Incorporated in 1888, the city of Compton (pop. 96,455) has produced a notable volume of hip hop visionaries since the genre’s rise in the 1980s.
So many that the rapper known as Problem has long believed Rosecrans Avenue needs a walk of fame to highlight the city’s many achievements.
Asked who would be on that list, he thought for a second. “Man, music-wise you can go, Dr. Dre, Kendrick [Lamar], Eazy-E, MC Eiht, DJ Quik, MC Ren — that’s just the era I know.” After moving to actors, athletes and politicians, he paused. “Myself,” he added, laughing. “I want to be on it!”
Below, ten rap artists whose names deserve to be permanently written in...