hip hop artists The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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List Rules 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.

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death Born Again

The Best West Coast Rappers The Best Denzel Washington Movies

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Nas Illmatic, Life Is Good Untitled Nas album

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Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever 8 Diagrams

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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Rakim The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live Lost & Found

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Jay-Z Watch the Throne, The Black Album Reasonable Doubt

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DMX is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood

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Method Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Method Man Tical, 4:21... The Day After The Riddler

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Busta Rhymes When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang The Coming

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Run–D.M.C. Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C. King of Rock

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Mobb Deep The Infamous, Blood Money The Infamous Mobb Deep

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap Criminal Minded

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre Street King Immortal

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

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Ghostface Killah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Ghostface Killah Ironman, Supreme Clientele Fishscale

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Raekwon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II Immobilarity

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)

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J. Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
J. Cole Born Sinner, The Warm Up Friday Night Lights

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation Moment of Truth

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
LL Cool J Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out Mr. Smith

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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby Endangered Species

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic The New Danger

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing Daddy's Home

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
GZA Liquid Swords, Grandmasters Pro Tools

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Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling The Ruler's Back

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Redman Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album Doc's da Name 2000

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RZA is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
RZA RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince Digital Bullet

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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em Don’t Sweat the Technique

The Best Underground Rappers The Best Qualities in a Friend with Benefits

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary Volume 1

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us Bacdafucup

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Joey Badass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Joey Badass Summer Knights, 1999 Big Dusty

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Kool G Rap Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive Live and Let Die

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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead Buhloone Mindstate

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Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Method Man and Redman Blackout!, How High Blackout! 2

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Jadakiss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Jadakiss The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death Kiss tha Game Goodbye

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation The Beautiful Struggle

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Q-Tip The Renaissance, Amplified Kamaal/The Abstract

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill Check Your Head

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Inspectah Deck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Inspectah Deck Uncontrolled Substance, The Resident Patient The Movement

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Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Das EFX Hold It Down, Dead Serious How We Do

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Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev Heavy

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Fabolous is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Fabolous From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2 Street Dreams

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A$AP Rocky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
A$AP Rocky At. Long. Last. A$AP, Long. Live. A$AP

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M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
M.O.P. Firing Squad, Warriorz 10 Years and Gunnin' (Greatest Hits)

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Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Smif-n-Wessun Dah Shinin', Smif 'n' Wessun: Reloaded Smif-n-Wessun: The Album

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Guru is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Guru Jazzmatazz, Volume 1 Guru's Jazzmatazz

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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Beanie Sigel The Reason, The B. Coming The Truth

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Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
Naughty by Nature Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury, Anthem Inc. Poverty's Paradise

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time
R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die Legendary Classics