Editors’ Notes Blurring the lines between documentary and action movie, between bleak realities and empowering fantasy, the unflinching narratives of gangsta rap remain among hip-hop’s most influential, popular and controversial strains. Inspired by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D’s groundbreaking, monolithic 1985 12-inch "P.S.K.-What Does It Mean?" California rappers like Ice-T, N.W.A., and Too $hort started making records better suited for car stereos than pop radio—gleefully explicit, focused on violent realism and speaking frankly to systemic problems. In the ’90s, artists like Dr. Dre and 2Pac helped turn gangsta rap from underground sensation into a Billboard-dominating cultural force. Ice Cube preferred the term “reality rap,” and indeed gangsta rap provided a window into what was happening on the street corners of Houston, Memphis, Austin, Cleveland, New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, and beyond. Today, gangsta rap is part of hip-hop’s understructure, a key element in the luxury rap of Rick Ross and the Pulitzer-winning panoramas of Kendrick Lamar.

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ALBUM
Ambitionz Az a Ridah
4:38
 
m.A.A.d city (feat. MC Eiht)
5:50
 
Racks in the Middle (feat. Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy)
3:53
 
Why You Always Hatin? (feat. Drake & Kamaiyah)
3:16
 
Hate It Or Love It (feat. 50 Cent)
3:26
 
Let Me Ride (feat. Jewell)
4:21
 
Regulate (feat. Nate Dogg)
4:08
 
It Was a Good Day
4:20
 
Hustlin'
4:14
 
Born and Raised In Compton
3:24
 
Only In California
4:39
 
Gin and Juice (feat. Dat N***a Daz)
3:31
 
Hittin Corners
4:43
 
Big Pimpin'
3:58
 
Hood Took Me Under
3:39
 
Welcome To the Ghetto
4:09
 
Murder Rap
4:13
 
Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.)
4:01
 
Afro Puffs
4:50
 
Keep Ya Head Up
4:22
 
Feelin' Myself
3:44
 
Bitch Please
3:54
 
Straight Outta Compton
4:18
 
Colors
4:27
 
Insane in the Brain
3:28
 
P.S.K. What Does It Mean?
6:29
 
Act a Fool
4:18
 
Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta
5:10
 
The Formula
4:10
 
La Raza
3:29
 
Who Shot Ya
5:16
 
Shook Ones, Pt. II
5:25
 
Many Men (Wish Death)
4:16
 
Whatcha Gonna Do (feat. Method Man & DMX)
4:34
 
F**k You
4:07
 
Ridin' Dirty
5:32
 
What You Know
4:34
 
Wanna Be a Baller
5:55
 
2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4:06
 
Foe Life (feat. Ice Cube)
4:14
 
New York, New York
4:50
 
Black Superman
3:51
 
Blue Laces 2
4:10
 
Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)
4:43
 
Thug
3:50
 
A Milli
3:41
 
Talk It How I Bring It
2:13
 
What U See Is What U Get
5:08
 
Guerillas Ain't Gangstas
4:10
 
Nuthin' but a G thang (feat. Snoop Dogg)
3:58
 
Straight Up Menace
4:36
 
This D.J. (feat. O.G.L.B.)
3:23
 
Dollaz + Sense
5:52
 
Necessary Roughness
4:45
 
Growin' Up In the Hood
4:11
 
Strap On the Side
4:47
 
Pour Out a Little Liquor
3:30
 
I Got Love
3:58
 
Coastin
3:37
 
Tops Drop
4:12
 
Front, Back & Side to Side
5:13
 
Make 'Em Say Ugh
5:06
 
Game Over (Flip)
3:52
 
Stay Fly
3:56
 
Down For My N****z (feat. Snoop Dogg & Magic)
3:45
 
Freaky Tales
9:33
 
I Got 5 On It (Remix) [feat. Dru Down, E-40, Richie Richie Rich, Shock G & Spice 1]
4:14
 
You Don't Want Drama
4:33
 
6:12
 
Boyz-n-the-Hood (feat. Ice Cube) [Remix]
6:21
 
6 'N the Mornin'
3:44
 
Same Old Sh*t
4:07
 
Six Feet Deep
5:24
 
F**k Compton
4:09
 
I Don't Like (feat. Lil Reese)
4:53
 
Hit 'Em Up (feat. Outlawz)
5:12
 
Smooth (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4:35
 
Gangsta Nation
4:53
 
Gang Stories
4:48
 
U Better Recognize (feat. Dr. Dre)
3:53
 
6 Shooter
5:06
 
Ghetto Fabulous
4:33
 
Tha Crossroads
3:43
 
187 He Wrote
4:51
 
C-Walk (feat. Tray Dee & Slip Capone)
5:11
 
4:31
 
Now We Lay 'Em Down
4:42
 
Get Money
4:34
 
Mr. Scarface
5:52
 
Stunt 101 (Explicit)
3:52
 
I'm a Thug
4:14
 
Collard Greens (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
4:59
 
Bicken Back Being Bool
4:03
 
Saved (feat. E-40)
2:58
 
Let Me Get It (feat. Tech N9ne)
3:04
 
Don't Fight the Feelin'
8:18
 
Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4:30
 
Appetite For Destruction
3:22
 
Hail Mary
5:09
 
Nothin' But the Cavi Hit
4:01
 

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