I have been thinking and speaking alot in defense of gangster rap of late. its surprising to me too. but as i have become a big fan of crooked i who speaks himself on a lot on gangster rap, i have a new understanding of what gangster rap is all about. some would say that west coast gangster rap killed the industry, but at the same time those people hold east coast gangster rap to a double standard and say its different. it is different, but they're both the same and there cant be any finger pointing when it comes to this kind of music unless you are familiar with all of it. for the next week i'm going to put you up on the best of west coast gangster rap and you tell me if you can still say this music killed the industry.
Tupac Shakur - Thug Mansions (Feat. Nas)
it's not all killing and murder rap. just like the east coast hip hop, there's some introspect and hope thrown in with all the other ridiculous stuff. but the truth being told, Californians like to party. that's true. but honestly, the industry killed the industry. if you're looking for real artists that actually want to do hip hop they're out here out here on the west. if you're looking for fake-ass big money ballers, that's back east mostly.
Crooked I Hip Hop Weekly Week 52 - The Finale w/DJ Skee