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East Coast hip hop is a regional subgenre of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the 1970s. Hip hop is recognised to have originated and evolved first in the East Coast. Any hip hop musicians from the East Coast of the United States, particularly in the New York City area, are classed as East Coast hip hop. East Coast hip hop has been noted for its emphasis on lyrical dexterity, and has been characterised by multi-syllabic rhymes, complex wordplay, a continuous free-flowing delivery and intricate metaphors. However, as later years gone by, the music got more meaner, and this is not limited to just hardcore hip hop. Some of the lyrics, such as rappers like Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl and AMG (though he lived in Cleveland, was from New York and did an East Coast style) rapped pretty arrogantly and being big and bad, something not seen in West Coast hip hop.

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