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5. SAFE AND SOUND – DJ QUIK
Safe and Sound was released as Quik’s third studio venture in 1995, and proved to all the doubters that he was the best producer on the West Coast. The entire album was practically a lesson on how to make beats, surpassing the likes of even the most talented producers Battlecat Daz and Dr Dre.
From beginning to middle to end, the whole album showcases Quik’s thoughtful lyrics, and also the fact that rappers don’t have to buy beats for them too be good.
4. ALL EYEZ ON ME – 2PAC
Pac’s fourth album, All Eyez on Me, was released in 1996 as the first of his records on Deathrow with Dr. Dre producing, and also as one of the first double albums in the rap genre.
The infinitely talented Tupac displays his unrivalled talent by covering seemingly every corner of life in his lyrics, including gangs, parties, and even a reflection on life itself. It seems appropriate that this album, which critics and fans alike called his best work, was the last 2Pac officially released before his death.
3. DEATH CERTIFICATE – ICE CUBE
The third studio outing from “the father of Gangsta rap” Ice Cube, Death Certificate to this day proves to be one of the best West Coast rap albums ever made. Remarkably, Cube strayed away from a constant topic of life as a gangsta, and instead boldly strayed into political grounds on songs like “Bird in the Hand”.
As if that wasn’t enough, the album also contains what is probably the most famous diss track ever, “No Vaseline.”
2. THE CHRONIC – DR. DRE
The Chronic dropped in 1992 as the first album Dre released after his departure from N.W.A, and was also the first ever album to be released on Deathrow records.
As well as this, the record can also be attributed to introducing Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage, Daz, and many others. A remarkable aspect in every sense, it proves not only Dre and Snoop’s lyrical talent, but also Dre’s skill as a rap beat maker.
1. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON – N.W.A
Considered the album that kickstarted West Coast rap music, from the most famous rap group of all time, there really was only space for this record at the number one. N.W.A consisted of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Mc Ren, a showcase of the West Coast’s finest talent on a true masterpiece of an album. Tracks like “Fuck Tha Police” and “Express Yourself” are known worldwide.
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