Who’s The G.O.A.T. Rap Crew? Wu-Tang Clan vs Juice Crew | Round 2

In the tournament to decide the greatest rap crew of all time, this Round 2 battle is between the Wu-Tang and the Juice Crew.

In recognition of hip hop’s 50th anniversary, BET Digital, in partnership with Ambrosia For Heads, is celebrating the culture by hosting a bracket-style competition that allows you to determine hip hop’s greatest crew.

Rather than having “experts” tell you who is the greatest of all time, this is your opportunity to collectively make that decision. After giving the opportunity to any and all fans to provide feedback on which crews should be included, 32 collectives from different regions, styles, and generations have been selected—all vying for that #1 spot. When the final battle is over and the last vote is cast, you will have determined who is your Greatest Rap Crew of All Time.

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In this celebration of hip hop and all of its talented crews, your vote decides the winner, so vote below.

Wu-Tang Clan vs. Juice Crew | Round 2

Round 2 begins with an East Coast heavyweight clash. During the late 1980s, the Juice Crew put on a show for Queens, New York, with an elite crew of rap lyricists, even while representing other boroughs. In the 1990s, Wu-Tang Clan branded its Shaolin identity with a similar approach—assimilating like-minded talent from Staten Island and neighboring areas. These crews flaunted their tight-knit bonds in different ways. While the Juice Crew used posse cuts and stage shows, Wu-Tang extended to make albums as a unit. While GZA’s career reportedly included an early offer to join the Juice Crew, projects like “Chamber Music,” Ghostface Killah’s “36 Seasons,” and the “Afro Samurai soundtrack” demonstrated chemistry through collaborations between various Wu and Juice Crew members. Juice Crew paved the way for Wu-Tang, and Wu could capitalize on crew projects in a way that their predecessors did not. Wu-Tang defeated Dreamville to make Round 2, while the Juice Crew knocked out the Native Tongues to advance. Both of these squads are legendary, but only one can reach Round 3.

Wu-Tang Clan

(Defeated Dreamville in Round 1)

In the early 1990s, a band of rap outcasts united to take the sound of hip hop to a new frontier of ruggedness. Wu-Tang Clan is a nine-member core group that includes RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, and U-God. However, the larger Wu-Tang family tree features branches such as Cappadonna, Killah Priest, Shyheim, and other lyricists and producers. This unit has shaped culture through classic albums, indelible songs, and one of the most recognizable brand logos of the last 30 years. A bonafide classic group debut in 1993, “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” laid the foundation for Wu to win without chasing radio or trends.

Ensuing crew-driven albums, including Raekwon’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..,” GZA’s “Liquid Swords,” and Ghostface’s “Ironman” are just some of the drops that achieved platinum plaques and critical praise. The success and acclaim were not exclusive to the core members, as evident in the gold certifications of Cappadonna’s “The Pillage” and Wu-Tang Killa Bees’ “The Swarm.” The Wu emphasized its depth and range on the platinum single and near-million-dollar video “Triumph.” Since the 2000s, Wu-Tang’s creative swords have remained sharp even during group hiatuses. This squad maintains an onslaught of crew-involved music and touring while taking its brand to new places, like telling its story on film and television. Through it all, for the last 30 years, Wu-Tang has never ceased bringing da’ ruckus.

The Juice Crew

(Defeated Native Tongues in Round 1)

The Juice Crew brought the unity and spirit of the 1970s rap crews to the recording era. Hip hop radio pioneer Mr. Magic (aka “Sir Juice”) hosted a platform on WBLS-FM alongside DJ Marley Marl, who, by the mid-1980s, had become one of the most innovative producers in the genre. The Queensbridge native also possessed an incredible eye for talent; he assembled a lyrical all-star squad that eventually included Roxanne Shanté, MC Shan, Craig G, Biz Markie, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, and others.

The crew's love manifested on one of rap’s term-defining posse cuts, “The Symphony,” and showcased it elsewhere, including “Juice Crew All-Stars” and “Erase Racism.” With Marley producing much of The Juice Crew’s 1980s output, MCs sometimes wrote songs for other members. The razor-sharp pen of Kane penned “Vapors” and parts of “Nobody Beats The Biz.” Biz and Kane combined for three gold albums under the Juice Crew umbrella, in addition to BDK’s Grammy win alongside Quincy Jones.

In the 30 years since the seminal run of the Juice Crew, groupings of its greats have come together on stage and wax for select opportunities. Meanwhile, members of this legendary unit evolved to spawn others of note, such as Masta Ace Incorporated and Tragedy Khadafi’s mentoring hand on Capone-n-Noreaga’s “The War Report.”

Regarding its place among the great crews of hip hop, the Juice Crew helped set the gold standard for lyrical talent, competitive spirit, and the ability to balance swagger with substance.

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