Which One Of These Hip-Hop Groups Will Be Named The Best Of All-Time?
“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’ annual competition series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot was reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no deserving band of MCs and DJs was neglected. The 2018 contest consists of seven rounds, NCAA basketball-tournament style, leading to a Top 32, then the Sweet 16, the Elite 8, and so on, until one winner is determined. For each match-up, two groups are pitted against one another with a ballot to decide which one advances to the next round.
Voting for Round 4 is complete, making way for a fun Final 4. The best was saved for last concerning close match-ups. Hours ago, OutKast bested Gang Starr 53% to 47%, preventing an all-Northeast Rap Final 4 round. The largest margin of defeat was the Queens face-off between A Tribe Called Quest and Run-D.M.C. The younger collective won 76% to 24%. Wu-Tang’s defeat of The Roots was not far behind in statistics.
Approaching Round 5, two of the remaining groups debuted in the 1980s, and two acts set it off during the ’90s. Three of the four are from New York City, with ‘Kast representing Greater Atlanta. As a major tournament is whittled to just four acts, it shows the magnitude of the shelved plans for a joint-album between A.T.C.Q. and OutKast. Although Tribe has retired as a unit in the wake of Phife’s 2016 death, and OutKast’s future remains in question, Wu and P.E. are both active in touring and recording.
Here are the “Final 4” Hip-Hop groups still in the tournament (listed alphabetically):
A Tribe Called Quest (defeated N.W.A.)
OutKast (defeated Gang Starr)
Public Enemy (defeated Run-D.M.C.)
Wu-Tang Clan (defeated The Roots)
Round 5 begins Tuesday (September 18).