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The Best Rap Duos Of All Time 

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Updated February 21, 2020 6.1k votes 762 voters 12.5k views 62 items

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 (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly ...more

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Mobb Deep was an American hip hop duo from Queensbridge, Queens, New York. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were a hardcore East Coast hip hop group. They were known for their dark, ...more

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The Best Mobb Deep Albums of All Time #467 of 454 The Best Duos of All Time #1,345 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Louis Eric Barrier (born November 8, 1965 in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York) is the former producer and DJ for the golden age hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim.Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in ...more

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Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Best Gang Starr Songs #23 of 125 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time #11 of 192 The Best Underground Rappers

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Underground Kingz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
UGK (short for Underground Kingz) was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, formed in 1987, by Chad "Pimp C" Butler and Bernard "Bun B" Freeman. They released ...more
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EPMD is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#399 of 454 The Best Duos of All Time #27 of 125 The Best Hip Hop Groups of All Time #80 of 232 The Best New York Rappers

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Clipse is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Clipse is 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 was ...more
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Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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 Kurupt and Daz Dillinger (formerly Dat Nigga Daz). They were signed to Death Row Records in their early ...more

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Pete Rock & CL Smoot... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Peter O. Philips (born June 21, 1970), better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the ...more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the ... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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Black Star is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Capone-N-Noreaga (also known as C-N-N) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo includes East Coast rappers Capone and N.O.R.E..

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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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Kris Kross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Kris Kross was an American hip hop duo formed in the early 1990s that consisted of Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. The duo was discovered by Jermaine ...more

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#96 of 138 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s #41 of 188 The Best Rappers From Atlanta

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Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Das EFX is an American hip hop duo. It consists of emcees Dray (also known as Krazy Drayz, born Andre Weston, September 9, 1970) and Skoob (also known as Books, born William "Willie" ...more
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Kids See Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Kids See Ghosts is an American hip hop super-duo composed of musicians Kanye West and Kid Cudi. The duo released their eponymous debut album on June 8, 2018, through GOOD Music.

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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Smif-n-Wessun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
Smif-N-Wessun (a.k.a. Cocoa Brovaz) is a hip hop duo consisting of members Tek (Tekomin Williams) and Steele (Darrell Yates). Smif-N-Wessun comprise one quarter of the Brownsville, Brooklyn ...more
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Ying Yang Twins is listed (or ranked) 24 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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EARTHGANG is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rap Duos Of All Time
EarthGang (stylized EARTHGANG) is an American hip hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers, known by their stage names, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot. They are co-founders ...more