West Coast Rappers: Then and Now

Don't miss Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice" on 106!

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Kendrick Lamar & Tupac - Kendrick Lamar is a breath of fresh air to rap. His lyrics have a deeper meaning, they're well thought out, and backed by passion. Reminds us of one of the greatest to ever do it, Tupac.Tonight Kendrick has given 106 & Park the exclusive World Premiere of his smash single "Poetic Justice" featuring Drizzy Drake. Tune in at 6P/5C to catch the hot new video only on 106!(Photos: Roger Kisby/Getty Images; Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Game & E-40 - Groups are cool, but it's always impressive when a rapper can hold his own against the odds like The Game and E-40.(Photos from left:  Jemal Countess/Getty Images, Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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The Game & E-40 - Groups are cool, but it's always impressive when a rapper can hold his own against the odds like The Game and E-40.(Photos from left:  Jemal Countess/Getty Images, Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Tyga & Snoop Dogg - If Snoop Dogg had a musical godson, he would be Tyga. Both rappers have that Cali swag that's hard to duplicate, sick lyrical flow and success a billion times over!(Photos: John Ricard/BET; Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Tyga & Snoop Dogg - If Snoop Dogg had a musical godson, he would be Tyga. Both rappers have that Cali swag that's hard to duplicate, sick lyrical flow and success a billion times over!(Photos: John Ricard/BET; Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Cali Swag District & Digital Underground - It's 2012 and Cali Swag District is poppin', but they must realize that without the hot music and moves of Digital Underground.(Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc/Getty Images)

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Cali Swag District & Digital Underground - It's 2012 and Cali Swag District is poppin', but they must realize that without the hot music and moves of Digital Underground.(Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc/Getty Images)

The Rej3ctz & Def Jef - The Rej3ctz show how they take hip hop to new levels like Def Jef did at the height of his career. Def Jef was a '90s Cali rapper with New York swag and clearly an inspiration to the Rej3ctz!(Photos: Valerie Macon/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

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The Rej3ctz & Def Jef - The Rej3ctz show how they take hip hop to new levels like Def Jef did at the height of his career. Def Jef was a '90s Cali rapper with New York swag and clearly an inspiration to the Rej3ctz!(Photos: Valerie Macon/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

The Ranger$ - There is power in numbers and bonding with your brothers in music, just as the Ranger$ and the Pharcyde.(Photos: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup; Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)

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The Ranger$ - There is power in numbers and bonding with your brothers in music, just as the Ranger$ and the Pharcyde.(Photos: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup; Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)

Young Sam & Young M.C. - Before having "Young" in your rap name was hot like Young Sam, innovative and legendary emcees like Young M.C. existed. Talk about borrowing from the past and bringing it to the present.(Photos: Blue Diamond; Michael Grecco/Getty Images)

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Young Sam & Young M.C. - Before having "Young" in your rap name was hot like Young Sam, innovative and legendary emcees like Young M.C. existed. Talk about borrowing from the past and bringing it to the present.(Photos: Blue Diamond; Michael Grecco/Getty Images)

The New Boyz & J.J. Fad - The New Boyz and J.J. Fad have two things in common: they have two of the most memorable Cali dance tracks ever and their music video dance routines are classic! (Photos: Brad Barket/PictureGroup; Uncle Louie Music Group)

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The New Boyz & J.J. Fad - The New Boyz and J.J. Fad have two things in common: they have two of the most memorable Cali dance tracks ever and their music video dance routines are classic! (Photos: Brad Barket/PictureGroup; Uncle Louie Music Group)

Lil B & Coolio - Lil B and Coolio rep Cali to the fullest, push boundaries, but most important, they most make good music. West Coast all day, every day!(Photos: Scott Gries/PictureGroup; Dalle/Monfourny/Landov)

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Lil B & Coolio - Lil B and Coolio rep Cali to the fullest, push boundaries, but most important, they most make good music. West Coast all day, every day!(Photos: Scott Gries/PictureGroup; Dalle/Monfourny/Landov)

Dom Kennedy & Too Short - Too Short is still moving records and blowing the whistle and Dom Kennedy is spreading his Cali love from coast to coast. Gotta love West Coast swag!(Photos: Solomon Scott/BET; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Dom Kennedy performing in Atlanta. September 29, 2011 (Photo: Solomon Scott / BET) UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Too Short (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)?

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Dom Kennedy & Too Short - Too Short is still moving records and blowing the whistle and Dom Kennedy is spreading his Cali love from coast to coast. Gotta love West Coast swag!(Photos: Solomon Scott/BET; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Dom Kennedy performing in Atlanta. September 29, 2011 (Photo: Solomon Scott / BET) UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Too Short (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)�