Death Row Family vs. N.W.A. & The Posse: The Greatest Rap Crew Competition

In recognition of Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary, BET Digital, in partnership with Ambrosia For Headsis 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. The voting began with eight crews from the West Coast, which were selected with your feedback. Now, that bracket is down to four.



Dr. Dre was instrumental in the Gangsta Rap movements of N.W.A. & The Posse and the Death Row Family. The Compton, California legend was a linchpin to N.W.A. and a producer to all of the crew’s affiliated acts before acrimoniously leaving Eazy-E and Ruthless Records to launch Death Row. These squads were sprawling with talent, including would-be superstars like Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. Members of these crews eventually beefed on wax and in real life during the early 1990s. There were also questions as to which crew o started the G-Funk sound, as well as reports that Snoop very nearly signed with Above The Law, instead of Death Row. However, these two entities eventually came together as Snoop teamed with N.W.A. members for music, while several artists, including DJ Quik, successfully mingled in both circles. The Death Row Family beat the Hieroglyphics crew to reach Round 2, while N.W.A. & The Posse stepped past the Soul Assassins. Now, only one of these collectives can reach Round 3. Your vote may decide the winner.

Go to to vote on which of these crews you believe should advance to the next round, and to learn of the other East Coast crews that are battling in this round. You can also vote on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #BETGreatestRapCrew and a hashtag with your favorite crew.