Roundtable Wednesday: Who Was/Is The Most Influential Hip Hop Crew Of All Time?

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This is possibly the most debatable topic in Hip Hop, behind the ever-elusive search for the greatest MC of all time. Who was/is the most influential Hip Hop crew of all time? We each have our favorite crews in Hiphopdom and depending on the era of rap music that you call “home,” the choices could be considerable. However, it is still possible to pick one.

From the Juice Crew collective to Top Dawg entertainment to the Wu Tang clan to G-Unit, Hip Hop has always been wrangled and led by a particular ensemble at any given time, and the question is which one had the most influence in the Hip Hop culture, in your opinion?

For what it’s worth, a crew and a record label are generally the same thing, especially over the last 20 or so years.

What say you?

Words by Tony Grands
@Tony_Grands

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7 comments on “Roundtable Wednesday: Who Was/Is The Most Influential Hip Hop Crew Of All Time?

  1. Gary Van Liew says:

    Hit Squad/ Def Squad

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  2. nice topic

    Although I like hit squad/def squad, I don’t know that I’d describe them as influential.

    NWA. From 1987-1990 they changed the course of hip hop. Even today we have french montanas coke boys 3. N’s with coke. a blatant copy for a new generation that may be unfamiliar with NWA.

    I disagree with the statement –a crew and a record label are generally the same thing–if thats the case the answer to most influential would have to be DEF JAM since 1983 consider the roster of artists.

    –a crew and a record label are generally the same thing– applies to cash money or rap a lot IMO but, they aren’t def jam.

    fwiw I am 42. age matters top dawg don’t even make my short list.

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  3. circa94beats says:

    HONORABLE MENTION: Native Tongues : just like minded people like a crew is supposed to be …

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