Gangsta rap

Stylistic origins

Hip hop, hardcore hip hop

Cultural origins

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States

Derivative forms

Dirty rap, mafioso rap


Drill music

Fusion genres


Regional scenes

East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Southern hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Chicano rap

Other topics


Notable artists

Compton's Most Wanted, Eazy-E, The Game, Geto Boys, Ice-T, Kool G Rap, MC Eiht, N.W.A, Schoolly D, Snoop Dogg

Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop music that evolved from hardcore hip hop in the mid-1980s. The genre was pioneered by rappers such as Schoolly D and Ice-T, and was popularised in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A. After the national attention that Ice-T and N.W.A attracted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop. Some gangsta rappers have been associated with or are a part of the Bloods or Crips street gangs.

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