Top 10 Best Rap Groups of All Time

The Top Ten
1 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.

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... "Wu-Tang is the Greatest. Wu-Tang is for the Children".

2 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.

With Dr. Dre who was very good in rapping just as in producing, Ice Cube's well timed lyrical flow/rhymes which never failed. MC Ren very exotic and better than Tupac BEFORE Biggie &Tupac's rise (after N.W.A had disbanded) and Eazy E had the sound of the rarest (and equally engaging voice), I say this group swept all before them along side but NOT below Wu Tang. They inspired a 2 decades of cult followers. Way to go.

No rap group has ever been than NWA. Everyone knows that they are listening to the world's most dangerous group when they hear it. They made amazing music as a group, had great solo careers, and made careers for so many new rappers (Mainly by Dr. Dre at Aftermath) This includes Eminem, 50Cent and Snoop Dogg. The greatest group in history. Wish they never broke up. Stupid Jerry

Let's Face It.Hip Hop Wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for NWA. they had to overcome a lot more than any other hip hop group. Almost all of there songs have a meaning even though it may seem they don't. And let's also not forget that this group has made more successful solo rappers than any other hip hop group. Dr dre, Ice Cube, Eazy El And Mc Ren.These guys made magic that hasn't gotten old even after 28 years.songs like Straight Outta Compton, Gangsta Gangsta, 100 Miles And Runnin, F the Police And Express Yourself Never get old. Wu Tang Clan? 2nd By A long shot

3 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.

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!

These guys are the true public enemy against all those big corporations and all those government people who care about nothing but themselves. Public enemy raps the truth in their music and is still going strong even today. Nobody beats public enemy, not even the wu-tang clan.

4 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 to popularize Southern hip hop while developing distinctive personas and experimenting with diverse... read more

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.

5 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.

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!

6 Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys were 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.

Beastie boys are honestly way more insightful and creative than the rest of the top ten (besides outkast and wu tang). Though ill give it to you that license to ill wasnt the most lyrical of albums but pauls boutique and so on are great albums. Pauls boutique has more consistency than any Eminem or d12 album, check your head has a better message then any Eminem album ill communication has better beats and structure, people judge the beastie boys based on the 2 songs they've heard, but in reality they're just so much better than all of these other groups. Also Eminem isn't even the best white rapper in my book

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...

7 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.

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.

Ask yourself one question. How many of these groups music do you still listen to today? ATCQ could re-release a digitally remastered "Midnight Maruaders" and it'd go platinum... Ay Yo, Swing Swing Swing... Chop, Chop, Chop!

Huge influence on hip hop. Consistently awesome music. One of the best rap albums of all time. What more could you ask for?

8 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.

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

The only group that could consistently keep up with Eminem, where I would argue that Proof outdid Em in many songs too. Best group to ever do it bringing entire funny stories while still being incredibly lyrical and flows that are insane.
Eminem's best time was in D12 too.

, 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.

9 Run-D.M.C. 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.

Though I don't thinl they're the best out there come on people they at least deserve respect. They're years in hip hop (along with the beastie boys) produced nothing short of the blueprint for basically any hip hop you see today (look at your favorite rappers influences and they always get traced back to either ll, beastie boys or run dmc)

Run-DMC defined what rap was all about. You can't touch My Adidas. Peter Piper is STILL one of the banginest records ever. I'm the King Of Rock, there is none higher. They paved the way for everybody.

They were the first successful rappers. Why is 50 Cent so popular on this site it doesn't make sense. I get it he got shot nine times but doesn't make him a good rapper.

10 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.

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.

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

Their second and third albums alone could solidify them as top 10. Throw in their legacy and influence on the culture and a series of successful albums and tours till Prodigy's unfortunate death last year, and they secure their place as top 10.

I love this cats they had drama ass music for the 90s, straight war music their music was like theme music when some was about to go down classic albums the infamous, hell on earth and Murda Muzik straight head bangers and havoc is one hell of a producer too.

That was real rap from the 90's. This sort of rap will never die. Listen to Shook ones and there will be no doubt!

12 Bad Meets Evil

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.

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.

13 Eric B. & Rakim

The God mc is the greatest of all time rakim change the game when he came out, he elevated game with his vocabulary, no one was dropping knowledge in their rhyme like he was,if you what to know how real mc is suppose to spit go back listen to paid in full, follow the leader,let the rhythm hit em and sweat the tec. All classic albums. Rakim is the greatest all times

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!

Where the hell is Grandmaster flash and the furious 5. They had the best rap song in the 80s! Listen to The Message, melle mel is amazing and g- master flashy production is sick!

14 Gang Starr

Guru is like an uncrowned king when it comes to rap. He was one of the best lyricists who never got the credit he was due. For real, he was the most underrated MC. If you listen to his early albums like Step into the Arena, Daily Operation, Hard to Earn, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and The Moment of Truth, you will agree that Guru deserves to be in the top 5 when it comes to being one of the greatest lyricists of all time. He sounds so intellectual on the mic and has one of the best voices. He was streetwise in his records. And when it comes to that real street-level, real hip-hop sound, DJ Premier is the greatest of all time. Listen to the tracks on Jeru the Damaja's album The Sun Rises in the East, and you will agree with me that Premier is the greatest hip-hop producer of all time. He made tracks for everybody in the rap game, from the East Coast to the West Coast. His tracks are all-time classics.

15 Hieroglyphics

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.

16 Outlaw Immortalz

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..

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.

17 Fort Minor

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.

Man listen to their lyrics. The truth is so real these guys need to be higher even thought they only have one album unfortunately.

Fort Minor is my favorite rap group EVER. Close second is FloBots but these guys are amazing. The fact that they only have one album pisses me of though. Wonder why they stopped... :/

18 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill is an American hip hop group from South Gate, California. Cypress Hill was the first Latino American hip hop recording group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide.

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 possess. I say give this band at LEAST #7 position.

These guys, NWA, and Beastie boys are the best rap groups ever, individually not the best, but not bad either.

They have skill on the mic and on the turn tables, they keep to what they know and are great at it.

19 Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse is bad meets evil plus crooked burden and Ortiz. I consider Eminem a member of slaughterhouse (session one, asylum, throw that, psychopath killer, our house etc.) I like them better than D12 because with D12, it was always eminm, proof and then waiting to see what unholy, but hysterical stuff bizarre would say, but the others were average. Slaughterhouse has 5 solid contributors. Their like the avengers of rap.

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.

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!

20 Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, also known by the initialism RTJ, is an American hip hop duo consisting of rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike.

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.

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

Should be higher

21 The Fugees

One of the greatest hiphop groups ever. Lauryn hill is one of the best female mc to ever bless the mic plus wyckef has amazing production. Better then gunot!

The birthplace of miss Lauryn Hill.

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

22 De La Soul

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.

So overlooked, like water. You hardly notice it, but we all benefit from it.

Amazing rap group. Should be 1

23 Jedi Mind Tricks

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.

Some of their earlier albums sit alongside the likes of Illmatic and Enter the Wu-Tang as achievements in hip hop.

Amazing production, incredible rappers (well, not just Allah nowadays) what more could you ask for?

24 The Sugarhill Gang

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

Not a big fan of them but they should be higher than 36 because they created Hip Hop.

These guys were the pioneers of hip hop and are not even in the top ten. Sad.

25 Styles of Beyond

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.

Underrated band... They have amazing songs... Superstars was the sountrack of Need For Speed Most Wanted...

Best rap group ever... Should be in the top ten at least...

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