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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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2
584 220
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

3
510 134
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
OutKast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

4
501 180
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
390 176
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

6
405 206
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

7
342 132
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

8
407 220
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
293 77
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

10
270 150
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

11
337 146
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Horrorcore

12
308 163
Cypress Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Cypress Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

13
275 128
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

14
281 167
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

15
290 90
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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187 102
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

17
191 126
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

18
178 107
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
160 120
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

20
157 134
Grandmaster Flash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Grandmaster Flash Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Electro

21
211 149
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

22
149 135
The Sugarhill Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The Sugarhill Gang Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, Disco

23
141 85
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
EPMD Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
147 147
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

25
216 192
G-Unit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
G-Unit Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

26
123 72
Westside Connection is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
JerryRipJr. added Westside Connection Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

27
101 111
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

28
91 84
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

29
95 56
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 29 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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94 82
Digital Underground is listed (or ranked) 30 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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118 126
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

32
113 104
Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Tha Dogg Pound Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

33
87 65
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

34
84 56
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

35
88 82
Ruff Ryders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time

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77 92
Goodie Mob is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Goodie Mob Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop

37
86 98
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
The LOX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

38
77 69
Black Moon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Black Moon Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

39
151 89
Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Brockhampton Hip hop, Experimental, R&B

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68 74
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
75 67
Souls of Mischief is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Souls of Mischief Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

42
70 54
Dilated Peoples is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dilated Peoples Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

43
66 67
Brand Nubian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Brand Nubian Hip hop music

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72 76
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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71 68
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Tamz added Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

46
67 62
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

47
51 41
House of Pain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
idawg387 added House of Pain Hip hop music, Rock music, Funk

48
60 52
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

49
50 51
Heltah Skeltah is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time
Heltah Skeltah Hip hop music

50
55 60
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