TDE vs. Sick Wid It: The Greatest Rap Crew 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 voting began with eight crews from the West Coast, which were selected with your feedback. Now, that bracket is down to four.
TDE VS. SICK WID IT
E-40’s Sick Wid It crew and the Top Dawg Entertainment family emerged roughly a decade apart. However, these movements—nearly 400 miles apart—have had some overlap. Early in his success, Kendrick Lamar joined 40 and Droop-E on “Catch A Fade,” and later name-checked the MC born Earl Stevens as an influence on g.o.o.d. Kid, m.A.A.d. city’s “Money Trees.” 40 and ScHoolboy Q have made several songs together, appearing on one another’s albums. These squads have moved like family, with connections far deeper than Rap. While Sick Wid It has become a driving force in Bay Area rap for decades, TDE cultivated a renaissance for Los Angeles’ Hip-Hop at the highest level. Both crews advanced to Round 2 after defeating friendly opponents, with Sick Wid It besting Too Short’s Dangerous Crew and TDE beating Odd Future. To reach Round 3, only one of these California crews can remain.
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 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.