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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 the best Hip Hop groups, from the 1980s into the 2000s, a list of the best of all time from past to present within the rap group category.

1. Outkast

With numerous of classic hits Outkast can be considered as one of the best musical acts of all-time with singles that include Ms. Jackson, Hey Ya, So Fresh So Clean, Rosa Parks, The Way You Move, BOB, The Whole World, Me and You, Players Ball and many more.

2. Run DMC

Run DMC, a pioneer hip hop group out of Queens, New York helped influence the culture and expanded hip hop across the country during the 1980s through three individuals Rev. Run, DMC and the late Jam Master Jay.

3. NWA

NWA, featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube introduced the world to Gangster Rap and were the true starters for West Coast Hip Hop, even after many would leave the group and continue their success through their own solo careers.

4. Public Enemy

Public Enemy, a powerful rap group of the late 1980s and early 1990s that truly represented the people and the community as Chuck D, with hype man Flavor Flav, led an era of conscious rap.

5. Wu-Tang Clan

Wu Tang, a large group from Staten Island, New York would later consist of some of the best Hip Hop producers and artists of all-time with the likes of Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, Ol Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killa and more with hits like CREAM, Protect Ya Neck and others.

6. Geto Boys

Geto Boys, the pioneers of Southern Hip Hop as J Prince of Rap A Lot helped introduced this southern rap group, which consisted of artists like Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill.

7. UGK

UGK, Pimp C and Bun B from Texas would eventually become your favorite rapper favorite rappers with one of the best albums of all time, Ridin Dirty and best singles of all time, International Players Anthem.

8. Three 6 Mafia

Three 6 Mafia, the real inventors of crunk music as Three 6 Mafia, with Juicy J, DJ Paul and others, 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 more.

9. Hot Boys

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. Juvenile, Lil Wayne, B.G. and Turk are still some of the best individual southern rappers of all time.

10. Bone Thugs N Harmony

Bone Thugs N Harmony, while putting Cleveland on the map before Lebron, some of the best hip hop music of all time was created on their top albums of Art of War, E. Eternal 1999 and Creepin on ah Come Up, which consisted of Crossroads, 1st of the Month, Thuggish Ruggish Bone, If I Could Teach The World and more.

11.  Migos

Migos are without a doubt the hottest hip hop act of the 2010s and maybe the most popular rap group of all time the Migos have had a monopoly in the rap game for the 2010s.

12. A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest, led by Q Tip, this East Coast group had a number of gold and platinum albums throughout the 1990s.

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 as this group consisted of Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and had numerous affiliates, while also having a major influence on the streets across the country during the time on top.

14. The Roots

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 Questlove and other musicians has given them an everlasting fan base.

15. Mobb Deep

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, during multiple eras of the rap game.

16. De La Soul

De La Soul, with releasing classic music since the late 1980s and well into the 2010s this laid back soulful Hip Hop group has been widely praised for an unique sound.

17. The Lox

The Lox, entering the game under Bad Boy Records with the hit single Money Power Respect, would later have individually great careers with Jadakiss, Sheek, and Styles P all solidifying themselves as some of the best lyricist of alll-time.

18. Naughty By Nature

Naughty BY Nature was one of the biggest Hip Hop acts from New Jersey featuring Treach and Vin Rock.  The group created some of most memorable hip hop songs of all time, from OPP to Hip Hop Hooray.

19. MOP

MOP, Mashed Out Posse hailing from Brooklyn is probably the most underrated rap group with the hit singles of Ante Up, How Bout Some Hardcore, Cold as Ice, and other real street hits like Blood Sweat Tears, which was played during the Belly movie.

20. Def Squad

Def Squad, an iconic rap group due to the fact Redman, Eric Sermon and Keith Murray consisted of this short lived but very classic East Coast hip hop group.

*21. Westside Connection

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

*22. 8Ball & MJG

8Ball & MJG, a pioneer group of the South and some of the first southern artist to go beyond locally, this Memphis, or Orange Mound, 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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