A Recap Of Who Won In Round 2 Of The Greatest Rap Crew Of All-Time Competition
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.
The Greatest Rap Crew of All Time launched with 32 collectives. After an exciting Round 2, the competition is officially down to 8 crews.
The East Coast Round 2 Battles
As has been the case since the tournament launched, the East Coast bracket kicked things off. Wu-Tang defeated Juice Crew, while the Ruff Ryders topped G-Unit. It was a statement victory over one of the influences for Wu, while the Double-R crew flexed veteran muscle against a squad modeled after their loyalty and hard-nosed aesthetic. To win the East bracket, Wu and Ruff Ryders do battle after extensive combined histories, including DMX and Method Man songs and tours and the Wu-Block collaborative work between Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. Whether Wu-Tang or Ruff Ryders prevail in the East, they represent crews that endure today—despite suffering losses. Each of these squads is a testament to their rugged Rap roots.
The Midwest Round 2 Battles
In the Midwest bracket, two active crews also prevailed. Hypnotize Minds defeated Soulquarians to advance in the battle between Oscar-winning artists. In an exciting matchup between Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and Eminem’s Shady crew, it was ‘Ye, Pusha-T, Big Sean, and company that emerged victorious. Now, after years of collaborations between Juicy J and 2 Chainz as well as Kanye and Three 6 Mafia, these two squads square off. Whichever crew wins, they will represent a collective built around an artist/producer core in DJ Paul and Juicy, or West.
The West Coast Round 2 Battles
In the West, the Death Row Family defeated N.W.A. & The Posse in a matchup that reflected some early 1990s Rap history. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and the Death Row fam now face another crew that fans (and artists) may often compare to them—Top Dawg Entertainment. After TDE defeated E-40’s Sick Wid It, they take on Death Row to compete for a West Coast bracket winner. This regional showdown matches two crews, whose members have worked together, used the same studio spaces, and have strong ties to Compton, Watts, and beyond.
The Dirty South Round 2 Battles
The final Round 2 outcomes took place in the Dirty South. In one of the most exciting and significant matchups, YMCMB defeated the No Limit Soldiers for a New Orleans showdown. That battle followed years of hometown comparisons between the perceived rivals. In another same-city competition, the Atlanta-based So So Def emerged victorious against the Dungeon Family. Now, 20-plus years after Jermaine Dupri produced Bow Wow and Lil Wayne collaborations, these two crews face off to determine the winner of the Dirty South bracket.
Round 3 will decide the winners in each of the four regional brackets, as voters get one step closer to deciding the ultimate winner.
In this celebration of Hip-Hop and all of its talented crews, your vote decides the winner.
Go to BET.com to vote on which of these crews you believe should advance to the next round, and to learn of the other 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.