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What’s good fellow wise folk? We are back with our 2nd installment of our weekly articles. Without wasting any more of your time, I’m just going to get straight into it. So upon locking down our latest interview I asked myself this one question; whatever happened to groups in hip hop and is their lack of presence within the game a contributing factor as to why there is a serious void in substance on a lyrical front? Think about it, in what could be called the greatest era in hip hop (aka the 90’s), we were blessed to have so many dope groups that contributed to the game, like Onyx, Boot Camp, Lost Boys, Souls of Mischief, POC, Brasse Vannie Kaap, Cashless Society, Optical Illusion,  Skwatta Kamp, The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5 and many more. Even in the 80s, rap groups were a mainstay within the scene, Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5, Public Enemy and of course Run-DMC all contributed in the building of what we have today. Now one must ask the question, what do we have today?

Tune in to @WiseMenRadio tonight from 5-8pm CAT on @Rhythm100Radio www.Rhythm100Radio.co.za or www.R100.Mobi to hear what our featured guest, the one and only Ali Shaheed Mohammed of A Tribe Called Quest has to say about hip hop crews and so much more.

Below is about.com’s top 25 groups in Hip Hop and their criteria in picking the top 25. I don’t entirely agree with their list, but we are entitled to our opinion. Leave your top 5 groups and let us know if you think we are on to something in regard to the group dynamic. Aight peace, until next week…check y’all later.

What makes a great rap group? Well, all the essential ingredients have to be in place: Quality production, poignant lyrics, and unique personalities. These are groups we’ve come to love over the years because they somehow pinched our hard-wiring and found a vulnerability we didn’t realize we had. Here’s our 25 Greatest Rap Groups of All-Time.

Eligibility: Only groups of 3+ members with at least two albums are eligible

Criteria: Points were awarded based on impact, originality, quality, and consistency Honorable Mention: Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Onyx, The Beatnuts, Freestyle Fellowship

1. Wu-Tang Clan
(RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, ODB)

2. Run-DMC

(Run, DMC, Jam Master Jay)

3. N.W.A.

(Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince)

4. A Tribe Called Quest

(Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

5. Public Enemy

(Flavor Flav, Chuck D, Professor Griff, DJ Lord, The S1W)

6. De La Soul

(Posdnuos, Trugoy, Maseo)

7. The Roots

(?uestlove, Black Thought, Kamal Gray, Captain Kirk, Frankie Knuckles, Tuba Gooding Jr.)

8. Beastie Boys

(Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA)

9. The Fugees

(Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Pras)

10. Geto Boys

(Scarface, Bushwick Bill, Willie D)

11. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5

(Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Kid Creole, Cowboy, Scorpio (aka Mr. Ness) and Raheim)

12. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

(Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone)

13. Salt ‘N Pepa

(Salt, Pepa, Spinderella)

14. Black Moon

(Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, 5ft Accelerator)

15. Hieroglyphics

(Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, A+, Opio, Tajai, Phesto, Domino)

16. Goodie Mob

(Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo)

17. The LOX

(Styles P, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch)

18. Cypress Hill

(B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo)

19. Three 6 Mafia

(DJ Paul, Juicy J, Lord Infamous )

20. Brand Nubian

(Lord Jamar, Sadat X and Grand Puba)

21. Naughty By Nature

(Treach, DJ Kay Gee, Vin Rock)

22. 2 Live Crew

(Luke, Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx, Amazing V., Brother Marquis, Verb)

23. Slum Village

(Baatin, Jay Dee, T3, Elzhi)

24. Little Brother

(Phonte, Big Pooh, 9th Wonder)

25. CunninLynguists (Kno, Deacon The Villain, Natti)

Stay tuned to the Feb/Mar issue of HYPE as we dissect this topic a little bit more.

  • kuhle83

    My top 5 are as follows:

    1: A Tribe Called Quest

    2: Wu-Tang Clan

    3: Slum Village

    4: De La Soul

    5: Lost Boyz

    I’m basing this off of the groups I grew up on and those whom I was influenced by, the likes of Public Enemy and Run-DMC were ahead of my time and therefore did not play as much of an influence in my life…

  • ArchDukes

    In my opinion Three 6 Mafia don’t deserve to be on the list!

    • kuhle83

      What’s your top 5 though? And who should be on there instead of Three 6?