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The Greatest West Coast Rappers of All Time

From the tough streets of Compton to the colorful vibrancy of Oakland, the West Coast hip-hop music scene has long been a hub for innovative and influential hip hop, with a rich history of talented westside rappers who have left their mark on the genre. Home to the birth of gangsta rap, G-funk, and countless lyrical titans, West Coast hip hop artists have formed a major cornerstone of rap culture and innovation.

Whether we’re talking the early days of N.W.A., Ice-T and the start of the gangsta rap movement or we look at the rise of Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples more recently, the West Coast has consistently produced some of the most iconic and important rappers in hip hop history.

From the smooth, laid-back flow of Snoop Dogg to socially-charged rage of 2Pac to Kendrick’s superb rhyming talents, here our fans rank the best West Coast rappers of all time.

The most streamed West Coast Rap artist is Kendrick Lamar with 30.50B streams, which includes 23.77B as the lead artist and 6.72B from features, followed by 2Pac (6.73B) and Dr. Dre (7.47B).

A top list of West Coast Rap artists in order of streams as lead artist is as follows:

1
Kendrick Lamar

Streams as a lead artist: 23.77B
Streams as a featured artist: 6.72B
Most streamed song of all time by Kendrick Lamar: HUMBLE. with 2.21B streams
Most streamed song today by Kendrick Lamar: Not Like Us with 7.7M daily streams

2
2Pac

Streams as a lead artist: 6.54B
Streams as a featured artist: 186.7M
Most streamed song of all time by 2Pac: Ambitionz Az A Ridah with 738.7M streams
Most streamed song today 2Pac: California Love with 549K daily streams

3
Dr. Dre

Streams as a lead artist: 5.22B
Streams as a featured artist: 2.26B
Most streamed song of all time by Dr. Dre: Still D.R.E. with 1.41B streams
Most streamed song today Dr. Dre: Still D.R.E. with 714K daily streams

4
Snoop Dogg

Streams as a lead artist: 4.18B
Streams as a featured artist: 6.40B
Most streamed song of all time by Snoop Dogg: Young, Wild & Free with 1.42B streams
Most streamed song today Snoop Dogg: Still D.R.E. with 714K daily streams

5
Ice Cube

Streams as a lead artist: 2.85B
Streams as a featured artist: 12.7M
Most streamed song of all time by Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day with 1.11B streams
Most streamed song today Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day with 748K daily streams

6
Cypress Hill

Streams as a lead artist: 1.27B
Streams as a featured artist: 656K
Most streamed song of all time by Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain with 403.0M streams
Most streamed song today Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain with 188K daily streams

7
The Alchemist

Streams as a lead artist: 460.2M
Streams as a featured artist: 482.0M
Most streamed song of all time by The Alchemist: E. Coli with 147.9M streams
Most streamed song today The Alchemist: E. Coli with 140K daily streams

8
DJ Quik

Streams as a lead artist: 171.3M
Streams as a featured artist: 3.7M
Most streamed song of all time by DJ Quik: Dollaz + Sense with 38.1M streams
Most streamed song today DJ Quik: Dollaz + Sense with 17K daily streams
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