The Greatest Rap Groups of All Time! Of All Time!

“Me & The RZA connect!” – Kanye West.

If you know me well then you know that I live on the twitter. The past week I engaged in a discussion about the greatest rap group of  all time. I come from the school of hip hop that believes that if it isn’t Wu-Tang it isn’t hip hop! However I decided to dig in the crates last night as I sipped my Geezus Juice & discovered quite a few dope rap groups!

Now before you tear me apart some of the groups in my list are 1 time collaborators & rapper/ producer collaboz! So, without further ado, let’s go in!

20. Main Source: This group consisted of 2 wack ass Canadian DJs and the almighty Large Professor! Large Pro is the guy who produced “Life’s a bitch” on Nas’s monster album “Illmatic” which gave us AZ’s best verse & in essence the best verse on that album! Breaking Atoms was a classic but the group split up when Large Professor went solo!

Here’s the classic “Fakin the funk” which inspired Kanye West to become the great rap producer he is today.

19. SlaughterHouse: This group consists of Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz & Joe Budden. 2 of my favorite rappers make up this group but they’re at number 19 coz I think they can do better! The SlaughterHouse EP was dope but maybe being signed to Eminem’s Shady Records will yield some classic shit! Let’s wait & see.

Here’s one of their illest tunes but featuring Ludacris. Joell BODIED this beat!

18. Slum Village: This group must be the rap group with the most drama! That’s what happens with creatives though. J Dilla, one of the illest producers ever! The man who created the sound of Neo-Soul was a part of this group at 1 time. Then there was Baatin who lost his mind thanks to a bipolar disorder & schizophrenia. They both died. T3 & Elzhi still hold it down though, but I heard Elzhi wants out as well! Damn!

Here’s my favorite SV tune Tainted Love. No…not the rock song! 

17. BlackStar: Again to the uninitiated this group consisted of Mos Def & Talib Kweli. This is a supergroup! Mos Def didn’t even have an album out when he & Kweli dropped the classic “Mos Def & Kweli are BlackStar”. There’s a rumour that they’re working on another album to come out this year but it reeks of Detox if you ask me!

Here’s the jam they did that made me date Mo back in 99! Brown Skin Lady!

16. Das EFX: If anyone ever tells you that they’re a fan of Kenya’s KalaMashaka & they’ve never listened to this group then they’re a mothalovin liar! Das EFX are the reason K-Shaka had dreads, used to rap with the hiss sound like they were smoking Kush in the studio & used to say they came from the sewer!

Das EFX were dope but fizzled out when they switched their style thanks to biters like IllAlSkratch! I still bump “Dead Serious” & “Hold it down” when my music system feels like it! Here’s the classic “Real Hip Hop” from “Hold it down”.

15. D.I.TC: Yet again to the unitiated and the young, this was a super group! This is where I discovered Fat Joe. Believe it or not he was pretty dope back then! The group consisted of Lord Finesse, AG, Showbiz, Buckwild, Fat Joe, O.C. & Diamond D. This crew had beats & rhymes on lock! Buck went on to create one of my favorite albums & O.C. recorded one of my favorite rap songs “My world”. 

Here’s D.I.T.C. with Big Pun & KRS! Puns sounded like he was gonna die after his verse! Damn!

14. EPMD: This group made it onto the list coz of the influence they had on hip hop. Personally, I never fucked with EPMD that much. Anyway here goes. One of their more memorable jams You gots to chill!

13. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: This guy! This fuckin guy! I mean both of them by the way. DJ Jazzy Jeff is one of the illest producers & DJs I have ever had the pleasure to listen to! The Fresh Prince is one of the 1st rappers I fell in love with! No homo! Together they recorded a classic, apart, they suck more balls than my neighbourhood prostitute!

We will always have “He’s the DJ, I’m the rapper”. From that album sample “Brand New Funk”. I’m not gonna post summertime like every other loser! I’m sophisticated!

12. UGK: I’m a hip hop head but I only discovered this group coz of Jay-Z. Hov featured this group on his classic pimp anthem, “Big Pimpin”. Forgive me Hov but Bun B bodied you on that jam! I think that was the only time Hov has ever been murdered on his own shit!

The group died coz..well….Pimp C died. Yesterday was declared Bun B day in Houston so cheers to him! Here’s the classic “Pocket full of stones” that Wayne & Birdman jacked for “I sold my 1st key”.

11. RedmanMethodman: These 2 are like Beavis & Butthead! They were made for each other. The classic Blackout album proved this Wu-Tang Member & Def Squad Member could create great hip hop records in between Meth’s heavy drinking & Red’s Kush habit!

Here’s the classic How High!

10. De la Soul: My God! How far back do I & De La go back? I remember listening to “Me myself & I” on 3 feet High & rising when I was 11 years old on Lwanga’s Walkman! Gotdamn! This group created classics! They were hip hop’s hippies! Together with ATCQ  they formed Native Tongues! Need I say more?

Here’s my favorite De La jam that featured mad rap cameos in the video! Look out for The Lords in the Cafeteria. By the way…rumour has it a new De La Soul is in the works!

9. Lords of the Underground: Wow! Mr. Funke & Do It All really did do it all. This crew combined hardcore, funk & soul to create the unique sound that was L.O.U! I remember kissing my 1st girlfriend when I was 12 to “Funky child” then hearing the same song years later on the movie “Boiler Room” when Seth starts working at the firm!

Here’s the jam that made them true Lords though, Chief Rocka!

8. Lost Boyz: Of course who can forget the dreadlocked boys from Queens! I used to think all Queens niggaz were good looking (See Nas, AZ, Jam Master Jay) till I saw these dudes! No homo! The music was grimy but you could dance to it! Of course things fell apart when Tah died & Spigg Nice got locked up!

The music is still with us! Legal Drug Money is a classic & Love Peace & Nappiness sampled Slick Rick well! Here’s the classic Renee that reminds me of one of my favorite girls who passed to cancer 8 years ago.

7. Pete Rock & CL Smooth: If you have never listened to these guys’ music you need to get to your nearest Mediafire link & download it. If you’re like me who buys music get to iTunes and cop “Mecca & The Soul Brother”. I can honestly say that this album changed my life & made me appreciate soul samples in hip hop vis-a-vis the heavy synths prevalent at the time thanks to Dr. Dre & the west coast.

They barely spoke after 95 but rumour has it that a new album is in the works! I would jizz my pants if they realeased that! Here’s my favorite rap song T.R.O.Y.

6. Mobb Deep: When Dr. Dre samples your beat/ makes a beat that sounds like yours and you have the most sampled lines in hip hop then you know you’re a super group! Dr. Dre’s “Housewife” sounds ridiculously like it was inspired by Mobb Deep’s “U.S.A” & even super conscious Common sampled Prodigy’s lines on “Allustrious”.

5. GangStarr: This has to be one of the most consistent groups in hip hop. Even the number 1 group in my list has never been this consistent. Gangstarr gave us dope album after dope album! From “No more Mr. Nice Guy” to “The Ownerz” all 6 albums were dope!

Of course the group was already on the rocks but it officially died when…well..GURU died.

Here’s a record written so good that DJ Premier sampled the lyrics for “Right where you stand” Gangstarr with “Moment of Truth”!

4. The Roots: The only reason this group isn’t number 3 is because the other rapper in the clique isn’t on every album. I’m talking about Malik B. This group has the world’s best drummer…after Davy Grohl of The Foo Fighters & formerly Nirvana of course! Questlove!

Black Thought, the rapper, manipulates words like gymnasts or strippers for that matter, do their bodies. Malik B can take you to the dungeons of addiction with one bar & The Roots as a whole are the only band in hip hop! Need I say more!

Here’s the joint where they called out all rappers!

3. A Tribe Called Quest: These 3 guys! These 3 talented guys! They created music that made me fall in love with hip hop! Ali Shaheed Muhammed & Q-Tip together with Dilla unknowingly created the sound that is now referred to as Nu-Soul/ Neo-Soul! If I were the type to have kids I’d play them “Midnight Mauraders” all day!

The group split after Q-Tip got sober & Phife demanded more time on the mic! Here’s their sickest tune in my books!  

2. OutKast: The list wouldn’t be complete without Big Boi & Andre 3K! These 2 complement each other well coz they both have their own distinct flows! I hated & loved that their last album was each on their own. As much as I appreciated Speakerboxx/ The Love Below, I want another Stankonia, another Aquemini, another ATLiens!

Hopefully Andre3K might get his shit together & smack some sense into Big Boi whose busy getting busted with Viagra! The classic tune ATLiens!

1. Wu-Tang Clan: There will never be a rap group as large and as powerful as the Wu-Tang Clan! 9 original members, each with their own persona, their own flow & they all combined like Voltron to create great hip hop! Here’s to The Abbot aka RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, O.D.B, Inspektah Deck, Masta Killa & the illest Ghostface Killah!

The group’s last couple of albums haven’t been great but hey, they all have egos now. Here’s the classic off the album that made O.D.B storm the stage at the Grammys!

Pamoja!!!!

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28 Responses to “The Greatest Rap Groups of All Time! Of All Time!”

  1. Great list. BUT why did you leave out:

    1) The Fugees

    2) Bone Thugs and Harmony

    And, De La Soul honestly deserved a top 5 spot. MINIMUM.

    Notable mention: LOX

  2. Having DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince above Blackstar should be a crime.

  3. You must be young. All rappers cite Eric B & Rakim as the greatest so either you never listened to them or you don’t know them. Also for me i’d rate Digable Planets and Arrested Development above above some of the guys you have here. I still listen to Zingalamaduni quite often. As for Fresh Prince…serously??

    • Eric B & Rakim don’t count coz Ra was dope but Eric B’s beats sounded like shit save for Paid in full! Fuck Digable coz they ain’t shit! I only jam to rebirth of slick & where
      I’m from coz that “Reachin” album was meh…but Blowout Comb straight sucked!

  4. Figured Wu Tang would be at the top. Outkast number 2, hells yeah. I’d fuck with the roots at number 3, TCQ forth and Mobb deep at 5.

    In other news, in 5 years, Kanye West is going to be a group so you know who gon be up there!!

  5. xonez zenox Says:

    lol you left out bone thugs, funny but this is only considered as an opinion not a fact. Bone thugs till this day has a strong loyal fan base for a reason that they one of the best rap groups of all time and number 1 top selling rap group of all time. Good luck with that.

    • bellasbiz Says:

      Bone…only one good album..Eternal…the rest of their stuff was garbage! Sales don’t mean shit…a dope emcee is a dope emcee / with or without a record deal all can see/ word to KRS!

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  9. how do you not put bone up there its a crime noone has as good of a flow or delivery

    • Saliva Vic Says:

      Fuck Bone! They suck. If you noticed I didn’t put up Naughty By Nature either coz when only 1 of your group can rap then he may as well go solo. In the case of Bone, I’m talking about Bizzy.

  10. Krushin' Lames Says:

    Dude, you colder than the bars of a jail cell…….

  11. U sleeping on Bone thugs, but u got DJ Jazzy jeff and the fresh prince, smh….Bone thugs changed the game whether u like them or not u have to admit it. real nigga talk

  12. what about N.W.A?

  13. You got it right with the Wu, so I can excuse your Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince slip up. But hey, what is a ‘best of’ list, but someone’s personal opinion, right?

  14. EmmaBazanya Says:

    wu-tang bang-bang!

  15. The fact that NWA is not even mentioned is a disgrace to the entire rap community a disgrace to the genre of gangsta rap a disgrace to Compton LA and a disgrace to the worlds most dangerous group. Rest in peace Eric Wright (Eazy E) 1963-1995 we loved you a lot but god loved you more.

    • Saliva Vic Says:

      Fuck N.W.A!

      • RealStarHipHop Says:

        Figures you must know all about hip hop and rap culture N.W.A. should have taken the place of slaughterhouse and bone thugs and harmony should have took the #1 spot and how is Wu tang clan on the list and outcast but NWA and Bone thugs get dismissed easy a nobody in the Hip Hop community posted their own opinion on top ten lmao

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