Top 20 Best Rap Groups of All Time
A list that ends all debates on who are the best hip hop groups of all-time, expanding from the 1980s into the 2010s. Since hip hop’s existence, rap groups have played an important 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.
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 pioneering hip hop group out of Queens, New York, not only were Run DMC number one during their reign at the top of the rap game, but the trio helped influence the culture and expanded hip hop across the country during the 1980s. Overall, the three individuals of Rev. Run, DMC and the late Jam Master Jay played a major role in the global growth of hip hop.
N.W.A, featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, 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 in Dr. Dre and one of the best lyricist and storytellers of all-time in Ice Cube.
4. Wu-Tang Clan
A large super group from Staten Island, New York, along with 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, the likes of Method Man, Raekwon, Ol Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killa and more.
5. Public Enemy
A powerful rap group during the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Public Enemy was a true representation for the people. Chuck D, with hip hop’s most iconic hype man in Flavor Flav, led one of hip hop’s most important eras, an era of conscious rap.
6. Geto Boys
Southern hip hop cannot be mentioned without its forefathers, the Geto Boys. The Geto Boys, along with J Prince and Rap A Lot Records, helped pioneered and introduced southern rap music through the greats Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill.
Two rap artists from the state of Texas by the name of Pimp C and Bun B would eventually become your favorite rappers favorite rappers. Releasing one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, Ridin Dirty, and one of the most popular hip hop songs of all time, “International Players Anthem,” UGK’s legacy has been well solidified, producing classics from the early 1990s to the late 2000s.
8. Three 6 Mafia
The real inventors of crunk music, Three 6 Mafia, with production from Juicy J and DJ Paul, became known for some of the best club bangers, “Tear Da Club Up,” “Hit A…,” “Don’t Stand So Close,” “Who Run It,” “Sippin on Some Syrup,” “Stay Fly,” and many more. Today, Three 6 Mafia has become the most sampled and imitated rap group of their time.
9. Bone Thugs N Harmony
While putting the city of Cleveland on the map, long before Lebron James, some of the best 1990s hip hop music was created on Bone Thugs N Harmony’s top three albums, Art of War, E. Eternal 1999 and Creepin on ah Come Up. These three albums consisted of “Crossroads,” “1st of the Month,” “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” “For the Love of Money,” and “If I Could Teach The World.”
10. 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 became southern rap royalty.
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Migos are without a doubt were the hottest hip hop acts of the 2010s and by the start of the 2020s. Possibly the most popular rap group of all time, with their reach reaching far throughout pop culture and mainstream media, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff had a monopoly on the rap game during the 2010s.
12. A Tribe Called Quest
Led by Q Tip, along with Phife Dawg, Jabori White, and Ali Shaheed, this East Coast group that hailed from Queens, New York had a number of gold and platinum albums throughout the 1990s, with the most memorable being The Low End Theory. In all, A Tribe Called Quest’s career led to the hits of “Can I Kick It?” “Electric Relaxation,” “Check The Rhime,” “Scenario,” and many more.
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 a time when the South was beginning to takeover rap and New York City was starting to lose its crown.
14. Mobb Deep
Queensbridge’s finest, the duo of Prodigy and Havoc created a handful of classic hip-hop hits, like “Shook Ones,” “Survival of the Fittest,” “Get Away,” and “Quiet Storm,” during multiple eras of the rap game.
15. 2 Live Crew
Known for club and party music, Luke Skyywalker, Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx, and Brother Marquis changed the music industry, and have received little credit for it. Debuting during the 1980s, the explicit music that Miami based group released led to the creation of the Parental Advisory label on all albums that were not perceived for audiences outside of adults. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, 2 Live Crew were part of classics like Banned in the U.S.A. and As Nasty as They Wanna Be.
16. De La Soul
Releasing classic projects from the late 1980s to the 2010s, this laid back soulful hip hop group of Posdnuos, Trugoy, and Maseohas, hailing from Long Island, New York, has been widely praised for a progressive sound and often being incomparable to any other in hip hop.
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, while continuing to release several projects as a group, eventually solidifying themselves as some of the best lyricists of 2000s hip hop.
18. Naughty By Nature
Naughty by Nature will always be the memorable hip hop artists from the state of New Jersey. Featuring Treach and Vin Rock, the group of Naughty By Nature created two of hip hop’s most iconic songs, “OPP” an “Hip Hop Hooray.”
The Mashed Out Posse out of Brooklyn, New York 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,” and “Blood Sweat Tears”, M.O.P’s Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze easily held their own.
20. 8Ball & MJG
A pioneer group from Memphis, Tennessee, 8Ball and MJG were some of the first southern artists to go beyond being local. The two became a true definition of southern hip hop with albums Comin Out Hard, In Our Lifetime, Space Age 4 Eva, or Livin Legends albums.
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**No Order. Artists placement is a combination on a number of hits, longevity, impact, legacy, and current streams and views.**