Typically, it is the East Coast of the United States that is associated with hip-hop as this is where many of the top rappers came from during the golden age of this genre of music. However, by the end of the 1980s, West Coast rappers had risen to prominence. Their music differed to their East Coast contemporaries as the lyrics of their music focused on the violence and drugs that were a normal part of street life on the West Coast. It also had a new sound that was fierce and funky. That was predominantly influenced by the rappers of California. While some rappers only achieved limited success, there were many others that became some of the top rappers in the United States and achieved international fame. Here are 20 of the top rappers from the West Coast.
20. MC Eiht
Aaron Tyler was born in Compton, California, on May 22, 1971. He is better known by his stage name MC Eiht. He has worked in the music industry since 1985 as he began his career in hip-hop as a teenager. He bases many of his songs on his own experiences of Compton. In addition to his solo career, he is also the leader of ‘Compton’s Most Wanted’, a West Coast hip-hop group. Some of his singles include ‘Fine By Me’ and ‘Streiht Up Menace’. He has had acting roles in many movies, including ‘Menace II Society’.