Hip Hop Artists The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
40.2k votes 3.9k voters 35k views 129 items

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!

1
1,362 529
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

2
1,620 523
Wu-Tang Clan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Wu-Tang Clan Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
670 349
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

4
1,106 426
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

5
1,171 360
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
OutKast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

6
818 383
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

7
839 425
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

8
872 466
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

9
851 335
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

10
549 317
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

11
510 319
D12 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

12
581 320
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

13
717 315
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

14
561 265
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

15
463 337
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

16
677 179
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

17
97 34
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
AndrewMiller-Thomas added Slaughterhouse Hip hop music

18
69 8
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

19
589 196
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

20
344 250
Grandmaster Flash and the Furi... is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
393 244
Naughty by Nature is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Naughty by Nature Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

22
403 218
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

23
351 220
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
34 7
Outsidaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Matt1345 added Outsidaz Hip hop music

25
321 242
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

26
281 268
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

27
286 276
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

28
328 179
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
EPMD Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

29
269 204
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Tha Dogg Pound Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

30
263 231
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

31
196 219
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

32
187 183
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

33
187 172
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

34
206 204
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digital Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

35
151 171
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Goodie Mob Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

36
240 156
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
JerryRipJr. added Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

37
231 148
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

38
130 134
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
TommyWimmer added 2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

39
183 161
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

40
116 129
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

41
99 126
Leaders of the New School is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Leaders of the New School Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

42
189 127
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Das EFX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

43
182 164
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Odd Future Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

44
139 138
Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Sheep Hip hop music

45
175 139
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

46
144 128
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Moon Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

47
148 126
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Souls of Mischief Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

48
139 149
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Brand Nubian Hip hop music

49
160 113
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

50
123 108
Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Smif-n-Wessun Hip hop music