Gangsta rap

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Gangsta rap is a genre of rap music, often with lyrical subjects based on the violence inherent in the gangster lifestyle.

One of the first gangsta rappers went under the pseudoname Ice T.


Other important gangster rappers include Comptons Most Wanted, Above The Law and 2Pac. Boogie Down Production's first album "Criminal Minded" probably also influenced gangster rap, and both the Beastie Boys and Run DMC were sampled and otherwise quoted by NWA and Eazy E, who popularized the new style that at first was basically hardcore rap, but later on, former NWA member Dr. Dre introduced more melodic elements especially from the realm of P Funk, creating a new style called G Funk. The style flourished on the west coast, but eventually many east coast artists adopted the lyrical style. Musically, however, the east did not abandon his own brand of hip hop. In the 1990s, at least on a lyrical level gangster rap also influenced rappers from the east coast, e.g. DMX, Jay Z and Notorious BIG. Currently major gangster rappers include ice Cube who still follows the original P funk; Snoop Dogg who raps in a G funk; and Warren G who still know as one of the Greatest rappers of all time, credited as creating a lot of the spirit of rap.

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