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

2
1,167 456
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

3
986 377
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

4
1,018 317
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

5
762 381
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

6
734 345
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

7
759 295
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

8
779 421
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

9
588 307
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

10
608 156
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

11
532 298
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

12
509 286
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

13
628 294
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

14
513 244
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

Hip Hop Stars You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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551 177
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

16
366 198
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

17
360 221
Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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313 233
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

19
326 204
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

20
298 221
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

21
301 163
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
EPMD Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

The Best English Beers

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410 290
D12 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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263 249
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

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260 261
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

25
391 316
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

26
244 189
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Tha Dogg Pound Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

27
231 214
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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195 158
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

The Best Hip Hop Collaborations of 2018

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186 205
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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223 143
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
JerryRipJr. added Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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215 134
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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176 166
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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180 117
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Das EFX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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167 163
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The LOX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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168 149
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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155 105
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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121 122
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
TommyWimmer added 2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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139 158
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Goodie Mob Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

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162 131
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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132 121
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Brand Nubian Hip hop music

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141 118
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Moon Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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114 34
Black Star is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Star Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

The Most Disrespectful Diss Tracks In Hip Hop History

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136 129
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Sheep Hip hop music

44
132 93
House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
idawg387 added House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

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137 116
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Souls of Mischief Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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116 100
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Smif-n-Wessun Hip hop music

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109 120
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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147 142
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Odd Future Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

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126 96
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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130 115
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop