About East Coast Rap Beats In Hip Hop

Your #1 source for east coast beats. East coast hip-hop is sometimes referred to as New York Rap because it originated from block parties thrown on the streets of New York city in the 1970's. East coast hip-hop was dominant during the late 1980's and mid-90's (the golden era of hip-hop, and is still relevant today.


East coast hip-hop has undergone a series of musical surgeries, from the lyrical subgenre that gave yield to Rakim and Nas, to the conscious approach made famous by Public Enemy and Beastie Boys, and later the mafioso rap blueprint popularized by Kool G Rap, Raekwon and AZ, and now back to the lyrical.


Unlike the simplistic rhyme pattern utilized in old school rap, or the call and response style present in crunk, east coast rap is almost synonymous with lyrical dexterity. More often than not, east coast rap is characterized by multi-syllabic rhymes, complex wordplay, a continuos free-flowing delivery, and intricate metaphors.


The stand-out point of East Coast hip hop from other regional forms (in general) is the intricate and multi-threaded lyrics and delivery of this sub-genre. East coast artists tend to be more complex, witty, and versatile (depending on the artist). As a general rule, East Coast rap artists tend to emphasize lyricism coupled with production centered on the frenetic use of a drum machine.


East coast hip hop also tends to be the only form which still emphasizes the role of the DJ in production, still employing the original techniques of scratching, sampling, and blending (transforming). Producers such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and the RZA are well known for their rare and unique sounds and techniques.


Critically-acclaimed East Coast artists such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Nas have a wide margin of subject matter thus appealing to a wider audience, particularly when they address social issues in their communities.


A huge number of East-Coast rappers such as DMX, Jadakiss, and Prodigy or groups such as Wu-Tang Clan, and Black Moon have adopted hardcore hip hop personas which typically glorify violence, drugs, mafioso or gang affiliation.

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