Though the album was controversial at the time of its release, it is now considered a rap classic and another landmark moment in the birth of the gangsta rap movement which would so influence hip hop in the 1990s and beyond.
Featuring another rap legend, Pete Rock, The World Is Yours is smart, challenging, and like 2Pac, an example of mixing the gritty realism of gangsta rap with lyrics that wouldn't be out of place in a literary textbook.
As a forerunner of the most violent type of "gangsta" rap, Christopher Wallace, who first became known as Biggie Smalls, then as Notorious B.I.G., became a symbol of the genre.
Rockstar has released another addition to the GTA series and this time you're taking it to the mean gangsta streets in places that resemble L.A., Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
What Was Hot: With the growing popularity of gangsta rap, many West Coast hip hop fashion icons adopted gang-related colors, such as red (Bloods) and Crip (Blue).
Although Daz's album So So Gangsta was released later in 2006, "Daz Thang" was not included on the release, making the single even more highly sought-after.
Dogg soon became the poster child for gangsta rap, with critics holding up his lyrics as evidence of the violent, misogynistic nature of the industry.
N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton album is one of rap's quintessential albums, marking the beginning the West Coast sound and gangsta rap.
Not long after the release of this song, gangsta rap overtook mainstream hip hop while political hip hop largely moved underground.
Lloyd Banks: The rapper has "Rotten Apple" inked across his shoulder blades as part of a gangsta mural tribute to New York City.