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The 100 Greatest West Coast Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

From N.W.A to Tyler, the Creator, from mobb music to hyphy


MAY 1, 2023

west coast rap

HIP-HOP WAS BORN in the Bronx in the summer of 1973. To celebrate the music’s 50th anniversary, “Rolling Stone” will be publishing a series of features, historical pieces, op-eds, and lists throughout this year.

Our story of West Coast hip-hop music begins in 1981. That’s when producer, songwriter, and industry veteran Duffy Hooks III formed Rappers Rapp Disco Co. in Los Angeles. The label’s first release was “The Gigolo Rapp,” a nine-minute party platter that featured Disco Daddy and Captain Rapp rocking over an interpolation of Rick James’ “Give It to Me.” That same year, Oakland entrepreneur and soul singer Mickey “Mo” Moore released “Super Rat,” by Motorcycle Mike and the Rat Trap Band on Hodisk Records. However, the tale could start much earlier. There’s plenty of evidence that rap developed long before the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” brought New York hip-hop to the world. “From the nasty tales of Stagolee to H. Rap Brown in the Sixties, most of rap is nothing more than straight-up Black bravado,” wrote Ice-T in his book The Ice Opinion. “Rapping is just something you pick up in the ghetto.”

In four-plus decades, the West Coast scene has blossomed with musical variety, not only in Los Angeles and the Bay Area but also Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle, and other cities across the region. From the electro era to mobb music, turntablism, hyphy, and more, it has produced so many standout artists, micro-scenes, one-hit wonders, and multi-genre fusions that it proved impossible to fit them all into a single, 100-song list. We could dedicate half of the list to the N.W.A family tree alone, a lineage that stretches from the World Class Wreckin’ Cru to Kendrick Lamar. We could have stuffed it with 2Pac, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg hits. Instead, we chose to go broad, sticking to one main artist’s song apiece, with few exceptions. Even then, we struggled to include everyone who matters. Inevitably, some did not make the cut.

The list was compiled by our editors and a team of critics headed up by Bay Area writer and longtime RS contributor Mosi Reeves. After compiling the initial list, we thought it would be nice to get an insider’s opinion. Our expert eyeballer for the 100 Greatest West Coast Hip-Hop Songs is Mike Cox of the L.A. production duo Mike & Keys. They have worked with many of the artists who appear here, including Dr. Dre, Nipsey Hustle, Dom Kennedy, Xzibit, and Saweetie. “West Coast hip-hop is the inspiration that me and my partner Keys used to make Nipsey’s album Victory Lap, because we were inspired by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A,” says Mike. “We were inspired by them using funk samples with hip-hop drums.”

Mike says that when Nipsey Hussle began work on the Grammy-nominated Victory Lap, he connected with numerous OG producers, including the late Digital Underground figurehead Shock G, Dr. Dre, and DJ Quik as well as engineers who worked on those sessions. “It’s like going and sitting with your senseis that did it before you and getting the blessing. We did that with all the West Coast legends,” he says.

However, Mike wonders what West Coast hip-hop means now in the age of the internet. “The internet made it possible for anybody to put their music up and think they’re a professional,” he says. “It’s made music more of a gumbo effect.… When you have everything accessible to you, you’re kinda all over the place.” Yet that’s part of the history, too. As the region evolves and acclimates to changing tastes in the music industry, our 100 Greatest West Coast Hip-Hop Songs stands as a snapshot of the scene’s important landmarks. It’s made with the knowledge that the future may well uncover a different portrait.

100. Black Eyed Peas - joints and jams

99. Oaktown's 3-5-7 - yeah, yeah, yeah

98. Dom Kennedy - when I come around

97. Open Mike Eagle - qualifiers

96. Captain Rapp - Bad Times (I Can't Stand It)

95. Brotha Lynch Hung - rest in piss

94. The Alkaholiks - make room

93. Dilated Peoples - work the angles

92. Kamaiyah - how does it feel?

91. Zion-I - inner light

90. Blu and Exile - So(Ul) Amazin’ (Steel Blazin’)

89. Saafir - light sleeper

88. L.A. Dream Team - The Dream Team Is In The House!

87. King Tee - At Your Own Risk (Buddha Mix)

86. Lyrics Born - Callin' Out

85. Jurassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard

84. Saweetie - ICY GRL

83. P-Lo - Put Me On Somethin'

82. Skee-Lo - I Wish

81. World Class Wreckin’ Cru - Turn Off The Lights

80. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Same Love

79. Medusa/S.I.N. - Power Of The P

78. 03 Greedo - Never Bend

77. Deltron 3030 - 3030

76. Earl Sweatshirt - Chum

75. Toddy Tee - Batteram

74. Xzbit - Get Your Walk On

73. Problem feat. Bad Luc - Like Whaaat

72. Mack 10 & Tha Dogg Pound - Nothin' But The Cavi Hit

71. Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

70. Young MC - Bust A Move

69. Doja Cat - Rules

68. Mozzy - Bladadah

67. SOB x RBE - Anti

66. The Coup - Fat Cats, Bigga Fish

65. People Under the Stairs - Acid Raindrops

64. Westside Connection - Bow Down

63. DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World

62. Kendrick Lamar - DNA

61. JT the Bigga Figga - Game Recognize Game

60. Spice 1 - Trigga's Got No Heart

59. San Quinn & Andre Nickatina - Ayo

58. Tyga - Rack City

57. MC Hammer - Let's Get It Started

56. Kid Frost - La Raza

55. The Conscious Daughters - Somethin' To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)

54. Schoolboy Q - Man Of The Year

53. Roddy Ricch - The Box

52. Quasimoto - Microphone Mathematics

51. 2Pac feat. Digital Underground - I Get Around

50. The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By

49. Snoop Dogg feat. Kurupt, Nate Dogg & Warren G - Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)

48. Drakeo the Ruler - Flu Flamming

47. RBL Posse - Don't Give Me No Bammer

46. Sir Mix-a-Lot - Posse On Broadway

45. Too $hort - Freaky Tales

44. Freestyle Fellowship - 7th Seal

43. The D.O.C. - It's Funky Enough

42. MC Eiht - Streiht Up Menace

41. The Jacka feat. Andre Nickatina - Glamorous Lifestyle

40. Vince Staples - Norf Norf

39. Eazy-E - Boyz-N-The Hood

38. J.J. Fad - Supersonic

37. Lil B - I'm god

36. The Game feat. 50 Cent - Hate It Or Love It

35. Coolio - Fantastic Voyage

34. Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube - You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo

33. Dr. Dre - Still D.R.E.

32. Above the Law - Call It What U Want

31. Egyptian Lover - Egypt, Egypt

30. Ice-T - Colors

29. Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 ½ Minute Workout)

28. Keak Da Sneak - Super Hyphy

27. Luniz - I Got 5 On It

26. The Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs

25. Ice Cube - Dead Homiez

24. Warren G feat. Nate Dogg - Regulate

23. YG feat. Nispey Hussle - FDT

22. Digital Underground - Doowutchyalike

21. Suga Free - Why U Bullshittin'

20. The Pharcyde - Runnin'

19. Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers

18. E-40 feat. the Click - Captain Save A Hoe

17. Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man

16. DJ Quik - Tonite

15. Rodney-O and DJ Joe Cooley - Everlasting Bass

14. N.W.A - Fuck Tha Police

13. 2Pac - California Love

12. Eazy-E - Real Muthaphuckkin G's

11. Nipsey Hussle feat. YG - Last Time That I Checc'd

10. Ice-T - 6 In The Mornin'

9. Mac Dre - Feelin' Myself

8. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin And Juice

7. Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

6. Too $hort - Blow The Whistle

5. Souls of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity

4. Makaveli feat. Outlawz - Hail Mary

3. Kendrick Lamar feat. Mc Eiht - M.A.A.D City

2. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton

1. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang