Though Ice T, Too Short and N.W.A. first put West Coast hip hop on the map, The Chronic was a geographic game-changer. For the next several years, Cali rap wasn’t just in the building anymore—it owned it. Snoop Dogg and Tupac broke through soon after, and artists from all over, including Da Brat and Redman, showed a heavy West Coast influence.
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