The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

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Vote on what crew you think deserves to be considered the best in hip hop

The overall best hip hop groups all offer an impressive roster of individual rappers, but which hip hop crew is the absolute best? Is it fair to compare the legends like Run-D.M.C. and N.W.A. to G-Unit and Wu-Tang Clan? Will D12 and Public Enemy ever get the respect that Tha Dogg Pound gets? Is Flipmode Squad better than Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? Sound off hip hop fans by voting below for the hip hop groups you feel has the best hip hop collectives.

Hip hop music rose to prominence first in the 1970s when groups like The Sugarhill Gang became quite popular. The sounds evolved in the decades that followed with groups like Public Enemy (Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and The S1W), Run-D.M.C. (Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell) and the Beastie Boys (Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock) dominating the 1980s and ushering in the top 1990s groups like N.W.A. (Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren) and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone). All of those rap groups laid the foundation for hip hop music but does that give them the right to be ranked above newer and perhaps more talented groups that followed?

If you're judging hip hop crews by their sheer number of talented members, the Wu-Tang Clan is certainly among the best. Stacked with rappers like RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa and Ol' Dirty Bastard, the Wu-Tang Clan is easily one of the best rap groups ever.

So whether you're a fan of the likes of Eminem, Bizarre, Proof, Mr. Porter, Swifty McVay and Kuniva in D12 or simply Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson from The Roots or anywhere in between, tell us which is the greatest hip hop group of all time by voting for your favorite or adding your top group below!

Most divisive: D12
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  • Wu-Tang Clan
    4,882 votes

    Breaking through the monotony of hip hop in the early 90s, Wu-Tang Clan emerged with their legendary debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). In a genre that was dominated by West Coast dominance, Wu-Tang's raw, gritty beats combined with their martial arts-inspired lyrics brought the East Coast back to prominence. Consisting of nine members, each possessing a unique style, the group carved its niche in the hip hop world. Their ability to build solo careers while maintaining a strong group identity highlights their immense talent and cements their place as one of the greatest hip hop groups.

  • Outkast
    3,700 votes

    Hailing from Atlanta, Outkast's unique sound has had an indelible impact on the hip hop landscape. The duo, consisting of Big Boi and André 3000, blends southern musical influences with inventive lyricism to produce hits like "Rosa Parks" and "Hey Ya." With six Grammy Awards under their belt and millions of albums sold, Outkast's innovative approach to hip hop has changed the game, influencing countless artists and pushing genre boundaries.

  • Responsible for some of the most influential and critically acclaimed albums in hip hop history, A Tribe Called Quest are often revered as pioneers. With their jazz-infused production and intelligent lyricism, they spearheaded the Native Tongues movement during the late 80s and early 90s. The synergy between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg was undeniable, and their cultural impact has transcended generations, making them a staple in the annals of hip hop greatness.

  • Eric B. & Rakim
    1,877 votes

    When it comes to the foundations of modern hip hop, few groups hold as much significance as Eric B. & Rakim. With their groundbreaking debut album, Paid in Full, the duo introduced a new level of lyrical complexity and flow that would set the standard for generations to come. By combining Eric B.'s innovative production techniques with Rakim's unparalleled rhyming ability, they revolutionized the genre and remain vital influences in hip hop culture.

  • Gang Starr
    1,607 votes

    Formed by DJ Premier and Guru in the late 80s, Gang Starr undoubtedly occupies a prominent position in hip hop history. Their unique blend of jazz samples, infectious beats, and conscious lyrics set them apart from their contemporaries. Over the course of six studio albums, Gang Starr consistently pushed the envelope, contributing to the evolution of East Coast hip hop and inspiring scores of artists who would follow in their footsteps.

  • Mobb Deep
    2,652 votes

    Mobb Deep, consisting of Havoc and the late Prodigy, left an indelible mark on the hip hop world with their razor-sharp lyricism and gritty, haunting beats. As pillars of the East Coast rap scene during the 90s, their intense storytelling painted vivid pictures of life in New York City's Queensbridge neighborhood. With their groundbreaking sophomore hit "The Infamous," they solidified their status as legends in the annals of hip hop history.