The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time Bands/Musicians
1Vote List
tags 15,808 votes 1,916 voters 344,130 views 107 items f p @

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

List Criteria: Rappers and hip hop artists who were based on the East Coast during the active years of their careers

East Coast rap originated in New York City during the 70s and established the city (and the Bronx more specifically) as a cradle for musical innovation. Since then, East Coast hip hop has only become more popular and has expanded outside of New York to include Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and other outposts. The so-called Golden Age of Rap saw a resurgence in East Coast hip hop during the early-90s where some of the best East Coast rappers of all time take over rap both critically and commercially. East Coast hip hop spans multiple generations and with its roots at the genre's earliest days, is one of the most important subgenres of rap music.

That said, who are the best East Coast rappers? Any list of East Coast hip hop artists has to include the likes of Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Public Enemy, Gang Starr and Notorious B.I.G. These are widely recognized regarded as the best East Coast rappers and with good reason. Their slick rhymes, catchy beats and lyrics that range from party anthems to serious conscious rap. No matter whether you like East Coast rap or West Coast rap, the one thing you can't deny is the amount of respect than many in hip hop have for East Coast rappers.

So, it's up to you to determine who are the best East Coast rappers. If you notice a rapper isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best East Coast hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest East Coast hip hop musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular east coast hip hop bands that you might've heard of. (107 items)
  • 2 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
L The List
Z
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 907
    - 125
    ) open buy @ amazon
  2. 2
    + 698
    - 110

    Queensbridge, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  3. 3
    + 575
    - 93

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  4. 4
    + 316
    - 69

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  5. 5
    + 329
    - 85

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  6. 6
    + 430
    - 130

    Yonkers, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  7. 7
    + 331
    - 90

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  8. 8
    + 374
    - 110

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  9. 9
    + 265
    - 74

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  10. 10
    + 286
    - 89

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  11. 11
    + 236
    - 64

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  12. 12
    + 444
    - 178

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  13. 13
    + 241
    - 73

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  14. 14
    + 205
    - 57

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  15. 15
    + 195
    - 58

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  16. 16
    + 206
    - 71

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  17. 17
    + 162
    - 47

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  18. 18
    + 219
    - 88

    Hollis, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  19. 19
    + 194
    - 74

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  20. 20
    + 97
    - 17

    added by GabrielDylanArteaga New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  21. 21
    + 175
    - 67

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  22. 22
    + 132
    - 53

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  23. 23
    + 136
    - 56

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  24. 24
    + 170
    - 82

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  25. 25
    + 146
    - 65

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  26. 26
    + 130
    - 56

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  27. 27
    + 141
    - 67

    Yonkers, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  28. 28
    + 117
    - 59

    Harlem, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  29. 29
    + 106
    - 55

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  30. 30
    + 107
    - 56

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  31. 31
    + 111
    - 61

    Harlem, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  32. 32
    + 97
    - 50

    East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  33. 33
    + 142
    - 92

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  34. 34
    + 93
    - 50

    Brownsville, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  35. 35
    + 93
    - 53

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  36. 36
    + 79
    - 43

    Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  37. 37
    + 107
    - 69

    West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    ) open buy @ amazon
  38. 38
    + 75
    - 43

    South Bronx, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  39. 39
    + 56
    - 26

    added by azazelbadazz South Philadelphia, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  40. 40
    + 77
    - 47

    Yonkers, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  41. 41
    + 55
    - 29

    Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  42. 42
    + 107
    - 83

    Wynnefield, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    ) open buy @ amazon
  43. 43
    + 78
    - 59

    East Harlem, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
  44. 44
    + 73
    - 54

    West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    ) open buy @ amazon
  45. 45
    + 61
    - 42

    Long Island, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  46. 46
    + 85
    - 67

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  47. 47
    + 49
    - 30

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  48. 48
    + 62
    - 44

    New York City, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  49. 49
    + 69
    - 52

    Yonkers, New York, United States of America

    ) open buy @ amazon
  50. 50
    + 50
    - 34

    Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York

    ) open buy @ amazon
108 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists