Best East Coast MCs

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The greatest rappers and Hip hop artists from the East Coast

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1Biggie SmallsChristopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

Nas only had 1 album, 1 amazing album, BIG was one of the best with 1 album and was everyone's top 3, 2, or 1 (for me it's 1) after 2 albums Nas has had many more albums and is only on everybody's top 5, 4, 3, or rarely 2 because he couldn't do anynore great songs. Also if we're talking East Coast if there was no BIG there would be no East Coast he was the main rapper for the East Coast and gave hope to the East Coast by himself and onlybhad made 1 album yet, for the West it was fueled by a group (NWA) so basically BIG paved the way for Nas cause I don't know if he would have the balls to fuel the East by himself, but BIG had the balls to do it and did. - chocodilesforlife

Nas abound be right behind biggie smalls. Nas is the best rapper alive but biggie was the best rapper ever! He is better than nas if you ask me. Biggie smalls had only recorded 2 albums but had sold over 30 million to this day. He truly is the greatest east coast rapper ever. The king of New York!

Nothing needs to be said nas is the best rapper alive but if biggie was still here he would top the list. 2 albums totally changed hip hop put the east coat back on the map GOAT say no more.

They say Pac and Nas were the next Rakim, that maybe so, but in terms of taking rap to the next level, I'd say either Biggie or Em were the lasts to carry that torch - Jizzi

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2NasNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time . He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

Nas should be number 1, Biggies a great MC but Nas had the best rap album in the genres history, so in my opinion Nas should be number 1

Illmatic best rap album ever written. Nas lyrics are strictly for real hood residents who know and experience about the lifestyle of the poor and dangerous

one of the best rappers the east coast has ever seen

Nas is number 1, so good...

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3Rakim

The best east coast rapper period

He can't really be called an east coast MC, since his style gave birth to all the influential guys's. Name a rapper who debuted after Paid In Full, and the were influenced be the R.

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4Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Jay Z has undoubtedly one of the best discographies of any hip hop artist to live. Very versatile as well with very good subject matter. Jay Z has remained relevant for many years. And for anyone to think he's not a good lyricist, it's because at first glimpse it is hard to understand where he is coming from due to the complexity of his rhymes. Takeover is a very under looked diss track. Nas did his thing in ether. But takeover was a great diss dissing prodigy and Nas. Jay Flows differently in almost every album and hits different subjects as far when most artist just stick to their own styles. I believe Jay Nas Biggie Jadakiss and Big L should be the top 5 in any particular order.

Jay fell off, his first few albums are dope though. When it comes to lyrical content, and flow, he might be number 8 or 9, in my opinion.

How do you put nas rakim AND biggie a head of jay z listen to all jay zs album come back then rate jay z

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550 CentCurtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, record, film, and television producer.

HE single handedly changed hiphop for my generation (2000s) since biggie and pac everyone relied on ice cub, nas, dre, jay z, eminem BUT when 50cent came hiphop changed FOREVER if you listen to some of his proper lyrics E.G. they Burn Me, How To Rob etc even eminem couldn't come up with that. For me 50cent has to be at the 3rd spot after nas and biggie if you disagree your absolutely CRAZY and if your still not convinced listen to him when he was underground. If this was an all time list he would be 5th nas4th ice-cube3rd biggie2nd tupac1st

50 Cent is the best rapper. He should be in third place after Biggie and Nas. His beast, music and lyrics are dope as and he has changed rap for ever. When I listen to his songs and lyrics I get a shiver up my spine as I do when I listen to Biggie and Nas. Those three are the best.

50 is not my favorite rapper. Honestly in my humble opinion the only good thing about 50 is the good beats from Storch, Dre

Best East Coast Rapper Ever!

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6Big LLamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.

Big L should be higher, he had a mastery of the English language with all his metaphors

Just because he died early in his life, cutting shot his rapping career don't mean he should be up higher. He is also one of NYC's finest. Lyrics mean something and the beast are dope as. Should be higher.

He's one raw ass mc, Even nas said he was scared to compete with l

You people are fools Big-L is the real MVP.. Why is he not number one? You obviously don't listen to him.

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7Joey BadassJo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, better known by his stage name Joey Badass, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor.

For his age, Joey Bada$$ will probably be an icon

Best at his age. Reminds me of Biggie.

Joey is on his way to being a legend in the game but I'm still surprised logic and A$AP Rocky are still so low

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8Big PunChristopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.

Lyricism that I'd almost say reaches EMINEM's level. Surpasses Nas and Biggie lyrically.

50 Cents over Pun? This list is a joke! Pun is the most underrated Rapper of all times.

Most underrated rapper ever. FACT.

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9Immortal TechniqueFelipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru.

This is the most intense violent badass harshest most dangerous rapper he'll kill you with his words he makes ever the hardest rappers look like a 6th grader smoking grass its that dope he will drop any other rapper its that nasty man its crazy and he raps about real not scummy money and hoes he talking bout life he's like me biggest roll model sickest shit he makes a aids infected child molester look like a innocent child its that harsh that hard you know?

Definitely one of the best rappers alive. He deals with real problems not only in America but all over the world. His beats aren't the best but his lyrics are just pure fire. Definite lyrical prodigy and he gives great history references and amazing story teller. He is also one of the realest rappers in the game. One of Harlem's finest.

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The Contenders

11Big Daddy Kane

Come on number 12, he was the best of the eighties.

13Capital Steez

Capital Steez NUMBER 13! Capital Steez is one of the Greatest to stand 10 feet or even father to a mic. He is bettrer than Jay Z Joey. He is top 3. He lyrics are way over peoples heads. That's why some people underate him. But Real Hip Hop Heads know what I'm saying. Never Put Capital Steez all the way down here. He is like Number 3 or even 2. Listen to the Lyricism he puts in his songs. It is up to par with people like Biggie and Nas. He just writes them in a different way. He paints a different kind of picture in Rap. Don't tell me I'm wrong.

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15Guru

Moment of truth, daily operation, hard to earn, no more mr nice guy, step in the arena. He should be top 3. Period

Why is guru not in the top three his lyrics were the best ever and his delivery was effortless.R.I.P

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17DMX

A true ledgend despite the fall off due to trouble with the law & drugs. Dmx is one of the best towards album sales. With multi albums hitting the #1 on the billboard.

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18Meechy Darko

I am redisgning the mind of the masses the fear of black man with tattoos and bandanas

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19A$AP RockyRakim Mayers, better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York.

This guy and Kendrick Lamar are the only mainstream rappers of today who have any talent.

Dude has lyrical talent unlike most of the mainstream rappers now

Him, Kendrick and Kanye are best rappers of the 21st century period.

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