Hip hop may have started in the Bronx, but Los Angeles has been an integral part of the growth of the music and culture for decades. There have been some ebbs and flows, but it's safe to say that L.A. and its artists are putting out some of the hottest music today with ScHoolBoy Q and Kid Ink having already released debuts this year, and YG's due next week (March 18). These young guns are simply carrying on a long tradition of L.A. rappers who have delivered memorable debuts. Here are 20 that everyone should have.
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