Best Rap Groups
The Top Ten Best Rap Groups
I’m not really that big a fan of rap, but I can confidently say that N.W.A is without a doubt one of the best and most influential rap groups of all time, as well as being my favorite. - Catacorn
They are definitely the best rap group ever the combination of Dre, Cube, Eazy, Ren, Yella, and Arabian Prnce, is amazing
First rap song I ever heard was from these guys. They made me fall in love with rap.24years later they are number 1 group of all time!
N.W. A are the founders of gangster rap. To this say nobody has a record that compares to the great beats, message and lyrics of Straight Outta Compton definitely the best rap group to ever walk the earth - C-dark13
No one can touch the Wu Tang Clan. They drop classic albums nearly every time and everyone in this group is a true emcee. When these 9 rappers spit together, their rhymes are just magic and create masterpieces such as Cream, Reunited, Triumph, the Mystery of Chessboxin, and Protect Ya Neck. No other rap group can claim to have the influence and the catalog to back it up within the hip-hop game as the Wu Tang has shown. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Method Man, RZA, GZA, Masta Killah, and ODB(R.I.P. ) each can rhyme tight circles around these coward rappers today getting promotions such as Tyga and Wale. It wouldn't even be fair to compare the greatest rap group of all time to losers who couldn't even drop a good line if their lives depend on it. Not only do the Wu drop classic albums together, but they can drop masterful albums in their own solo careers as well. Like Ol Dirty Bastard said when he famously interrupted the Grammy Awards to speak the truth... ...more - SoulofTheLegends
How did D12 and G Unit and Outlawz get here... The Wu is definitely THE greatest hip hop group of all time. Their classic albums spawned classics. Just one of these albums would beat the whole discography of Lil Wane, G Unit and D12 combined:
Enter The Wu-Tang (humouristic, ear-shattering, gritty, hardcore and occasionally soulful sound)
Tical (a darker tone than Enter The WuTang)
Liquid Swords (a stone cold, ill and metaphor fest)
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (a hardcore, criminologic and bombing album that'll make your head bobble the whole time)
Ironman (a mix of OB4CL and Liquid Swords. Keeps the grimy sound of LQ and the mafioso feel of OB4CL)
Wu-Tang Forever (An orchestral, majestic, powerful sound which displays all of the Wu's talent into one album)
Supreme Clientele (a hardcore album that'll make you want to murder your family)
No Said Date (a masterpiece which revived the Clan after several disappointing albums)
PE, NWA and Bone Thugs are good but Wu-Tang has to be the greatest. Every MC in here got lyrical talent especially Ghostface and Deck. Only Em, Proof and Swifty are good in D12.
They bomb atomically. So many members with the best lyrical competitions
One of the most influential artists in Conscious/Political Hip Hop. Chuck D is great. Oh, and the Bomb Squad(Production crew)make some of the most fantastic production in old Hip Hop. - DarkBoi-X
Even though groups like NWA, Bone Thugs and Wu Tang were great, PE deserves to be number 1. Public Enemy was one of those groups that changed the face of hip-hop and gave it a distinct political message. Every emcee respects Chuck D and listens to what he has to say, because of his legendary Hip-Hop status. Flava Flav (even though he lost his mind) continues to be the worlds greatest hype man and actually employs B-Boyin unlike a lot of hypemen these days. They also inspired groups in other genres such as Rage Against the Machine in hard rock/metal. They always drop real knowledge with true certified hip-hop! - PrincelyVirtu
As Much I Us To Love N. W. A, PE Are What True Hip Is About. - copkiller
They had the best rap poet and the best hype man. - wideup
Some people like to say Wu Tang's and NWA's music has never been recreated ever, but just sit and think. Have you ever heard a reproduction of the Bone Thugs? Well If your telling the truth, then you would say "Hell No"
Everything about the Bone Thugs Is 100% Original. The music, the style, the beats, all original. And never once have they ever changed their style for any reason. They are true to the bone and they are still raping to this day!
They spit fast as hell In all of their songs, without even putting 100% effort into It, and they are still known as one of the fastest rap groups of all time. Plus, they love their fans to death. Always talking to their fans on Facebook and twitter and saying whats up, whats not to like about the Bone Thugs?
They have rapped with every major rapper there ever was, Tupac, Big, etc. They are truly the #1 best rap group of all time In my eyes and will always be! Bone Thugs for life! EST for life! I love you Cleveland!
Unique, one of the best groups of all time. Trully amazing, just listen to their music.
Bone thugs are without a doubt the most talented group on this list. Unfortunately from listening to their discography you may not comprehend, because with the success of Crossroads they were put in a box by record labels, and from then on out, viewed as a cash machine for labels to put out pop singles and albums full of bland radio hits. But even on their worst albums they have gems, and a massive amount of high quality unreleased material. They are a unique and spiritual hip hop group.
This is one of the most innovative, and talented groups to come out of the "golden age" of hip hop. They're also criminally underrated. They sounded like no one! They didn't change their sound either. These young men were SO respected that even the greats wanted to work with them! These men created their OWN lane in the high-traffic era of the mid 90s. I strongly believe that had they come New York or LA and were signed to Death Row or Bad Boy, Bone would be considered one THE best rap groups period!
Lyrics, rhymes, beats, soul, personality, creativity, originality, social and cultural awareness, and vision; Outkast had it all, and more. There's an Outkast song for everyone and every occasion. Their music wasn't just hood, or Southern, or club, or mainstream, or underground, or old school, or new school, or rap, or hip-hop music. It simply was, and will always be, great music. It wasn't music for only one race or culture, but poetry and art for anyone. It was fun and serious, chill and hype, smooth and rough, light and dark. Big Boi and Andre 3000 weren't just lyricists and rappers, they were true artists and absolute originals. There's not one person, whom appreciates rap/hip-hop/urban music or any similar genre or sub-genre, who doesn't like at least one Outkast song. There are many incredibly talented groups and solo artists in the history of rap/hip-hop, whose impact and influence can never be questioned, but Outkast will always be at the top of my list of favorites.
I am outraged! Outkast is easily top 3.. along with Bone and NWA. - djphilgood3
Number ten. Are you kidding me! Easily top three, in my opinion number one.
The fact that Outkast isn't top 3 (at least) is outrageous. Big Boi's delivery is better than 99% of rappers out there and Andre 3000 is easily among the top 3 lyricists of all time.
This list gives absolutely zero consideration to production. Tribe are the greatest bar none, Ali Shaheed Muhammad's beats are so unique and Phife and Q-tip, what more could you need!? Seriously... G-Unit? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? - itsalways420
tribe should be top 5 easy.. midnight marauders might be top 2 rap albums ever. - LsingStreak
Probably the biggest influence on hip hop ever
They should be in the top 5 at least. I'll go as far to say top 3. They had great lyrics that went with the flow. They knew how to rap, and they did it to perfection.
Anybody who doesn't consider them AT LEAST "in the conversation" for best rap group of all-time either: is under the age of 25, and/or has no respect for music that "came before" what is popular now, AND/OR discount's and disrespects them for being white and Jewish and thinks that just because of that, they don't deserve to be in the conversation. No other explanations...
No rap group on this list can match the Beasties run of sheer greatness. From first to last, all their albums are top notch amazing. and the first three are all-time landmarks of music. Mix in their incredible diversity and creativity and it's game over.
Started off as a joke, ended as a legend. Having said that, License To Ill now sounds like a groundbreaker like all the rest of their albums, just with a little less artistic ambition. Albums like Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head are as good as anyone elses best, and the rest of their albums? ALSO INCREDIBLE. Special love to The 5 Boroughs which gets talked down by some critics but is absolutely great.
Boys are the best. More creative and consistent than the top 4 on this list by a country mile - straight gold from beginning to end. Don't forget the tartar sauce you crab rappers!
Royce has got a lot of talant. Same with Em, he wasn't so trash back then.
, D12 is the best group ever! No one can beat these guys! They just so awesome! Its sad that Proof died but they can and will go on kicking other groups butts! The only groups that could probably be better D12 is Dirty Boyz.
D12 is the greatest group and will thump, Bone Thugs and Beastie Boys! eminem is platinum!
Yes they may only be known because of Eminem, but either way, they were gonna make it anyway. All of these guys are lyrical (maybe except Bizarre) but D12 was all about coming up with the funniest weirdest stuff you could think of but at the same time be lyrical. Bizarre could do that, but the others are all talented rappers and are overlooked as a group because of Eminem. RIP Proof
They should be 1 because they made better songs than any other rap groups
Based on one of the 1st rap groups to get serious air play and the longevity of their career it's a damned shame they're not #1!
What the heck!? This low. Are you kidding me!? Best hip hop group ever!
Run DMC is so much better than D12, they invented Hip Hop literally, and should be within the top 4, rolling stones even named them 48 on the greatest artists of all time, and called them "The Beatles of Hip Hop" - robertoantonioortuso
Way better than Tribe. Black Thought and Malik B are far superior lyricists and MC's than Q-Tip. - DaWyteNight
This is the best rap ever I believe. They are the total package! They play instruments, have real emcees, and stay true to the hip-hop culture. They never sold out. In fact, there newer stuff is just as good if not better than their older stuff. Black Thought, the lead emcee of the group is a very dope emcee, and his rhymes are some of the best that hip-hop has to offer. Their music continues to elevate real hip-hop despite the fake trends out there. The raised the bar to a new level. - CrossRoad
Undoubtedly the best rap group. They stick true to their name and continue to put out classic music for over the span of 15yrs. Black Thought is a genius and can deliver lyrically on any track. People need to recognize his talent. The rest of the group is dope too, and they can play their own instruments since, which really is a bonus in the age of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. I think they definitely deserve a nod for the greatest rap group of all time. Anyone unfamiliar with them should listen to How I Got over to understand why I they deserve to be on top. - InhaleDeep
They deserve to be the best, hands down. They put out timeless music and Black Thought is an amazing rapper, that can cut to heart of an emotion or issue. No other group comes close to what they have done lyrically or musically. Not only are they a rap group, but they are a band as well that creates their original beats and style of production. No other group comes close! How I Got Over, and their latest album, Undun, prove this! - Revenant24
Most influental rap group of all time. Legendary songs like paid in full and I ain't no joke and awesome albums like paid in full. Old group with no long but untoughable careers. Also, it has rakim, one of the best mcs ever!
This are the best they redefined hip hop and what it means to be a good lyricist. He evolved it from simple rhymes using internal and multi syllabllic rhymes
Eric B. & Rakim includes Rakim. There should be no discussion here.
Should be in the top 10 - germshep24
The Infamous Mobb Deep. A great lyricists and some of the best beats of all time.
I like mobb deep and I like his lyrics and how he wants to represent bloods and how he talks about it in shook ones and explains so much like for example half way crooks
Love early mobb deep. Of course the infamous is a classic and a top 20 hip-hop album but hell on earth was a classic to and muda muzik is very good itself. - ChrisHenry
The Pinnacle of East Coast Rap. Untouchable. Immortal. Powerful. 1990's ERA!
Guru was one of the best lyricists ever, and dj premier is the best producer in hip-hop EVER
Swizz BeATz is actually the greatest producer of all time but he's not good for me
Yes Gang Starr is the best rap group ever.
How is gang star not in the top 5 or at least top ten guru had awesome lyrics he sometimes would school his self in rap songs and dj premier
Damn I'm just going to say that they rapped really fast. Hands down man. I think the should at least make it to Top 10 Royce and Eminem one of the best duos. You don't always need a group to kill some times you just need 2 to ill.
Bad meets Evil has had some great songs - living proof, fast lane, above the law - really most of hell the sequel album was really good. They've had some lyrical genius, and some speedy lyrics. But do I think they're the best? No. Don't get me wrong, I love this duo. Eminem is one of my favorite rappers of all time. Royce is great too. But they really haven't made that many songs together, and they even beefed for a while, with Eminem & D12 and Royce & slaughterhouse (slaughterhouse is better than D12 as well). Anyway, they aren't the closest group, similar to that of Easy and N.W.A. Great songs a lot, but not the best team or the most songs. Overall, they're a great duo and you should definitely check them out, but I don't think they're the best duo.
Best hip-hop duo ever. I wonder why they aren't in the top 10 list.
Number 1 man they rock
Hiero should be number 3 on this list after D12 and Wu-tang just listen to their songs it's great.
Casual, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Domino, Pep Love, A-Plus, Opio, Tajai, Phesto, DJ Toure, Snupe, Mike G, Jay-Biz. Most of them are unknown but still the third best rap group ever in my opinion.
The Outlawz in my opinion make the best music out of any of the groups. One of the problems is they are living under the shadow of arguably the best rapper of all time. Some people expect to have an unreleased Pac verse on every song they do. People need to give them a proper listen to, because far too long the industry has black balled them. Yes Wu tang are amazing emcees and are well respected because of their skills, for me the Outlawz make better songs. Here's some songs to check out below;
The Outlawz - Black Rose, Pushing on, Our life, Remember me, Real talk many more..
2Pac yaki kadafi E.D.I mean kastro hussien fatal young noble lol this combo is one of the best you'll ever hear definitely in top5 in my opinion
The list is based on publicity. Outlaws immortals, tribe called quest Westside connection are all top 10. How is d12 there? Just because of Eminem. Kadafi, fatal and Napoleon were better than kuniva and the others. Nwa should be followed be Westside connection. Group with Tupac has to be 2nd. I admit the remaining outlaws now aren't decent, but the 3 I nentioned earlier are wild as hell! Kadafi was dope but died at like 19, raw talent gone early then just like Pac.
The Outlawz were and will always be the best. They were trained and directly influenced by the greatest rap legend 2PAC. Come on now! No one beats the Immortal Outlawz! - CollectiveRhythm
There Only Popular Because Of Remember The Name But I Still Think There The Greatest
You can just sit and listen to their album for hours, I wish they would make another one so I could listen to them a little bit longer
Its too bad they only have one album, but I think if they just released more they would become one of the best rap groups out there. 100% Reason To Remember The Name.
Mike Shinoda kills this album. One of few albums where I could enjoy ALL the songs!
These guys, NWA, and Beastie boys are the best rap groups ever, individually not the best, but not bad either.
G-Unit shouldn't be near the top ten, and DMC is only on here because of popularity/respect. Cypress Hill has all the skill these rappers don't posess. I say give this band at LEAST #7 position.
18!?! Hell no this is one of the most influencial and original hiphop groups who keept it real shuld be no1.Wu-tang or cypress hill
Hello my name is DR. Greenthumb
The Fugees aren't my favourite rap group but I voted for them anyway since I can't take it that they're so far down, should be 5-8 - KapiteinKaas
The birthplace of miss Lauryn Hill.
THIS LOW!? Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras pretty much redefined this genre!
Lauryn Hill Wyclef and Pras are just too good
True hip hop here. They are true masters of their craft. And they’re still going! Many groups will break up after a couple of years/albums, but de la soul are still at it.
Personal favorite hip-hop group
So overlooked, like water. You hardly notice it, but we all benefit from it.
One of the greatest rap groups helped develop blues rap and they had 6 albums 4 of which were fantastic
Infinitely better then D12
They should be at the top of the list 50 cent lost his mum got shot 9 times been jail came up from the bottom then sold 13 million records the 10 the next g unit is an amazing rap group everyone knows every person that's in the group and everyone sold records in the group and stronger enough to be solo artist I'm very offended there not in the top 5 you got groups above g unit that ain't sold records nowhere near g unit
g unit sold 20 million records with there album beg to mercy before that and still had the mixtape game on lock had there own trainers and they became a brand people still talk about g unit today g unit was my generations nwa
50 cent, lloyd banks, ton yayo, mobb deep, young buck all in 1 song! AWESOME
50 Cent of course! What else!
Love 50 Cent, Lloyd Bank, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd... Nice to see G-Unit BACK!
Are you kidding me. Slaughterhouse is lyrics, lyrics, and more lyrics. They are probably the best lyrical rap group ever. However, don't blame me if you get too hooked to them as I did. Once you start listening to them, there is no way out.
I'm feeling like they should be top five dead or alive and that's just off two LP's.
What? I truly think they ARE the best rap group ever. I bought welcome to our house & was blown away! And when Em is featured on a song its even sicker. Any member of slaughterhouse is lyrically better than Lil Wayne & YMCMB. Shady all the way! This is real rap!
There is very little real stuff out there anymore but this group is real as it gets. Lyrical geniuses, each one, especially Royce! They all can keep up with Eminem the greatest rapper ever so obviously they're good!
Why does everyone on these lists think Eminem is the best rapper ever? He's good, no doubt, but not as amazing as everyone rates him
Killer Mike and El-P are some of the best rappers of the 2010's. El-P is also a GOAT tier producer. Belong in the top 5 for sure. - DarkBoi-X
There is no way all of this can be on this list. what makes a rap group good and a rap group a group is the chemistry. groups without chemistry aren't really a group. that's what makes RTJ one of the best
Best new rap group that deserves to be at least 75
Should be higher
Best rap group ever... Should be in the top ten at least... - ImagineACoolUsernameHere
Very too much best
Underrated band... They have amazing songs... Superstars was the sountrack of Need For Speed Most Wanted... - sam117
Why is Styles of Beyond not on the list? Ryu and Tak are some of the best rappers out there. They have been rapping since the late 90's till now. Their songs superstars, second to none and sugar honey ice tea say it all.
Three 6 Mafia are the lords of Memphis and southern hip hop. Their early tapes, compilations, and their debut Mystic Stylez were horrorcore classics.
LORD INFAMOUS all I gotta Say!
U just gotta listen 2 kno they the bes
These guys literally were the first rap group ever, and they are not in the top 10 at least? Sad, these people only know the popular rappers and don't know their roots - venomouskillingmachine
These guys were the pioneers of hip hop and are not even in the top ten. Sad.
Not a big fan of them but they should be higher than 36 because they created Hip Hop. - DarkBoi-X
I'm surprised the creators of hip hop aren't higher - 9713524179
Technically, it's rap metal, so it counts... - ThatoneMetalhead
Technically, it's punk with rap (not metal). But yes, it counts because there's rap. - Metal_Treasure
Well they are Rap Rock so I guess they count.I mean Beastie Boys is Rap Rock too. - DarkBoi-X
THIS IS NOT RAP
Way better than outkast! Outkast are very overrated and Goodie Mob don't get enough respect. - DaWyteNight
Ok, Cee-lo is annoying as hell, ill give y'all that. But Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo have different skills that correspond well enough to produce 5 incredible albums (Soul Food, Still Standing, World Party, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show and Age Against The Machine.). They do not deserve 41, they at least deserve 5.
Amazing production, incredible rappers (well, not just Allah nowadays) what more could you ask for?
Production is incredible, Stoupe kills every track. Vinnie P. Is one of the best lyricists ever in my opinion. You need to check out some of their music.
They are the most underrated rap group of all time, hands down.
Some of their earlier albums sit alongside the likes of Illmatic and Enter the Wu-Tang as achievements in hip hop.
Should be much higher no respect for female rap groups - germshep24
Dang that's really high, people usually put them in top 10
Some of the best ladies of hip hop.
They are awesome!
The Complete BEST Group Of All Time! You Cannot Deny Biggie, Lil Cease and Let's Not Forget The Heavy Hitten Lil' Kim! She Was The Only Female in The Group and She Still Reigns The Queen Of Rap Till This Day (8/4/14)! And Biggie Still Reigns King!
The knights to the king that was biggie.
J5 is easily up there w/ NWA and Wu-Tang. They pioneered their own sound and had a FANTASTIC cast of MCs with crazy hot beats and variety of flows.
Just love their flow. So smooth
Had an big influence on other rap groups like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. And j5 just got super good flow in all of thear songs in my opinion they are the best rap group out thear
How is J5 NOT higher on this list? They should out rank so many of these groups. Gangstarr is good but Jurassic 5 is way better, should be up top with bone thugz, nwa, d12 and such
Come on...Elzhi was in this group! Much better than most of the "mainstream" groups at the top. - DaWyteNight
These guys I believe really made southern hip-hop take off in the mid 90's, which was its really its golden era. Scarface was the leader of this group and he is one of the best storytellers if not one of the greatest rappers of all time. All you little b rappers rhyming today need to listen to this guy, because he put it down like no other. Anyway, enough of my little rant for now. They are a great combination of emcees that can tell vivid and dark stories in a way that very few can imitate. These guys are real rappers. - PrincelyVirtu
They put the South on the map before any other group and outkast took off with it. - wideup
My minds playing tricks on me is a classic ghetto story
This is the rap of the South. The group that launched the career of one of the best rappers still in the game today, Scarface. Willie D. and Bushwick Bill create wonders in the sound booth. "Mind is Tricks on Me", "Yes, Yes, Ya'll", "G-Code". Great stuff.
Incredible first album!
Mos Def and Talib Kwalli were unstoppable together should be at least top 15 - germshep24
Should be in the top 10, truly unique old school rap, "The Message" is arguably the greatest rap song ever made - germshep24
Wow, way down here? You all know that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were among the original hip hop groups that started it all; famous for the song "The Message" which pretty much started the genre and influenced the generation that makes your favorite rap tunes. Grandmaster Flash practically invented Deejayin and Melle Mel was by far one of the dopest emcees of his day. Having them this low on the list shows how many rap fans have truly forgotten their roots.
Nobody appreciates old school rap. Period.
Trailblazers! These guys made most important rap song in hiphop history "the message". Legends!
Best, great, amazing, perfect, lovely, group in the world... No body can be bad with this group
We love this group & support it
The best Persian rappers are in this group
It's the best rap group in world
Best 4 ever
This group has amazing songs, when people listen to their songs addicted to them... They are amazing.
Zedbazi is the most perfect and amazing rap groups of all time. They are so creative and original. They music can give you a nostalgic sense that you can't ever let that feeling away.
This group is by far one of the most diverse groups today. You got mellowhype that raps about guns weed and bitches while you got frank ocean who is a R&B singer, Matt Martian and Syd the Kid (forgot their group name) who is about smooth music with a hint of darkness in it. Let's not forget about Mike G who raps about the real life in the ghetto. Tyler who reveals the darkest side of OF and Earl Sweatshirt who in my opinion is a BEAST, and then theirs the untalented yet funny guys Taco and Jasper who raps are horrible yet get you hyped up. These guys should really be in the top 20's at least
They are the future of hip-hop. They have been getting big since yonkers. They have they own T.V. show. And THey have a record label Odd Future Records. They are different from everyone else. They don't talk about how much money they got and they get girls and they got a mansion in the hills and all that stupid crap. They have some of the best beats in hip hop right now. They have good lyrics.
These guys should be way higher in the list. Tyler the Creator is a genius and EARLs a savant.
Are you kidding? Wolf was a masterpiece. Bastard was stupendous. They are super underrated because they get no radio play. Doris by earl is one of the best albums of 2013 by far honestly re- check the list
Those Are Really awesome I just Bought The Greatest Hits It's World Class
Here comes the money
Whom made more hiphop anthems than naughty hiphophooray!
Hip Hop Hooray and O.P.P. That says it all.
They suck - I80
They should be at least number 3. Fresh kid and brother Marquis make the funniest and stupidist songs. Stupid=funny
Personally they are number 2 right after N.W. A
Why ain't blackalicious higher on the list? They are probably one of the most philosophical and lyrical rap groups. They also have a great flo, unlike most of our gens rappers. (Besides Kendrick and other folks)
I mean come on, Gift of Gab is in this group! - DaWyteNight
How are they so low? Easily better than 90% of the groups above them. Just listen to the hard road album and you'll see why
Have to listen to these guys, they're awesome!
Hilltop hoods is the best aussie rap grop
Up up up up - ActOfGenesis
They're amazing but they're not just rap
it's DARE - Bobzthebozz