Though they’ve been working since 2009, Migos started poppin’ in 2013 after “Versace” blew up. From there, the trio has laid claim to the title of the most popular modern rap group around. Culture — the group’s second studio album released January 2017 — debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Though they have had some legal issues and have found themselves in an on going tit-for-tat with Joe Budden, they’ve only given hip-hop bangers like “MotorSport,” “T-Shirt,” and “Stir Fry.” If they keep this up, 2018 and every year after will solidify their place as hip-hop vets.
However, the future is doomed without commemoration for the past.
Migos may be the hottest rap group right now, but they aren’t the pioneers of rappers banding together into a unit. Their forefathers paved the way for Migos to be Migos. Read on for a selection of some of hip-hop’s best rap groups.
When Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell walked into hip-hop’s house, they didn’t come to play. Formed in 1981, Run-DMC was the first rap group to be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were also the first to earn a certified gold album, a certified platinum album, and a multiplatinum album.
They were the first rap group to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone as well as the first to be on American Bandstand.
Let’s not forget: Run-DMC is one of five hip-hop acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
While all rappers like to believe that they “changed the game,” Ni**az With Attitudes actually did. Orginally formed by Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube — later joined by DJ Yella and MC Ren — this group was a major player in the gangsta rap sub-genre. As controversial as gangsta rap was at the time, they did it unapologetically, making the way for those coming after them.
N.W.A is such a monumental piece in hip-hop that they got their own movie. Produced by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and others, Straight Outta Compton killed it at the box office, making over $200 million.
As of 2016, N.W.A has joined Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A Tribe Called Quest
Speaking of biopics, Michael Rapport directed a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Though it wasn’t as well-known as N.W.A’s screen time, those who saw it loved it.
Founding members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC Jarobi White (who left in 1991) hit the scene in the mid ’80s. They stayed active until 1998, then they took a break until 2006.
Throughout their career as a group, A Tribe Called Quest gave hip-hop six albums, with their latest being released in 2016. As a matter of fact, when their last album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, wasn’t nominated for a Grammy, Q-Tip went off in a string of Instagram videos.