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.
Rap music/Gangsta rap
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