For the 20th anniversary of his debut album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, West Coast veteran Ice Cube is putting out a strong reminder to those who might have forgotten about his legacy with his defiantly-titled ninth studio LP, I Am the West, which drops today (September 28). On the independently distributed project, Cube linked up with producer, and frequent collaborator during the early ’90′s, Sir Jinx for the first time in nearly two decades to give the LP a little of that old-school West feel. Its lead single, “I Am the West,” is most representative of that. XXLMag.com decided to get up with the Cali gatekeeper to compile Cube’s definitive list of the top 10 greatest West Coast raps songs of all time.
2Pac feat. Dr. Dre “California Love” (1995)
An out on bail, fresh out of jail Pac announced his arrival with this bombastic comeback single, which ultimately became one of the California’s most popular anthems.
N.W.A “Fuck tha Police” (1988)
With lines like, “I’m a sniper with a hell of a scope/Taking out a cop or two, they can’t cope/With me,” it’s no wonder that N.W.A came under scrutiny by the United States government. But it was this angst, or “attitude,” that changed the face of rap music and created one it’s most famous sub-genres—gangsta rap.