For the new issue of NME, I caught up with some of the main players behind the East Coast’s rejuvenated hip-hop scene. From gourmet chef turned lyricist Action Bronson, the grime-obsessed Danny Brown to the rapper already being hailed by his peers as “the next biggie”, Mr Muthafuckin eXquire.

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Following the lead of the A$AP mob, it looks like New York has got it’s swagger back, blazing into rap music’s good books once again, clutching 40 oz bottles of liquor and boasting some fearsome back catalogs. To get you up to speed, scroll down for a crash course playlist of the MCs lighting up the NYC scene, and be sure to check out the main feature in the mag.

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