The West Coast gangsta-rap sound of the early '90s is more responsible for rap's current chart domination than any of hip-hop's other variants. Credit Dr. Dre, whose g-funk style still sounds futuristic, but Dre's just part of the picture. More important, gangsta rap, with its tales of drive-bys and high (if lowdown) adventure thrilled suburban white youth who were getting a little tired of being bummed out by Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails. Those kids who loved to imagine themselves as gangstas as they bumped Eazy-E and Ice Cube are the same twentysomethings who are... More >>>