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These certified east coast hip hop bangers are guaranteed to work a club system. The East Coast of the United States is the birthplace of hip hop. The likes of DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, The Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow,and Run-DMC defined the genre in the early years, paving the way for New York’s iconic style to grow and influence the world. Over the next two decades, New York would go on to incubate some of rap’s greatest bodies of work, with legends like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur all born in The Big Apple. The sound of hip hop has morphed over the years, encapsulating styles such as boom bap, hard-hitting beats and lyricism, and introspective, conscious rapping, all the way to mumble rap and a wave of 808-driven trap records. Throughout the evolution in style, New York artists have consistently managed to deliver club bangers that are able to stand the test of time, critically and commercially. Below we look at 20 tracks which are guaranteed to kick-start any party, in any city, in any country. Released all the way back in early 1987, this record is old skool rap at its finest.
Run-DMC were the first hip hop collective to have a gold album, and to be nominated for a Grammy Award, with their 1984 self-titled album. And the likes of Eminem, Nas and A Tribe Called Quest have all since name-dropped the influential three-piece in bars. This track features a guitar riff alongside a quick back-and-forth between MCs. Run-DMC were known for finding samples that made their tracks instantly recognisable and palatable for a wide audience. This groovy, upbeat and bouncy east coast hip hop record is a must-have for any party. This South Bronx MC’s impact on East Coast hip hop cannot be overstated. He was dubbed ‘The Teacher’ because of the furious and the politically-driven undertones in his records. Despite the mood or tone of the beat, he would consistently champion a deeper message with his choice of lyrics. Released in December 1993, this is the final single on his debut solo album 'Return of the Boom Bap' . The beat inspires dancing with groove and funk while KRS-One’s flow, layered with patois, is a hard focal point. Being mentioned in the same breath as Biggie is generally regarded as an MC’s greatest honour. He carried a distinct brand of introspection that came to define hip hop’s golden era. Christopher Wallace’s prowess as a story-telling MC, without doubt, paved the way for contemporary stars like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Joyner Lucas to produce storied verses that were simultaneously hard-hitting enough to ignite a dancefloor. 'Juicy' is an example of this extraordinary mixture. Now an iconic track, 'Juicy' was Biggie’s first single on his classic debut album 'Ready to Die' . His flow on this track is unrivaled, as he lyrically lets his hair down and boasts about the fruits of his come up. It boasts an east coast hip hop beat that's groovy and nostalgic and layered with harmonising vocals. The 'Hypnotize' music video was particularly spectacular in the late 90s. It had helicopters, a yacht, motorcycles, mermaids, and a high-speed car chase where Puff Daddy is driving in reverse while Wallace is rapping. The video was filmed in February 1997, just a month before Biggie died, at a point where he was regarded as one of the hottest properties in rap. Biggie spits effortlessly over perhaps the most iconic hip hop beat of the 90s, built by Puff Daddy from a downtempo groove and rolling bassline, sampling a beat from Herb Alpert’s 1979 jazz-funk hit 'Rise'. In tandem with Biggie’s wordplay, it makes his flow aptly hypnotic. This record is a hip hop banger designed to satisfy those who want to party.
It treads an effective line between accessibility and quality, with its call-and-response lyrics and raucous beat. Isaac Freeman aka Fatman Scoop teamed with production duo Crooklyn Clan to create this club classic. Originally released in 1999, Scoop’s rally cries work perfectly with the heavy sampling of Faith Evans disco-funk record 'Love Like This' . Bass drops that make a whole club shake also stand the record in good stead as a common draw for DJs. DMX produced this record at a time when violent delivery was at the epicenter of hip hop culture. His raps, at least in part, validated the claims he made. The club world gravitated to this sound because it aurally represented a lifestyle, as well as lyrically.
This hardcore hip hop floor-shaker was released at the turn of the millennium. Despite the East Coast MC’s tirade of homophobic slurs and misogyny, this record infiltrated into the early noughties pop culture comedy scene through the likes of Dave Chappelle. This energising anthem encourages party people to get loose and leave self-control at home. Throughout their career, M.O.P maintained a strong underground following. However, to the rest of the world, they’re predominantly known for this record.