East Coast Rap

East Coast hip hop is a regional subgenre of hip hop music that originated in New York City, USA during the 1970s. Hip hop is recognized to have originated and evolved first in the East Coast.

Birth: 1982 Bloom: 1989

In the very beginning of the hip hop epoch the rap scene completely belonged to East Coast Rap. And all popular rap artists of the earliest period came from New York City. Where such legends of «old school» as DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa, the Sugarchill Gang, Kurtis Blow, and Run-D.M.C. lived and worked. Hip-hop began to be developed and that`s why hip-hop music centers spread over the country. But nevertheless, East Coast Rap still was dominant during the 80s. 



East Coast Rap is the music style that was designed not for dance floors but for attentive listeners, that`s why this genre became a respected art form more elaborate and complex. Typical representatives of the «golden era» of East Coast Rap include Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, and Slick Rick. 



The positive group of Central Africa Native Tongues assembled by Africa Bambaataa based their music on the East Coast Rap. Such bands as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers had a great influence on the `80s hip-hop. 



In the 90s there was a new wave of success. Alongside Bad Boy (the record label, the owner of which is Puff Daddy) East Coast had a number of different and popular musicians such as virtuosic lyricist Nas, inclined to live sound Fugees and The Roots, and the team Wu-Tang Clan inspired by hardcore rap.

Also read: Crunk, Turntablism, Alternative Rap, British Rap, Comedy Rap, Dirty Rap, Diss

Umbrellate style: Hip-hop/Rap

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