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Top 20 Rap Groups of All Time

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Top 20 Best Rap Groups of All Time

A list that ends all debates on who are the best hip hop groups expanding from the 1980s into the 2000s.  Since hip hop’s existence, rap groups have played an implicate role within hip hop, from the first mainstream rap song of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” to Furious Five’s “The Message”, two songs that are truly iconic to the genre.  Some of the greatest music and most legendary moments in rap came from hip hop groups, proven without rap groups the growth hip hop would not be what it is today.

1. Outkast

With numerous classic hits Outkast can be considered one of the best musical acts of all-time, especially with a list songs that includes “Ms. Jackson”, “Hey Ya”, “So Fresh So Clean”, “Rosa Parks”, “The Way You Move”, “BOB”, “Me and You”, “Players Ball” and many more, maybe hip hop’s most extensive catalog of music.

2. Run DMC

A pioneer hip hop group out of Queens, New York not only were number during their reign, but helped influence the culture and expanded hip hop across the country during the 1980s as three individuals Rev. Run, DMC and the late Jam Master Jay played a major role in the global growth of hip hop

3. NWA

N.W.A, featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube, introduced the world to gangster rap music, while also being the true starters of West Coast hip hop.  Even after their split, members would continue to have individual success as NWA handed the world one of the best producers of all-time and one of the best lyricist and storytellers of all-time.

4. Public Enemy

A powerful rap group of the late 1980s and early 1990s truly represented for the people. Chuck D, with hip hop’s most iconic hype man Flavor Flav, led one of hip hop’s most important eras, an era of conscious rap.

5. Wu-Tang Clan

A large super group from Staten Island, New York, as well other sections of New York, would later consist of one of the all-time best hip hop producers in RZA and some of the best rap artists of all-time with the likes of Method Man, Raekwon, Ol Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killa and more.

6. Geto Boys

No one can not mention southern hip hop without the Geto Boys who, along with J Prince of Rap A Lot, helped pioneered and introduced southern rap music through the likes of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill.

7. UGK

Two rap artists from Texas by the name of Pimp C and Bun B would eventually become your favorite rappers favorite rappers with one of the best rap albums of all time, Ridin Dirty, and one of the best hip hop songs of all time, “International Players Anthem”.

8. Three 6 Mafia

The real inventors of crunk music as Three 6 Mafia, with production from Juicy J and DJ Paul, became known for some of the best club bangers of all time like “Tear Da Club Up”, “Hit A…”, “Don’t Stand So Close”, “Who Run It”, “Sippin on Some Syrup”, “Stay Fly” and many more, while today they have become the most sampled and imitated rap group of their time.

9. Hot Boys

Some may debate a higher ranking, but it is hard to make a case with the only one classic album of Guerilla Warfare, despite the local success of Get It How U Live and the not so popular third album of Let Em Burn. Despite the one album, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, B.G. and Turk are still some of the best individual southern rappers of all time.




10. Bone Thugs N Harmony

While putting Cleveland on the map long before Lebron James, some of the best hip hop music was created on their top three albums, Art of War, E. Eternal 1999 and Creepin on ah Come Up, which consisted of “Crossroads”, “1st of the Month”, “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”, “For the Love of Money”, and “If I Could Teach The World”.

11.  Migos

Migos are without a doubt the hottest hip hop act of the 2010s and 2020s and maybe the most popular rap group of all time as the group that consists of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff had a monopoly within the rap game during the 2010s.

12. A Tribe Called Quest

Led by Q Tip, this East Coast group had a number of gold and platinum albums throughout the 1990s, with the most memorable being The Low End Theory.

13. The Diplomats

Led by Cam’ron, this Harlem rap group became famous during the reign of Roc-A-Fella with the classic Diplomatic Immunity album.  Consisting of Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and numerous affiliates, the Diplomats had a major influence on hip hop culture during their time on top of the rap game.

14. The Roots

With Black Thought being one of the best lyricist of all time this Philadelphia hip hop group led by the production and sound from a live band with the likes of legendary drummer Questlove and other musicians has given them an everlasting fan base.

15. Mobb Deep

Queensbridge’s finest as the duo of Prodigy and Havoc created a handful of classic hip-hop hits, like “Shook Ones” and “Quiet Storm”, through multiple eras of the rap game.

16. De La Soul

With releasing classic projects from the late 1980s and well into the 2010s this laid back soulful hip hop group has been widely praised for an unique sound and being incomparable to any other hip hop act.

17. The Lox

Entering the game under Bad Boy Records with the classic album Money Power Respect, the Lox would later have individual successful careers with Jadakiss, Sheek, and Styles P all solidifying themselves as true lyricists.

18. Naughty By Nature

Naughty by Nature will always be the memorable hip hop artists from New Jersey. Featuring Treach and Vin Rock, the group created some of most iconic hip hop songs of all time, from “OPP” to “Hip Hop Hooray”.

19. MOP

The Mashed Out Posse hailing from Brooklyn is probably the most underrated rap group on the list, but with the hit songs like “Ante Up”, “How Bout Some Hardcore”, “Cold as Ice” or “Blood Sweat Tears”, M.O.P easily holds their own.

20. Def Squad

An iconic rap group as Redman, Eric Sermon and Keith Murray consisted of this short lived but very classic East Coast hip hop group.

*21. Westside Connection

Another West Coast rap group that once consisted of Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC may not have had a long run, but did release a couple classical projects and solidify the group as West Coast legends.

*22. 8Ball & MJG

A pioneer group from the South and were some of the first southern artists to go beyond being local, this Memphis hip hop group is a true definition of southern hip hop with Comin Out Hard, In Our Lifetime, Space Age 4 Eva, or Livin Legends albums.




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