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West Coast rap is a style of music that emerged in California in 1979. It has since grown into a sub-genre of hip-hop and has developed several creative centers, most of which are communities in California. Pioneers of the genre include Disco Daddy and Captain Rapp, however the west coast would receive more notoriety in the mid-eighties, when Ice T and especially N.W.A, ignited gangsta rap. N.W.A’s controversial debut album even prompted a letter from the FBI. It dominated the hip-hop air waves in the early and mid-1990s, along with g-funk. Some consider the release of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic to be the peak of west coast rap.
The cultural nexus of West Coast hip hop is usually considered to be the greater Los Angeles area, but it can also include the Inland Empire, the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, and even Denver.