Pete Rock, (born Peter Phillips), record producer, DJ, rapper, & former member of the critically acclaimed rap duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Along with Stetsasonic, ATCQ, The Roots, & Gang Starr, he played a major role in the merging jazz into hip hop music (aka jazz rap). He is one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier, RZA, & J Dilla as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. He is cousin to the late Heavy D.
10. African Music Music Group 90's or earlier - Wu-Tang Clan - The Wu-Tang Clan is an American East Coast hip hop group from Staten Island, New York that consists of rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
September 29, 1998: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Day Two hundred old and new school rap artists assembled in Harlem. It could be said this display of unity went a long way in forever ending the proverbial East coast/West coast beef that existed for years. A sense of closure from the aforementioned deaths certainly was an underlying element here as well.