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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1,416 567
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
1,706 538
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
1,156 440
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
686 384
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

5
1,219 367
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

6
843 391
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
865 442
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
537 347
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
891 345
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
895 483
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

11
571 325
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
490 354
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
600 328
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
751 323
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
578 270
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
114 49
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Hip hop music

17
701 184
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

18
90 23
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

19
608 201
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
49 15
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

21
354 258
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

22
419 222
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
407 251
Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

24
362 224
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
335 245
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
289 273
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
295 280
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
338 183
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
276 206
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
275 235
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
200 224
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
191 187
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
194 175
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
157 172
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
245 160
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
212 218
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
239 150
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
134 138
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
189 164
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

40
192 130
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
147 142
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

42
102 128
Leaders of the New School is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

43
182 143
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

44
117 133
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
154 128
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

46
185 180
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

47
148 132
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
164 115
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
131 109
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

50
140 123
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