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Five Gangsta Rap Trends We Hope Come Back

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Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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It's Schoolboy Q day! As we noted in our profile of his producer Gwen Bunn, the rapper's Oxymoron debuted at number one last week.

Along with being Kendrick Lamar's crewmate in their Black Hippy crew, Q is perhaps best known as a gangsta rap revivalist. He's said he thinks gangsta rap has fallen off the map, and he's looking to fill the gap. 

Sounds great! We at the Weekly are strongly pro-gangsta. Here are five genre trends from the '90s we hope Q brings back with him.

News Stories About the Genre's Evils

Chances are, growing up, your parents say an ill-informed news special or twelve about how gangsta rap is killing our kids. The upside? These reports often brought our favorite rappers on TV as well as great samples. 

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Real Confusing Album Art
We love the gritty, disturbing storytelling on gangsta rap records.

But their album art, particularly in the '90s, is often disturbing in a whole different way. 

What exactly is Ganksta Nip trying to say with the cover of Psychic Thoughts (Are What I Conceive?) 

Also, one wonders who drew their gun first on the cover of Scarface's debut?

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