Most Influential Rap Groups of All-Time


The Top Ten

1 N.W.A N.W.A N.W.A was an American hip hop group from Compton, CA. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.

Rap would be nothing like it was today without NWA, they stuck the middle finger to authority and made sure everyone in America saw it.

The world's most dangerous group. N.W.A. literally had to fight for their right to express themselves. Not even threats from the FBI could keep them from publicly indicting the powers that be or calling out racist cops. These Compton boys were vicious, unapologetic, and vividly outspoken. - anthonybecerra831

The Beastie Boys might be the best rao group of all time, but they wouldn't exist if it wasn't for N.W.A. introducing the world to rap. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

2 Wu-Tang Clan Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Cappadonna.

They brought a style that had never been seen before, as hip-hop was dominated by jazzy beats and afrocentric beats until that point. Their groundbreaking album Enter the 36 Chambers changed hip hop completely and was an inspiration to most of the rappers around today

The Clan had so many characters, each with his own eccentricities. They were fearless in their approach. - anthonybecerra831

3 Run-DMC Run-DMC Run-DMC was an American pioneering hip hop group consisting of Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay. They were formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2002 after Jam Master Jay was murdered.

The most influential rap group and undeniably one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all-time is unquestionable. - anthonybecerra831

4 Beastie Boys Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys are an American Rap/Rock group that was formed in 1981 by its three original members, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch.

The best, and most successful rap group of all time.

The Beastie Boys were among the legion of trailblazers who left an indelible impression on a generation of rappers to follow. - anthonybecerra831

Without a doubt the best rap group ever.

Simply the best - end of story.

5 Public Enemy Public Enemy Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, and the S1W group.

The most political rap group to ever bust a rhyme. They were truly larger than life - anthonybecerra831

6 A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest were an American hip-hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Was the most successful of their Native Tongues brethren, thanks, in part, to their consistency. - anthonybecerra831

7 The Roots The Roots The Roots is an American hip hop group, formed in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Hip-hop's first legitimate band defies genres as well as comparisons - anthonybecerra831

8 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is an American hip hop group from Cleveland, Ohio. It consists of rappers Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone.

This is a list made by a dumb ass end of story - JCchrom3

Very underrated group, mostly because they stayed loyal to their roots and are one of the realest to every spit on the mic. Definitely the best rap group ever, period, in my books.

Best rap group of all-time!

They created a sound that was both original and inimitable, Eazy-E's gift to the rap world. - anthonybecerra831

9 2 Live Crew 2 Live Crew The 2 Live Crew was an American hip-hop group from Miami, Florida. They caused considerable controversy with the sexual themes in their work, particularly on their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.

They weren't lyrical wizards, but their thunderous booty bops helped popularize rap music worldwide. - anthonybecerra831

10 D12 D12 D12, an initialism for The Dirty Dozen, was an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. D12 has had chart-topping albums in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

The Contenders

11 Salt-N-Pepa Salt-N-Pepa 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 1985 and was one of the first all-female rap groups.

Proved that women could do just as good as men could. broke the gender barrier in the rap world. - anthonybecerra831

12 Fugees Fugees The Fugees were an American RnB and hip hop group consisting of Lauryn Hill, Wycelf Jean and Pras Michael, all three contributing vocals, songwriting and production, active from 1992 to 1997 . During that time they released two studio albums, “Blunted on Reality” and “The Score”, the latter more.
13 OutKast OutKast Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping more.
14 The Sugarhill Gang

How is The Sugarhill Gang not even on the list? Rapper's Delight put rap on the maps. Most of these groups wouldn't even exist if these guys never spat out the funky verses of their 1979 hit. - HardRockSam

15 Three 6 Mafia Three 6 Mafia Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee, signed to Columbia Records. The group was formed by DJ Paul, Lord Infamous, and Juicy J in 1991 and was at first known as Triple 6 Mafia.
16 Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd Rae Sremmurd is an American hip hop duo, composed of two brothers, Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown (born June 7, 1995) and Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown (born December 29, 1993). They are best known for their platinum singles "No Flex Zone" and "No Type". They are signed to Mike WiLL Made-It's label, "EarDrummer more.

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17 Mobb Deep Mobb Deep Mobb Deep was an American hip hop music duo from Queensbridge Houses, New York. The group consisted of Havoc and Prodigy, and were a hardcore East Coast hip hop group.
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