The Greatest Rap Crew of All Time: Who Should Be Included?

Tell us which crew is ready to rise to the challenge and make it all the way to the top in "The Greatest Rap Crew of All Time" tournament.

Join the rap battle of the century as we pit the greatest rap crews of all time against each other. Will your favorite crew come out on top? BET Digital is proud to launch a tournament-style competition with Ambrosia For Heads, who serves as a content partner, to let fans debate and determine the Greatest Rap Crew. Rather than having “experts” tell you who is the greatest of all time, this is your opportunity to collectively make that decision.

Yesterday, we laid out in detail how the tournament would work. Now, it’s time to get down to business. We invite you to help us determine who the 32 crews participating in the tournament will be. 


You will have until April 26 to make your voice heard about who you think deserves a shot to compete for the title of "Greatest Rap Crew of All Time." Cast your votes on Twitter and Instagram by mentioning the crews you believe to be most deserving of consideration, along with the hashtag #BETGreatestRapCrew. After that, check back on on May 1 and every day after to see who made the cut in each region and cast your votes for that day’s battles. 

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Once the crews are selected, they will be placed into four regions: “East Coast," "Midwest," "West Coast,” and “Dirty South.”

This is done in order to create a four-part bracket system for the tournament. We will endeavor to place each crew in its actual region in order to facilitate conversations about who holds the “best of” title in each geographic location. In select cases, however, we may need to place crews in brackets outside of their geographic regions to maintain diversity and balance.

In order to help provide a clear sense of what constitutes a crew, below are two examples of potential crews from each region:

Crew Examples

East Coast

Native Tongues: A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, Black Sheep, Chi Ali

Roc-A-Fella: Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Kanye West, Amil, Peedi Crakk, Young Chris, Neef Buck, Omillio Sparks, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey


Shady: Eminem, Proof, Bizarre, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, D12, Obie Trice, G-Unit (50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, The Game), Stat Quo

G.O.O.D. Music: Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T, Kid Cudi, Cyhi The Prynce, Common, Consequence, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), 2 Chainz

West Coast

TDE: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Reason

NWA & The Posse: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, The D.O.C., Above The Law

Dirty South

Quality Control: Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty

Dungeon Family: Andre 3000, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo, Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown, Ray Murray, Killer Mike, Big Rube, Cool Breeze, Future, Witchdoctor

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