Rap 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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1,512 655
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
1,890 575
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
1,262 480
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
1,337 393
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

5
899 419
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
933 469
Run–D.M.C. 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
728 428
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
590 403
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
945 515
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
971 369
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
609 350
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
527 392
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

13
652 349
The Roots 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
831 336
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

15
633 283
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

16
747 197
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
120 55
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
129 82
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Hip hop music

19
647 222
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
382 269
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
440 258
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
453 235
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
51 39
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

24
378 234
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
353 256
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
307 278
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
315 289
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
361 188
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
305 212
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
299 242
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
213 235
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
210 181
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

33
196 198
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

34
174 176
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

35
270 167
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
JerryRipJr. added Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

36
226 223
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

37
255 157
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
148 142
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
206 170
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

40
193 149
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

41
205 139
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

42
156 150
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

43
108 137
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
124 141
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

45
208 192
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
141 118
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

47
156 140
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

48
159 136
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

49
171 124
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

50
145 130
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Tamz added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop