Hip Hop Artists The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time  

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List Rules 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!

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1,374 536
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
1,638 526
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
671 360
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

4
1,117 431
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

5
1,184 362
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

6
822 386
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

7
844 432
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

8
519 325
D12 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

9
876 472
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

10
860 339
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

11
554 321
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

12
586 323
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

13
722 319
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

14
564 266
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

15
468 342
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

16
682 181
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

17
75 11
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

18
101 38
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Hip hop music

19
594 198
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

20
346 252
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

21
397 245
Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

22
408 218
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

23
38 9
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

24
354 221
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
326 243
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

26
283 269
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

27
287 277
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

28
331 180
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

29
273 205
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

30
268 233
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

31
196 221
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

32
189 184
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

33
188 174
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

34
208 209
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

35
153 171
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

36
242 158
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
JerryRipJr. added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

37
232 149
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

38
133 135
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
TommyWimmer added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

39
185 162
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

40
191 128
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

41
116 130
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

42
142 139
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

43
99 127
Leaders of the New School is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

44
178 141
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

45
182 170
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

46
144 129
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

47
149 127
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

48
160 114
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

49
139 153
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

50
123 108
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music