Gangster was initially created in the late 80’s, which had an edgy, noisy sound. Rappers spun profane, gritty tales about urban crime. Some of the rappers lyrics mirrored their lifestyle, such as C- Murder, and other times they were exaggerated stories. However, gangster rap became the most commercially successful form of hip-hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The new genre caused controversy, as conservative organizations tried to get rapper’s albums banned. The rapper(s) continued to make their music uncensored leading the path for the up and coming rappers known today.
10. Gucci Mane
In 2005, Gucci Mane released an indie album Trap House which featured “Icy”, a successful duet with rapper Young Jeezy. Unfortunately business between the two did not continue. In the same year Gucci Mane was charged with murder. Rumors say the victim was affiliated with Young Jeezy — the victim was found dead three days after the shooting near a middle school. Gucci man was released from jail in the same month of his murder case, which was dismissed due to insufficient evidence. It didnt end there, Gucci Mane has been in jail several times from disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and a series of traffic violation – the list goes on. In 2009, the Atlanta rapper was sentenced to 12 months in jail for violation of probation. Gucci mane said itwas a challenge, he was just happy his team kept his music going strong.
Seeing that you didnt have to be from the East of West Coast to make your mark in hip-hop, Webbie became serious about his rhymes he been playing with since the age of 5. The rapper was influenced at a young age by the thuggish street music of Master P, Eightball & MJG, UGK and Dirty South legends who spoke the same slang as Webbie. Before he got a driver’s license, Webbie was signed to Pimp C’s Trill Entertainment alongside of Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie. Early 2005, his solo tracks “Gimme Dat” and “Bad B***t” were appearing on mixtapes and behind the scenes, he worked out a deal with Warner Bros.
8. Lil Boosie
Rapper Lil Boosie grew up on the rough side of Baton Rouge, LA’s notorious neighborhood also known for drugs and gunplay. His breakthrough began when he joined Pimp C’s Trill Entertainment camp. His stardom came to the maximum when he and fellow Trill artist Webbie joined the major label Warner Bros. It was in his DVD The Bad Azz where Boosie featured interview footages explaining the drug-related death of his father and revealed his own battle with diabetes. 2010 he made Incarcerated, which was released by the rapper while serving time in prison. Lil Boosie is still currently in prison at Angola State Prison in Louisiana, where he earned his GED completing the course in prison. .
7. 2 Pac
2 Pac emerged as one of the definitive rappers of the 90′s. By 1994 2Pac was known as the most controversial figure in rap, spending the same time in prison as he did in the recording studio. He was found guilty in 1994 with sexually abusing a female, and a day after the verdict was shot by a pair of muggers in the lobby of a New York City recordings studio. Sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in 1995, 2Pac released his third album Me Against the World making him the first artist to enjoy a number one record while serving a prison sentence. At the time of his murder in September 1996, sources say there were indications that 2Pac was considering leaving Death Row and possibly rap overall. R.I.P
6. Soulja Slim
Magnolia to the bone, former No Limit Souldier rapper Soulja Slim made his solo debut in 1998 with “Give It 2 ‘Em Raw”. Was sent to prison for armed robbery and reappeared three years later with “Streets Made Me”. In 2003 he released “Years Later”, not knowing it would be his last song he was going to make. Only at 26, the New Orleans rapper was shot to death in fron of his home on November 26, 2003. R.I.P
5. Pimp C
Born Chad Butles, Pimp C helped put hardcore Houston, TX hip-hop on the map. The rapper was put on pause with an eight year sentence in prison for ignoring a community service sentence from an earlier aggravated gun assault charge. Released from prison, fans got a true Pimp C solo album in the summer of 2006 with Pimpalation. Tragically, December of 2007 the rapper was found dead in his hotel room in West Hollywood from an overdose of promethazine and codeine — also considered as “purple drank”. His unfinished album before his death, The Nakes Sould of Sweet Jones, was completed by Rap-A-Lot president J. Prince and Pimp’s wife Chanara Butler for a release in 2010. R.I.P
4. Eazy E
Member of N.W.A, a solo act, or maybe even a label head — Eazy E was one of the most controversial figures in gangster rap. Although his technical skills as a rapper weren’t the greatest, his distinctive delivery, over-the-top lyrics and undeniable charism made him a hip-hop legend. Unfortunatedly Eazy E was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995, and died shortly after. R.I.P
3. Ice Cube
Ice Cube was the first member of the Californina rap group N.W.A. When he left, he quickly establisted himself as one of hip-hop’s best and most controversial artists. His rythmic skills were praised, but his lyrics were often criticized due to the often violent, homphobic, and misogynist words he used — mainly by the rock press and moral watchdogs. Even through all the critics, his album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted was an instant hit, going gold within its first two weeks of release. The album was hailed as a groundbreaking classic within hip-hop and established Cube as an individual force
2. C Murder
“I spit that gangster rap, forget that hip-hop”
C-Murder is the younger brother of Master P and founder and president of No Limit Records. He is a rapper who was known as living his name and his lyrics. In March 2006, C Murder was released from a life sentence on a $500,000 bond.
Check out the video below, C Murder tells you why he’s a Top 10 Gangster Rapper.
Scarface quickly became the South’s most admired rapper. Even though he never had any national hits or stormed up the charts, no one could question his clout throughout the 90s. Besides serving as the father of Southern thug rap, it seemed like every hardcore rapper wanted to align themselves with Scarface. Everyone from Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, 2Pac and Master P collaborated with the former Geto Boy. It wasn’t until 2000, when the great rapper won admiration from the rap community with Last of a Dying Breed. Resulting Lyricist of the Year at the 2001 Source Awards and was offered a promising deal with Def Jam Records.