Who Are The Greatest Rap Duos of All Time?

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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This Week's Rapper(s): Franchise and Yung

Franchise and Yung, "Trippin'"

This Week's Subject: Seeing as how you two are a rap duo, and seeing as how we've been waiting to interview a rap duo to ask this question, the pieces seemed to fit. Question: What are the six best rap duos of all time and why?

Franchise: Thats a great question. We divided it up three each into Franchise says, Yung says, to get both perspectives. The six we would say are as follows:

6. GANG STARR

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Yung: DJ Premier and Guru define true hip-hop. You take Premo's beats and those rhymes from Guru and you got classics. They had that true New York sound and Gangstarr songs made DJ Premier the legendary producer that he is. Personal favorite song is "Right Where You Stand" with Jadakiss.


5. CLIPSE

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Franchise: I remember being in 7th grade when that Lord Willin' album came out and my mind was just blown. The beat Pharell made for "Grinding" was a freestyle classic; we were all trying to rap over that back in the day. A lot of people say we remind them of Clipse because of our voices. Pusha and Malice's voices just sounded so ill together on a record it's almost as if it's one voice.


4. DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE

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Yung: When i first saw Will and Jazz, they were chillin' with Uncle Phil on the Fresh Prince TV show. As far as rap goes, they were making records before I was born. They won the first hip-hop Grammy and made that feel-good music anyone can vibe to - I mean, who couldn't relate to "Parents Just Don't Understand*" and who didn't play "Summertime" at bbq's and parties?

*Parents, probably.


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12 comments
Whatever36
Whatever36

Gotta have epmd in a duo list no question

PASSS
PASSS

NIGGER DONT KNOW MUSIC

Txmwv
Txmwv

Ya'll niggas need to hit da gym, preferabely the treadmill

Jamie
Jamie

No Eric B & Rakim?

No EPMD?

Wow.

Chris D
Chris D

Not sure how you forgot about Eric B and Rakim but I'll let you slide...EPMD too.

Old Skool
Old Skool

Run DMC not even an honorable mention? Shaaaammmefulll

CL91
CL91

As soon as I saw the title, UGK and Outkast immediately sprang to mind. Glad to see that they rightly are at the top of this list.

King
King

Jay didn't rap. If we're going by that logic, Gang Starr and Will/Jeff weren't a duo. Not a terrible list and they got number one right. It's hard to make a list of only six. EPMD, Run-DMC as mentioned, Naughty By Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Method Man and Redman, Black Star, 8Ball and MJG, Organized Konfusion, etc. Again, a lot of good ones.

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