Hip-Hop has had and still has a lot of groups, and many acts we cherish today started off in a group. Hip-Hop groups are a great platform for rappers to showcase their talents collectively to draw more listeners. One talent complimenting another; where one act is lacking others fills in. Rap groups, like anything else, have some more than others exceeding expectations and creating something never before seen. Here are Hip-Hop's five most outstanding groups. These groups influenced the culture and command a large number of loyal followers. Please note, this is in no particular order and rap duos are not included:

1. N.W.A

N.W.A came out hard and started a new genre away from the feel-good style of the time.

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Every member had his distinctive contribution to the group that was much needed to make N.W.A. stand out: from Dr Dre's brilliant production skills to Ice Cube's brave lyrical content, and the other's unique input made sure reality rap or gangster rap was born.

2. Wu-Tang Clan

In the early 90's came the birth of something that seems almost impossible in Hip-Hop, the birth of the Wu-Tang Clan -- a group that boasted nine MC's (ten, if Cappadona is included) -- each with a unique style coming together to create something that hadn't been heard before. First, they tried out what many might consider a risky experiment which is, infusing martial arts into Hip-Hop, and second, managing the egos of nine or ten MC's each vying for the spotlight. Even now, they've got some of the most loyal and dedicated fans out there.

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3. A Tribe Called Quest

This group brought to the culture of Hip-Hop a unique style that was lively and easy to absorb -- along with a wealth of lyrical content. 

 4. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs brought a never-before-seen rap singing style that made them stand out among all others, cleverly infusing singing into their raps at break-neck speeds. What's more is that even though they follow this almost religiously, each member still maintains a unique form and delivery: singing and rapping in perfect harmony, literally.

5. The Roots

The Roots, a group from Philadelphia, created by Questlove and Black Thought is no doubt the most successful band in Hip-Hop culture. They prove that Hip-Hop can indeed have a band with longevity. Even though there has been changes in their members (some coming in and some going out), the quality of their #Music remains intact, and the lyrics and delivery of Black Thought keeps him in the conversation as one of the greatest MC's of all-time. #News #Buzz