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The 25 greatest East Coast hip-hop albums of the 1990s


Some hip-hop fans complain about the relative lack of East Coast-based hip-hop superstars these days. The charts are dominated by rappers who hail from virtually everywhere else in the continental United States and even Canada–but over the last ten years, there have been few big names coming out of New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia, in particular.

That appears to be changing, however.

Harlem-born rapper A$AP Rocky and Azealia Banks, the Bronx’s French Montana, Meek Mill out of Philadelphia–they’ve all become some of the most buzzed-about hip-hop stars of the past year. And up-and-comers like Brooklyn’s Joey Bada$$ are waiting in the wings for their chance to restore the luster to East Coast hip-hop.

With Magna Carta Holy Grail, the latest release from Jay-Z, (one of New York City’s most iconic rhymers), riding high on the charts; it’s a great time to take a look a time when the East was thriving.

Here are the greatest East Coast hip-hop albums of the 1990s…

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  1. tenchu on October 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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    • Enoc Baeza Mendoza on April 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      No. 1 Illmatic by Nas (1994)
      No. 2 Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest (1991)
      No. 3 Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z (1996)
      No. 4 Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers by Wu-Tang Clan (1993)
      No. 5 Ready To Die by the Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
      No. 6 The Infamous… by Mobb Deep (1995)
      No. 7 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Raekwon (1995)
      No. 8 Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest (1993)
      No. 9 Life After Death by the Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
      No. 10 Step In the Arena by Gang Starr (1991)
      No. 11 Black Star by Mos Def & Talib Kweli (Black Star) (1998)
      No. 12 The Score by The Fugees (1996)
      No. 13 Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em by Eric B. & Rakim (1990)
      No. 14 Daily Operation by Gang Starr (1992)
      No. 15 It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot by DMX (1998)
      No. 16 Fear of A Black Planet by Public Enemy (1990)
      No. 17 Capital Punishment by Big Punisher (1998)
      No. 18 Black On Both Sides by Mos Def (1999)
      No. 19 De La Soul Is Dead by De La Soul (1991)
      No. 20 Liquid Swords by GZA/Genius (1995)
      No. 21 Breaking Atoms by Main Source (1991)
      No. 22 Things Fall Apart by The Roots (1998)
      No. 23 Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J (1990)
      No. 24 Uptown Saturday Night by Camp Lo (1997)
      No. 25 Mecca and the Soul Brother by Pete Rock & CL Smooth (1992)

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