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Hip Hop's Mightiest Supergroups

As these stars proves, everyone needs a little bit of help at times

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Super Friends

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 29: Musicians Jay-Z (L) and Kanye West perform during the "Watch The Throne" tour at Sprint Center
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Jay. Kanye. Em. Snoop. Weezy. Even hip hop's biggest names reach out for help sometimes.

In his new book Mo' Meta Blues, the Roots drummer/bandleader Questlove laments that a genre once dominated by groups is now the province of individual stars. Groups lend texture, diversity and distinct personalities to a track that individuals can't provide. And a supergroup, aka when the best of the best come together, prove that the whole can be much bigger than the sum of its parts. 

Ever since hip hop rose to prominence, we've seen ultra-dope supergroups bless us with classic tracks and albums. From Jay-Z and Kanye West's BFF collaboration Watch the Throne to Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell and Kanye teaming up on CRS for one excellent track here are hip hop's most stacked teams. 

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Watch the Throne

Roll Call:

Dope accomplishments:

  • Debut album, Watch the Throne, went No. 1 and went platinum.
  • Three Top 25 singles: "H•A•M," "Otis" and "N****s in Paris" (above).
  • Avoided the LP leaking by releasing it to iTunes three days before its physical release.
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213

Roll Call: 

Dope Accomplishments:

  • Released 2004 LP The Hard Way that hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
  • Singles "Groupie Love" (above) and "Fly" were hits on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
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CRS (Child Rebel Soldier)

Roll Call: 

Dope Accomplishments:

  • Their Thom Yorke-sampling "Us Placers" (above) was named one of Rolling Stone's Top 100 Songs of 2007.
  • Joined up for the 2008 Glow in the Dark tour with Rihanna.
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Dungeon Family

Roll Call:

  • Outkast
  • Goodie Mob
  • Sleepy Brown
  • Bubba Sparxxxx
  • Backbone
  • Killer Mike
  • Shuga Luvv
  • Witchdoctor
  • Big Rube
  • Society of Soul

Dope accomplishments:

  • Their debut album Even in Darkness peaked at No. 4 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
  • Getting that many people on one record.
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The Firm

Roll Call:

Dope accomplishments:

  • Their sole record together, The Album, went to No. 1 album.
  • Balanced dark, mafioso-centered rap ("Phone Tap") with radio-ready singles ("Firm Biz," above).
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Bad Meets Evil

Roll Call:

Dope accomplishments:

  • Their EP Hell: The Sequel topped the Billboard 200 in 2011.
  • "Lighters," featuring Bruno Mars, was a Top 5 hit.
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Slaughterhouse

Roll Call:

Dope accomplishments:

  • Their latest LP, 2012's Welcome to: Our House, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
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D12

Roll Call:

  • Eminem
  • Kuniva
  • Swifty McVay
  • Fuzz Scoota
  • Bugz (deceased)
  • Proof (deceased)
  • Bizarre (former)
  • Kon Artis (former)

Dope accomplishments:

  • Two No. 1 LPs: Devil's Night (platinum) and D12 World (double platinum)
  • Three big hits: "My Band" (above, peaked at No. 6), "Purple Pills" (No. 19) and "How Come" (No. 27)

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