”, Ice Cube talks about all of the things that could have gone wrong in a particular day but didn’t. While the premise for the track is that this is one of the best days ever, it also gives a clear indication of all the things that are most common in the daily life of South Central residents. The Predator would be one of the biggest releases from the rapper, who got his initial start writing and performing with N.W.A. He was the first one to abandon the rap group, citing a gross problem with the way they should have been getting paid. However, setting out on his own, Ice Cube set in motion a new style of rapping and launched potential solo careers for nearly all of his former group mates through his successes apart from N.W.A.
2. “Picture Me Rollin’” – 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (1996)
There is no discussion about the greatest rappers of all time that does not include 2Pac as the first or second name mentioned. While there are countless singles that could have been swapped out for “Picture Me Rollin’” which made this list, this is a song that best defines the kind of rap style that 2Pac brought to the table as well as the West Coast attitude that would largely be responsible for the beef the East and West coasts would have.
1. “Straight Outta Compton” – N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
N.W.A. did not have a long career as a group. While they achieved unexpected successes through the singles that they released, the rap team would start losing crucial members early on during the height of their successes. Their single greatest achievement was Straight Outta Compton which would showcase each and every rapper’s unique delivery style and writing. It would also showcase the producing abilities of Dr. Dre and MC Yella, which would catapult Dre to being one of the biggest and most successful producers/rappers in hip hop history. It all essentially began for the West Coast with “Straight Outta Compton”.
The West Coast rappers have always been a very opinionated group of artists. Whether it was directly antagonizing a beef with East Coast rappers (2Pac Vs. Notorious B.I.G.) or drama in between each other (Ice Cube Vs. N.W.A.), the tracks were always real and always had an impact. While some of these songs are now approaching 30 years in age, they are as relevant today as they were the week that they were released to the globe of rap enthusiasts.