The Greatest Pre-NWA West Coast Rap Tracks

Full disclosure: I contributed to this list, and while I have my quibbles with it — “NBA Rap”? Nah — I think it’s a fairly good primer on early West Coast rap. That scene is all the rage thanks to the overhyped Straight Outta Compton movie, and viewers who enjoyed that biopic will find more avenues to explore here. At the very least, it’s a good excuse to revisit Rodney O & DJ Joe Cooley’s “Everlasting Bass.” — Mosi Reeves