Top 10 Best East Coast Hip Hop Songs of All Time

Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best East Coast Hip Hop songs of all time 2017, Rap music (in the 1990’s specifically) was separated heavily by which coast a rapper was representing. The East Coast rappers and the West Coast rappers were locked in a tight battle for dominance, each side having numerous talented hip hop artists that made it impossible for the average rap listener to decide. Setting aside the dominant West Coast rap artists like Dr. Dre, 2Pac and Snoop Dogg, this list is going to focus on the artists that kept the East Coast relevant and very much in the war of being the best.

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Here we present the list of top 10 best East Coast Hip Hop songs of all time 2017.

10. “Woo Hah! Got You All In Check” – Busta Rhymes – The Coming (1996)

Busta Rhymes kicks off this list, as his successes as an East Coast rapper could not be denied. While the artist was widely successful throughout his career, his most famous and memorable song was almost campy in nature. “Woo Ha! Got You All In Check” was a declaration about how Busta felt he was a “darkhorse” in the rap game and he wasn’t being respected quite like he should be, but that soon the world would see his abilities and by then it would be too late.

9. “Ruff Ryders Anthem” – DMX – It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)

DMX has always presented himself as one of the hardest rappers that have ever lived. Throughout all of his albums, the rapper discusses at great length the struggles of walking away from the streets to having to “do what he’s got to do” when it comes to being disrespected or cheated. The Ruff Ryders were a crew of rappers led by the iconic DMX, and this song would be one of the most widely recognized tracks from the artist in his lengthy career. While the song “Party Up” and “X Gon Give It To Ya” would be far more successful tracks in terms of lasting successes, the “Ruff Ryder Anthem” from It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot better represents the style and attitude of East Coast Rap music at the time this song was originally released.

8. “In Da Club” – 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

50 Cent is an artist that was discovered and brought up through Eminem’s rap label Aftermath. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was one of the most successful hip hop albums of the early 2000s, featuring numerous hit singles and introducing the world to someone who really personified the streets. “In Da Club” became an instant success, and still receives regular circulation throughout radio stations across the globe and obviously, in the clubs.

7. “99 Problems” – Jay-Z – The Black Album (2003)

Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers to have ever graced the Eastern United States. If you don’t believe this list, just refer to his own lyrics “the greatest rapper alive, ni**a ask about me”. At least even Jay-Z can’t say that he is as good as who sits in the number one spot of the East Coast rappers, but that’s for later on. The worldwide hit “99 Problems” details the struggles that Jay-Z had coming up to where he is, from unfair treatment by the police to people he is around that just won’t keep their mouth shut. The Black Album was a crowning achievement for the accomplished rapper, who had already experienced great successes through earlier albums, and continues to top charts with sporadic singles to this day.

6. “The Message” – NAS – It Was Written (1996)

Fitting that NAS and Jay-Z should share such a close placement on the list of best rappers from the East Coast. For many years the two were locked into a battle for New York’s greatest rapper, which at times seemed to be as extreme as the beef that would take the lives of feuding rappers Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.) and Tupac Shakur (2Pac). “The Message” was a direct reflection of NAS’s life on the streets and the world that was around him. It mirrored much of the same lyrical content that filled up albums for West Coast rappers, showing that at least there was something they could find common ground with.

5. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

While LL Cool J was never deemed one of the greatest rappers of all time, his placement in the rap scene in the early 1990s could not be denied. While he has since set down the microphone for being in front of the camera for hit television programming, the one-time rapper wrote one of the biggest East Coast rap anthems of all time. “Mama Said Knock You Out” off of that same titled album is a song about rising above the rest and taking what’s yours. The fact that it had a simple, catchy chorus for everyone to nod along to was just an added bonus.

4. “C.R.E.A.M.” – Wu Tang Clan – Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) [1993]

The Wu-Tang Clan was a rapper supergroup that would later spawn some of the best individual rap artists that the hip hop scene would experience. The successes as the group, however, mimicked closely the successes of N.W.A. While the rap team would not be as openly defiant as the West Coast equivalent, Wu-Tang delivers with “C.R.E.A.M.”. The song shares the struggles of the two rappers in the track’s verses worrying about how to stay making money to live without being locked up in the process.

3. “Fight The Power” – Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

Public Enemy was another rap group that was popular during the early 1990s. The group was most known for anthems about standing up for yourself against the tyrannical powers that be in the country. The most widely successful single from the group would be “Fight The Power”, which title clearly delivers the overall message of the track. The song talks about the corruption of the country, the police and the justice system. But for the black community to rise and be prosperous, they were going to have to rise up and fight for their place in the order.

2 “Lose Yourself” – Eminem – 8 Mile Soundtrack (2002)

The successful film 8 Mile is said to have been a close look at how the rapper Eminem became a force to be reckoned with throughout the greater Detroit area. His rap skills in general are under no scruples, as he is deemed one of the greatest to ever make rap music. That being said, perhaps his most successful track to date wouldn’t come off of a major release for the artist at all, but through the original soundtrack for the feature film. “Lose Yourself” was an anthem with a driving beat that was hardnosed and direct. In the song the rapper details that you have to take the opportunity you are in to shine, because you are never guaranteed this shot again.

1. “Juicy” – Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die (1994)

It is hard to dispute that Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.) is one of the greatest rappers of all time. His path from being a street thug and drug dealer to rap superstar are well documented. “Juicy” is a song that details not only the struggles that Biggie had coming up and making his name on the rap scene, but sends an opening blast to all of the people that thought he couldn’t amount to anything. Given that this is one of the most successful singles ever from the legendary rapper, it is safe to say that those individuals got the message that he was sending them. While they thought he would fail because of the choices he had to make, look at the way his life had turned out. Even years after his untimely death, the Notorious B.I.G. still captivates rap fans with his quick delivery and crafted lyrical content.

This is a list that ranges from the current chart topping artists from the East Coast and those that were well in the thick of the decade long struggle for bragging rights that persisted through the 1990’s with the West Coast rappers. That being said, this gives you a look at what makes these rappers so iconic and so popular, even years after some of these tracks were released originally. While they might have been at war with the West at one point and time, now you can freely listen to all of these songs with fresh ears, no matter where in the world you live and represent.

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