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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.

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again

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    Illmatic, Life Is Good, Untitled Nas album

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    Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Forever, 8 Diagrams

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    It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

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    Tical, 4:21... The Day After, The Riddler

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    The 18th Letter, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found

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    The Infamous, Blood Money, The Infamous Mobb Deep

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    Watch the Throne, The Black Album, Reasonable Doubt

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    When Disaster Strikes…, The Big Bang, The Coming

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    It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, ...

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    Raising Hell, Run-D.M.C., King of Rock

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin', Get Rich or Die Tryin' / The Massacre, Street King ...

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    Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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    Radio, Mama Said Knock You Out, Mr. Smith

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    The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the ...

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    Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Instrumentals, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II, ...

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    Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations ...

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    Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

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    The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and ...

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    Long Live the Kane, It's a Big Daddy Thing, Daddy's Home

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    Paid in Full, Let the Rhythm Hit ’em, Don’t Sweat the Technique

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    Blackout!, How High, Blackout! 2

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    RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Birth of a Prince, Digital Bullet

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    Ironman, Supreme Clientele, Fishscale

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    Road to the Riches, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Live and Let Die

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    The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, The Art of Storytelling, The Ruler's ...

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    Born Sinner, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights

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    The Last Kiss, Kiss of Death, Kiss tha Game Goodbye

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    Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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    Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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    3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

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    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury, Anthem Inc., Poverty's Paradise

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    The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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    Liquid Swords, Grandmasters, Pro Tools

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    Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species

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    At. Long. Last. A$AP, Long. Live. A$AP

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    From Nothin' to Somethin', The S.O.U.L. Tape 2, Street Dreams

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    Firing Squad, Warriorz, 10 Years and Gunnin' (Greatest Hits)

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    My Own Worst Enemy, Center of Attention, Soul Survivor

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    We Are the Streets, Money, Power & Respect

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    Muddy Waters, Whut? Thee Album, Doc's da Name 2000

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    Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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    The Naked Truth, Hard Core, The Notorious KIM

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    Strictly Business, Business Never Personal, Unfinished Business

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    Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Eve-Olution, Scorpion

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    H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2

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    Criminal Minded, By All Means Necessary, Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of ...

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    The Reason, The B. Coming, The Truth

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    Uncontrolled Substance, The Resident Patient, The Movement

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