Top Ten Greatest Hip-Hop Groups

This Post is dedicated to the hip-hop head who helped compile this list. You can find her website by clicking her twitter name here –> @theTsaritsa. We decided to make our own compiled list of the best hip-hop groups on the planet of all time. My parts are in blue, her parts are in red. Please read on and let us know what you think. Does our list come close to yours? Also, don’t forget to check out her page too. Networking makes the world go ’round!

We live in the DIY-age, especially on the Internet. I don’t like what I read most of the time when it comes to reading up on the current hip-hop scenes. Most of the hot rappers in print aren’t actually hot when played through an iPod or stereo. This is how a relationship was born.

This is a co-op blog post. The east coast sir meets the west coast madame. I remember looking at the Tsaritsa sez and thinking to myself, this girl really knows her hip-hop. From there, we put our two minds together and we bring you the Greatest Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time. Enjoy!


Bone Thugs brought harmonizing and a different kind of musicality to hip-hop, and that’s why they’re number ten on this list. They took speed rap to a whole other level, and changed the way we think about the rhyme.

Signed by Easy-E back in the day, these four rappers, in the midst of the East-Coast West-Coast beef days, put the Mid-West on the map with timeless hits such as “First of the Month” and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” They deserve to make this list because when people rap their lyrics, they only recite gibberish. You know you’re talented when the Internet lyrics sites can’t distinguish what words were used and still be considered dope.


Beastie Boys
These boys from Brooklyn incorporated hip-hop and punk rock music to create a style that is all their own– a style that countless groups have tried to replicate since. Their edgy demeanor and off-kilter delivery sets them apart from other groups, and get the number nine spot for their innovation.

A lot of rappers nowadays are blurring the musical genres and fusing them together. Weezy tried rock, Cudi is trying rock, Drake is singing R&B. But the Beastie Boys were the first to roll from punk rock to hip-hop. They proved rap wasn’t just black as it was perceived during its coming of age. 3 White Boys deserve this spot! Why? They took hip-hop overseas with their international commercial success.


The Roots
The Roots are really special, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Philly girl who used to see ?uestlove in Starbucks all the time. No, they’re a special band that brings a real richness to their music, the kind of sound you can only get from live instruments.

Just like their name, they stick to the true essence and real roots of hip-hop. They can currently be found as the Houseband on Jimmy Falon’s late night show, but they are so much more than that. Black Thought on vocals and ?uestlove on drums- that’s like (sorry for the cliché) peanut butter and jelly in a school lunch-bag.

Gang Starr
Gang Starr was a super duo comprised of the mix-master genius, DJ Premier, and Guru, the man with the gift of smooth gab. Preemo and Guru complemented each other in their styles, and created an intoxicating blend of beats and rhymes that is unparalleled, even today.

The ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ boys take the 7th spot. Manifesting the rap- do or die slogan- the late Guru and DJ Premier have embedded themselves into the history of hip-hop giving them the 7th Spot.

Niggas Wit' Attitude
The hip-hop group that put West coast gangsta rap on the map, in a really big way. With legend Dr. Dre behind the turntables and outrageous and charismatic front men like Eazy-E and Ice Cube, NWA was a guaranteed success… for a while, anyway. Dismantled as they are today, their impact on hip-hop will always be felt.

Niggas With Attitude! Straight out of Compton, these LA boys did their thang! Banned from the mainstream airwaves- they got to say FUCK the POLICE and get away with it. They were the pioneers to rap on the West Coast and hardcore Gangster rap, in general. They shed the light on a lot of inner-city and urban life problems that occurred routinely throughout their music. #ClapForEm

A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest— Composed of rappers Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife Dawg, infused hip-hop with the jazzy sounds from the blues’ era in their music. With classic tracks such as “Bonita Applebum,” “Check the Rhime” and “Award Tour,” these three rappers put in work to make rap mainstream music during the early 90s. With 5 albums under their belt stemming over a 8 year period, A Tribe Called Quest sits in at the 5th spot on the list!


Classic old skool hip-hop, Run DMC is timeless and still relevant today. Their cross-over hit, “Walk This Way,” garnered the trio national attention in a way that hip-hop had never before received, bringing the music into the mainstream. Not only did Run DMC change the sound and appreciation of hip-hop, they also had a great influence on the fashion and style of their day, which carries over to the present.

When people begin to study the effect of hip-hop on American culture, they will know who Run DMC is. Run DMC is the Adam and Eve of the Creation Story. If God invented hip-hop, instead of Adam and Eve, we would have the late Jam Master Jay, Reverend Jo Run Simmons, and Darryl DMC McDaniels. These 3 cats started hip-hop and til this day- are hip-hop. Just like people still listen to classical Beethoven, older hip-hop heads will always listen to classical, Run DMC.

Outkast has always been a different breed of hip-hop (thus the name) and are always pushing the envelope to see how far they can go artistically. I like Outkast because listening to their albums you can feel a progression into a more actualized kind of hip-hop. Andre and Big Boi take a lot of chances with some of the music they produce, but it pays off.

With the second most hip-hop album sold in the United States, Outkast has been the underground force to the Southern Hip-Hop movement. Outkast is also the second hip-hop act to win the Grammy’s Album of the Year award after Lauryn Hill. Big Boi and Andre together are a dynamic duo. These are the kids who made it cool to be a square. They took hip-hop and perfected the art of it, which gives them the 3rd spot on our top hip-hop groups of all time.

Public Enemy
Rap with an important message was always Public Enemy’s main concern. Through their music they showed that hip-hop can be political and serve a greater purpose, but also still fun and danceable. Their song “Fight the Power” which was used as the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing was the perfect backdrop for the time.

Man, oh man! Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Prof. Griff! Public Enemy was more than just music. They challenged the system. I’d always hear, it’s not fair to be black in America. Well, these guys did their thing. They showed and told us why it wasn’t fair. Rolling Stone ranked them 100 greatest artist of all-time, so it’s only deserving they take home the number two spot on our greatest hip-hop groups of all-time.


Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan gets the top spot because ever since they broke out onto the scene they’ve been changing the game up and setting the bar for what hip-hop should be– phat beats, excellent and thought-provoking rhymes, and a resonance that sticks with you. The RZA is a musical genius, and the way he puts together a song is just magical. Every member of Wu-Tang Clan can stand alone against whoever is considered to be the hottest rapper of the day. Every rapper in the Wu is that good.

Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with! Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with. Man, ole man! They deserve the number one spot because the dynamics of this rap group is like the USA Olympic Basketball team back in ’92; subsequently, a year before Wu Tang appeared in the game. They are full of stars. They deserve the number one spot. RIP O.D.B. He liked it raw- just like the Clan’s music.

So there you have it, folks! What did you think of the list? This was a really fun collaboration, and a good excuse to spend an entire afternoon going through my hip-hop collection. Much thanks to LOLitzDO for coming up with this idea and working with me through it. Here’s to more future writing collaborations and cheers for all DIY writers! (The pleasure was all mine. I love everyone who loves what they do. I look forward to working more with you in the future) 🙂