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The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

Updated May 12, 2021 157.2k votes 23.6k voters 855.0k views165 items

List RulesRappers 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. 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.

  • 1

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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  • 2

    Formed in Staten Island, New York

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  • 3

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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  • 4

    Formed in Queens, New York

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  • 5

    Formed in Queens, New York

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    Formed in Long Island, New York

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  • 7

    Born and raised in Queens, New York

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    Born and raised in Harlem, New York

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  • 9

    Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey

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  • 10

    Born and raised in Hempstead, New York

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    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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    Born in Brooklyn, New York; raised in Staten Island, New York

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    Born and raised in Wyandanch, New York

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  • 14

    Born and raised in South Bronx, New York

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  • 15

    Formed in Boston, Massachusetts

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    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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    Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina

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    Born and raised in Harlem, New York

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    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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  • 21

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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  • 22

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York

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  • 23

    Born and raised in the Bronx, New York

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    Born and raised in Staten Island, New York

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    Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York

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