Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, DMX, Busta Rhymes,Public Enemy, Gang Starr and Notorious B.I.G… to name a few. are some of the most recognized east coast rap artists dead or alive. trail blazers! all referenced directly or indirectly through style or flow¬†to this day, if not dead they may be past their prime. however clearly still making a huge impact on the industry.