Rap music/Gangsta rap

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The first gangster rapper was Ice T. Influenced by east coast rappers Schoolly D and Boogie Down Productions, Ice T created a style he later termed Crime Rhyme. Next to him, especially NWA and Eazy E 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.