Rappers 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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1,654 765
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
2,141 620
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
1,401 539
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

4
1,499 435
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

5
976 464
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

6
1,012 510
Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

7
794 476
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

8
1,045 567
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

9
1,081 403
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
655 489
D12 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

11
707 384
The Roots 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
937 365
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

13
666 381
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

14
688 308
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
575 444
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
828 210
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
162 102
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
155 127
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Hip hop music

19
716 239
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
418 287
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
499 247
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

22
476 271
Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

23
408 249
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
61 66
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

25
389 269
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