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Gangsta rap
Stylistic originsHip hop
Cultural originsMid 1980s, United States
Typical instrumentsDrum machine, beatboxing, vocals
Mainstream popularityMid-1990s to early-2000s, peaked in late 1990s.
Derivative formsMafioso rap, Dirty rap, Horrorcore
Mafioso rap
Regional scenes
West Coast hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Southern hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Chicano rap
Other topics

Gangsta rap (also called Gangster rap, Gansta rap, G rap Gangsta hip hop) is a subgenre of hip hop that reflects the violent lifestyles of some inner-city youths. Gangsta is a non-rhotic pronunciation of the word gangster. The genre was pioneered in the mid 1980s by rappers such as Afroman and Ice Cube, and was popularized in the later part of the 1980s by groups like N.W.A. After the national attention that Ice-T and N.W.A created in the late 1980s and early 1990s, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop.

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