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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1,450 599
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
1,769 550
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
1,199 453
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
1,252 377
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

5
862 402
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
701 400
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

7
888 451
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
553 365
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
909 494
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
919 351
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
576 333
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
501 363
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
614 335
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
768 327
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
592 274
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
102 29
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

17
715 187
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
117 58
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Hip hop music

19
617 204
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
50 22
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

21
364 261
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
428 225
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
416 254
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
366 226
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
339 246
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
291 274
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
299 283
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
344 184
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
285 208
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
279 238
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
205 226
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
194 190
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
200 177
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
159 174
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
251 162
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
246 152
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

37
214 220
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

38
192 166
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

39
136 140
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
TommyWimmer added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

40
197 132
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
186 144
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

42
149 143
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

43
104 129
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
119 135
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
193 182
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
155 129
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

47
150 133
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
167 117
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
133 110
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Hip hop music

50
142 124
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