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The Ten Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

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10) "Practice Looking Hard"
E-40 

E-40 is arguably the most underrated rapper in history. In fact, there's not even really an argument.

"Practice Looking Hard" is a good testament as to why he deserves better. The ominous tone and the faded tint are cool, as is the fact that E-40 is chilling with Boots Reily of the Coup, and, um, Tupac.

9) "Keep Their Heads Ringing"
Dr. Dre

We've seen house parties and block parties, but leave it to Dr. Dre to take things to the next level with a plane party.

This is probably not the kind of thing we can ever expect to see again, post 9/11.

8) "Damn It Feels Good to Be A Gangsta"
Geto Boys 

Just about everything here works, except for one thing:

We do not necessarily suggest rapping on the stand as the best way to defend yourself in court.

7) "We Want Eazy"
Eazy E

Live via satellite from prison comes one of the most memorable visuals of the gangsta rap video era. If you look carefully, Eazy's real life Crip compadre Joe D makes an appearance, lifting up the jail blanket to reveal the "hook-up." (Is that a fax machine?)

"We Want Eazy" is funny, it's silly, it's got a populist tone and it's still kinda freaky. Everything that made Eazy great, in a nutshell.

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Chaz Kangas