Hip Hop Artists 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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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

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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

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1,138 352
Outkast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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841 327
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

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846 460
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

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643 334
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

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

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540 311
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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666 174
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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572 313
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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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

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585 190
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

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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

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385 239
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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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

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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

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319 237
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

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D12 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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324 175
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
EPMD Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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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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G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

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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

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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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Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 28 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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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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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 30 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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187 179
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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183 169
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 33 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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188 126
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Das EFX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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

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M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 36 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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176 151
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 37 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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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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Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Black Star is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Star Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Brand Nubian Hip hop music

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143 127
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Moon Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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138 137
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Sheep Hip hop music

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144 125
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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139 105
House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 46 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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116 127
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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120 107
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Smif-n-Wessun Hip hop music

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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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111 102
Slum Village is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Slum Village Hip hop music, Detroit hip hop