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The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time  

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Here are the greatest duos in hip hop history. Rap has a long and storied history. It was only a few decades ago when emcees took the streets to perform the art style. Today, the biggest rappers in the world sell out stadiums and perform to millions of adoring fans. Having the right flow and delivery can be tough, which is why some rappers need a partner up there on stage with them. This list contains the best rap duos of all time. You could build a pretty epic playlist with the hits from these artists. 

OutKast put out hit after hit in the 2000s. Their album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below went platinum 11 times over and contained many of their biggest hits, including "The Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" One of the biggest modern rap duos is Run the Jewels, consisting of Killer Mike and El-P.  So far, they have put out three albums together and have collaborated with the likes of Zack de la Rocha and Boots. Other popular rap duos include Rae Sremmurd, Ying Yang Twins, Eric B. & Rakim, Kids See Ghosts, Mobb Deep, and Clipse.

You will find old and new rap duos alike on this list. You can vote up the acts you think had the hottest lyrics so that everyone reading knows who they should check out next. Who do you think the best rap duo of all time is?

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Outkast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Outkast was an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big ...more
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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Eric B. & Rakim were a hip hop duo from Long Island, New York, composed of DJ Eric B. and MC Rakim. Tom Terrell of NPR called them "the most influential DJ/MC combo in contemporary pop ...more
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Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Method Man & Redman, are an American hip hop duo, composed of East Coast rappers Method Man and Redman. They are signed to Def Jam Recordings as both solo artists and as a collective. While ...more
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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York, U.S., that consists of Havoc and Prodigy. The group is best known for its dark delivery as exemplified by the single ...more
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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group's name is a concatenation of the members' names "E" and "PMD" or an acronym for "Erick and Parrish ...more
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Underground Kingz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
UGK was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, formed in 1987, by the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler. He was then joined by Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, who became his ...more
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Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
8Ball & MJG is an American hip hop duo from Memphis, Tennessee. The two rappers met at Ridgeway Middle School in 1984.
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Tha Dogg Pound is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Tha Dogg Pound is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, made up of West Coast rappers Daz Dillinger and Kurupt. They were signed to Death Row Records in their early careers and were key to the ...more
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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio from Queens, New York. The group, consisting of Cheryl James, Sandra Denton, and originally Latoya Hanson who was replaced by Deidra Roper, was formed in ...more
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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Gang Starr was an influential East Coast hip hop duo that consisted of the late MC Guru and the DJ/producer DJ Premier.
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Clipse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Clipse was an American hip hop duo, formed by brothers Gene "No Malice" Thornton and Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1992. The group is ...more
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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was an American hip hop duo from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rapper Will Smith met disc jockey Jeff Townes in the 1980s, when they were both trying to ...more
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Pete Rock & CL Smooth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth are a hip-hop duo from Mount Vernon, New York. They made their debut with their 1991 EP, All Souled Out and followed with 1992's Mecca and the Soul Brother LP.
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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo consisting of rappers Royce da 5'9" and Eminem. Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1997 thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. It was formed after ...more
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Ying Yang Twins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
The Ying Yang Twins are an Atlanta-based American hip hop duo consisting of Kaine and D-Roc. The group debuted in 2000 and rose to mainstream popularity in 2003 collaborating with Lil Jon in his ...more
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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Kris Kross was an American rap duo of the 1990s, Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The duo was best known for their 1992 hit "Jump", which was ...more
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Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Das EFX is an American hip hop duo. It consists of emcees Dray and Skoob. They named themselves "DAS" standing for "Dray and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning ...more
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Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Black Sheep is a hip hop duo from Queens, New York, composed of Andres "Dres" Titus and William "Mista Lawnge" McLean. The duo is from New York but met as teenagers in ...more
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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Capone-N-Noreaga is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of East Coast rappers Capone and Noreaga.
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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by ...more
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Black Star is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Black Star is an American hip hop duo formed in 1997, from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of rappers Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli. They released a number of singles and one ...more
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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Dead Prez, stylized as dead prez, is a hip hop duo from the United States, composed of stic.man and M-1, formed in 1996 in New York City. They are known for their confrontational style, combined ...more
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Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Smif-n-Wessun is a hip hop duo consisting of members Tek and Steele. Smif-n-Wessun comprise two-eighths of the Brownsville, Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik, with Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and ...more
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Big Tymers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
The Big Tymers were an American rap duo active from 1997 to 2005 from New Orleans, Louisiana. The Big Tymers consisted of Cash Money Records co-founder, Baby and former Cash Money in-house ...more
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Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All-Time
Run the Jewels is an American hip hop duo, formed by rappers El-P and Killer Mike in 2013. That same year, they released their self-titled first album titled Run the Jewels, as a free digital ...more