If punk became more extreme with “hardcore”, the same thing happened to hip-hop with “Gangsta Rap”. Iconic performers such as Biggie Smalls (The Notorious BIG) or Tupac are still regarded of some of the most influential rap artists of all time, and their violent lyrics and highly explosive sound still shocks and entertains listeners. The gangsta rapper culture started in two of the most music-orientated cities in the United States, namely New York City and Los Angeles, California. The former was the home of the East Coast, where artists like Biggie, Wu Tang Clan, Erik B or A Tribe Called Quest were redefining the way people think of hip-hop, with lyrically charged songs and gritty production aesthetics. On the other hand, LA was giving birth to the west coast scene, which was more melodic and colorful, but never less aggressive. Want proof? Just check out some N.W.A. and their subversive songs against the police, just to get a little bit of a vibe. This is the perfect mixtape to give as a gift to any rap fan or even, to someone who needs a long-overdue introduction to the awesomeness of gangsta rap. It is about time to get pumped with this playlist!