This week’s magazine is all about hip-hop. Here, we look at the greatest crews of all time, starting in the 1978 with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, a group formed in the South Bronx of New York City.
Native Tongues was a collective formed in the 1980s that featured Q-Tip and Queen Latifah.
World Class Wreckin’ Cru
A dance hip-hop crew formed in 1983 that boasted none other than Dr Dre as a former member.
This seminal act for gangsta rap and west coast hip hop formed in 1986. Members included Dr Dre, DJ Yella, Easy-E, Cee Lo Green and Ice Cube.
With their first release in ’88, this crew from Dallas were signed to legendary label Profile Records.
Into the 90s with a crew based in NY that included DJ Mark the 45 King, Queen Latifah and Latee.
Death Row Records
Founded in 1991 by Suge Knight and Dr Dre, Death Row Record artists included Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes.
Established in 1992, this hip-hop crew featured the RZA, the GZA, Ol Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Method Man.
Nas and Foxy Brown were in The Firm, an East Coast group whose first album, erm, ‘The Album’, was an almighty flop.
Cash Money Millionaires
Formed 1996, the most famous members are Lil Wayne and Young Turk.
The Flip Mode Squad
Another nineties crew from 1996. Headed by Busta Rhymes to showcase his own new talent, such as Rah Digga.
Or the Dirty Dozen. Formed in Detroit in 1996. They made it when Eminem became massively popular. The guy on the right should have his own TV show.
The Terror Squad
Formed in 1998 by Fat Joe. Released ‘The Album’ in 1999 and other members included Big Pun, Armageddon and Prospect.
Founded by Ja Rule in 1999, The INC blended hip-hop and R&B. Also included Ashanti.
The Ruff Ryders
Late 90s crew that included DMX, Jadakiss and Styles P. It was founded by the uncles of producer Swizz Beatz.
Notorious BIG’s idea never came to fruition, sadly. It would have included Jay-Z, P Diddy and Charli Baltimore.
Formed in 2000 and led by the fame of 50 Cent and ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
The Dungeon Family
Released one album, ‘Even in Darkness’, in 2001. Comprised of Outkast, Cee Lo, Backbone and Future.
A Philly rap group made up of Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Peedi, Oschino, and Omillio Sparks, and the Young Gunz.
Kanye West formed his collective almost a decade ago in 2004. It's home to Big Sean, Pusha T, Mos Def, John Legend, Mr Hudson and Hudson Mohawke. Kid Cudi used to be a member.
Set up by Lil Wayne in 2005, the label houses Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga and Lil Wayne himself.
Named after the classic Converse shoe Chuck Taylor’s, Wiz Khalifa’s crew includes Three Six Mafia and Chevvy Woods.
Punk outsiders and no strangers to controversy comprised of Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Syd Tha Kyd and Hal Williams.
Formed by Rick Ross in 2009, Maybach's roster includes Meek Mill, Wale and French Montana.
An Los Angeles collective formed in 2009 with Ab Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
A$AP Rocky’s crew are notorious for their narcotic beats and riotous shows.
Glory Boyz Entertainment
Chief Keef,’s label has signed Lil Reese, Fredo Santana and Young Chop and received props from Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa.