Edited 1 year, 5 months ago

Poll: East Coast rap or West Coast rap? (113 votes)

West Coast Rap 31%
East Coast Rap 36%
Fuck American rap, it is better from this other country. 0%
Fuck all rap, it's not real music! 7%
Can't we all just get along and coexist peacefully? 26%
#1 Edited by Digiwth (152 posts) -

RAP OF THE RISING SUN

#2 Posted by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

These are the three best rap albums ever made. I think the winner is clear...

#3 Edited by punkxblaze (2985 posts) -

WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST. TUPAC LIVES, Y'ALL.

#4 Edited by Wacomole (819 posts) -

#5 Edited by Pezen (1604 posts) -

Certainly a lot of good stuff east wise, but really..

West Coast.

#6 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (4208 posts) -

Southern side stuff is pretty good. I.e. Bun B, Yelawolf. But, I'll stick with Fabolous for now.

#7 Edited by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

East Coast, definitely, if not just for Wu Tang and all the related musicians in the Wu Tang family. Then you've got MF DOOM (my personal favorite MC), Aesop Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, the Beastie Boys, Mos Def, Notorious B.I.G. (one of the greatest rappers who ever lived), Dead Prez, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Kool Keith, and a ton of others.

It would be foolish to say that East Coast rap is completely different from West Coast rap, but I tend to like rap that is from the East more than I tend to like rap that is from the West.

#8 Posted by Andorski (5309 posts) -

East Coast had Puff Daddy. West Coast wins by default.

#9 Edited by JasonR86 (9705 posts) -

West Coast. I prefer rap that is slower. But lately it's been East Coast so there's that.

#10 Edited by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

@jrinswand:

Oh, if MF DOOM counts towards east coast then I submit into evidence the 4th best rap album ever made:

#11 Edited by Everyones_A_Critic (6298 posts) -

I don't really like a lot of old school shit but when I listen to 90's shit it's usually west coast. I can't stand the preachiness, (now) simplistic rhymes and lyricism, and tired messages that were new back in the day but have become redundant now. When gangsta rap blew up on the west side conscious rappers came out in droves on the east coast. I'd rather listen to Westside Connection get ignant and rowdy as fuck than listen to Guru drone over a beat about something he thought was profound but was kinda common knowledge. Ice Cube and Tupac got preachy as well, to be sure, but it was always more aggressive and therefore kept my attention longer. The beats keep me turned off of most '90's rap though. It's too slow and soul-influenced.

Ice Cube still has mic presence like no other...

#12 Posted by Nodima (1202 posts) -

I voted east, would have voted South. Been writing about west coast '90s artists a lot lately, though.

You can find out more about my answer here or here.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Nodima/

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/archive/contributor/517/

#13 Edited by Svenzon (720 posts) -

I like a whole lot of artists from both sides, so I voted for peaceful coexistence. When I want gritty and jazzy stuff, I go for East Coast rap and when I want laidback funky shit the West Coast is the best coast.

#14 Posted by Vinny_Says (5708 posts) -

BRING THA MUTHAFUCKING RUKUSS!!!!

#15 Posted by Subjugation (4720 posts) -

Tupac, Snoop, Dre

West coast.

#16 Posted by planetfunksquad (437 posts) -

Beast Coast. Most of the best lyricists come from that side, and the beats tend to have this murky minimal grunt to them.

#17 Edited by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Pacific North West rap. Maybe Rocky Mountain Rap.

#18 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Fresh Coast all day. Kurupt is severely underrated.

I really love east coast emcees but somehow motherfuckers on the westcoast outshine them. And also the west coast new school emcees outshine the new school east coast ones without a doubt.

#19 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

I'm more of an east coast guy, but my favourite Hip Hop album of all time is Madvillainy and that's got west coast on beats and east coast on the mic.

I mean goddamn fuckin' listen to this shit

Edit: @pyromagnestir knows what's up.

#20 Posted by Nightriff (5080 posts) -

Have to go West Coast because of my love for NWA. But I really don't care, not the biggest rap fan so when I find something I like, I don't care where it originated

#21 Posted by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

@jrinswand:

Oh, if MF DOOM counts towards east coast then I submit into evidence the 4th best rap album ever made:

MF DOOM is definitely East Coast. First of all, there's the fact that he's from New York. But (I know I said it's impossible to generalize) you could tell that he's from the East just by listening to his rhymes and his beats. His beats are always jazzy and sample-heavy, which seems to be a characteristic of a lot of East Coast rap, and his rhymes are always non sequitur and crazy complicated.

I'm more of an east coast guy, but my favourite Hip Hop album of all time is Madvillainy and that's got west coast on beats and east coast on the mic.

Edit: @pyromagnestir knows what's up.

I fucking love Madvillain. See also: DANGERDOOM, King Geedorah (and Monsta Island Czars), Viktor Vaughn, and JJ DOOM.

#22 Edited by Mrsignerman44 (1100 posts) -

Fuck dude, that's a hard question. A lot of hot shit came out of the east coast. Tribe, Mos Def, Wu Tang, MF Doom and of course, Biggie are all straight out of new york.

As a west coaster, I'd like to say West but in my heart, I know that the East Coast is where it's at. We still have Pharcyde, N.W.A and Pac though, so again, it's difficult.


Also, anyone that picked option 4 is just ignorant. Hip-hop is too big to be avoided.

#23 Edited by Jams (2961 posts) -

"Straight outta Compton - is a brother that'll smother your mother and make your sister think I love her"

#24 Posted by uniform (1835 posts) -

Rap artists, ventriloquists. Blood has been shed, lives have been lost. What is it going to take to put an end to all this?

#25 Posted by casper_ (903 posts) -

@uniform: have you seen that mr show skit about feuding east coast/west coast ventriloquists?

#26 Posted by uniform (1835 posts) -
#27 Edited by myketuna (1693 posts) -

I'd probably say East coast for me. I prefer boom-bap style shit regardless of coast origin. More often than not, the East coast has more of that flavor than anywhere else.

Kills me because I'm from the West coast. When it's party time or something though, that West coast bumps it right.

#28 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1209 posts) -

Easily the East Coast for me especially nowadays when I think of the latest collectives to come out of each, I'll take Pro Era over Odd Future any day, mostly because Odd Future sucks.

#29 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4604 posts) -

From Sea to Motherfucking Sea, son.

#30 Edited by Ben_H (3355 posts) -

I am coast agnostic though I slightly prefer west coast but there is a ton of good East Coast stuff from the late 80s and early 90s. I love me some Wu-Tang and KRS-One though. I am more of a hip-hop dude than gangster rap dude though. For me it is more of a "Anything made after 2000 other than by rappers that existed before 2000 is shit" type of thing. I have a heavy preference for the late 80s and early 90s when it comes to what I listen to. I do like some of the later 90s stuff. But yeah the start of the Dirty South crap was the end of good rap. Ever since it has all be garbage. I watched this fascinating documentary about the connection between crack and hip-hop in the 80s and 90s and basically all the rappers interviewed in it called all the new rappers a bunch of frauds. It was pretty good. Also, Too $hort's regular voice is the same as his rap voice and it is absolutely hilarious.

I just wrote a rather lengthy paper on the connection of cocaine and how it affected culture in the 80s and 90s, primarily focusing on black culture (for hip-hop and rap it was HUGELY influential) so I have been listening to a ton of this stuff lately. I used to hate it but now I adore it all. Here are a few of songs about crack. There are waaay more than this but here are some of my favourites. Enjoy. Ice-T's imitation of a crackhead is hilarious.

This is the only version of Public Enemy's "Night of the Living Baseheads" I could find. Stupid record companies shut down most of the videos. It turns out having a completely unrelated picture stops record companies from catching you.

Edit: and not about cocaine but hilarious. I have a weird appreciation of WC. In this video he C-walks on a Mercedes-Benz

#31 Posted by captain_max707 (490 posts) -

I don't listen to much hip hop, but I really like Lyrics Born who's from Berkeley, so I guess I'd go with West Coast. That's some hip hop you can move to. His rhymes are great too.

#32 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Number D.

#33 Edited by Mister9001 (15 posts) -

Love both, but I prefer West Side. Picked the last option though.

I don't really like a lot of old school shit but when I listen to 90's shit it's usually west coast. I can't stand the preachiness, (now) simplistic rhymes and lyricism, and tired messages that were new back in the day but have become redundant now. When gangsta rap blew up on the west side conscious rappers came out in droves on the east coast. I'd rather listen to Westside Connection get ignant and rowdy as fuck than listen to Guru drone over a beat about something he thought was profound but was kinda common knowledge. Ice Cube and Tupac got preachy as well, to be sure, but it was always more aggressive and therefore kept my attention longer. The beats keep me turned off of most '90's rap though. It's too slow and soul-influenced.

Ice Cube still has mic presence like no other...

That diss was lightweight compared to Cube's legendary diss track :

#34 Edited by jking47 (1211 posts) -

As in all things, west coast is better.

#35 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6298 posts) -

@mister9001: Yeah No Vaseline was raw as fuck, but King of the Hill is my personal favorite.

"EVERYBODY IN THE GHETTO, KNOW WHAT YA DOIN', ONE WHITE BOY, AND TWO FUCKIN CUBANS?!!"

#36 Edited by Apparatus_Unearth (3149 posts) -

I love the Wu-Tang Clan, but in terms of the overall scene, particularly in the 90s, most of my favorite stuff comes from the Best Coast.

#37 Edited by BabyChooChoo (4504 posts) -

East Cost wins easily. East Coast was poppin' off in the '90s every day. Biggie, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Wu-Tang Clan, and countless others.

If you've ever seen this performed live, especially with Busta there, it's probably one of the hypest crowds you will ever see.

#39 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

Lil' Wayne and Eminem are the best of all time if you ask me....so East Coast I guess.... (or South and mid west).

#40 Posted by BoG (5190 posts) -

My favorite rappers are Kanye West, Jay-Z, Biggie, and R. Kelly. All east. A$AP Rocky is new on the scene, he's great, and he's from the east.

#41 Edited by CastroCasper (1301 posts) -

LBC

#42 Posted by Milkman (16786 posts) -

East, by far. But I guess I'm kind of bias.