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.

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

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 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 Run-DMC Run-DMC

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

3 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.

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

4 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

5 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 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.

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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

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

8 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

9 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.

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

10 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

The Contenders

11 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.
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