Hip-hop famously began on the east coast in the Bronx, but that doesn’t mean the west coast didn’t make incredible contributions, establishing its own unique voice in the rap scene. There are, of course, the big names that everyone knows, like N.W.A., and Tupac. But there were tons of artists who made giant impacts on the art form.

So, who are the top 5 of all time? Ed Lover says he knows who number one is, and though his pick might surprise you, he can back it up. Click on the audio player above, and part two and three below, to hear more in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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