22 Twos: Ranking the Best Hip-Hop Duos of All Time

In honor of 2/22/22, Complex is ranking the best hip-hop duos of all time, from Black Star to Clipse to Mobb Deep to Gang Starr to UGK to Outkast.

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best hip hop duos of all time

The chemistry of a great hip-hop duo is the magic that helps both artists do far more than they’d be able to accomplish as individuals. So on the special date, 2/22/2022, we’re looking back at the greatest tandems in the history of hip-hop, based on the quality of their music and overall impact.

In recent decades, with solo artists dominating the hip-hop landscape, the biggest duos have often been one-off collaborative albums from a pair of established stars, like Drake and Future or Jay-Z and Kanye West. This list is not about those kinds of duos, or about trios that are named after the two rappers in the group (shout out to Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa). Instead, we’re only considering tandems who are (or were) actually formal duos. These two-artist groups can either be made up of two MCs or a rapper and a DJ. 

Without further ado, here are our rankings of the 22 best hip-hop duos of all time.

22. Black Sheep

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21. L’Trimm

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20. Tha Dogg Pound

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19. City Girls

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18. Heltah Skeltah

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17. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

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16. Blackalicious

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15. Run the Jewels

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14. Camp Lo

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13. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

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12. The Beatnuts

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11. Black Star

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10. Dead Prez

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9. Clipse

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7. M.O.P.

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6. 8Ball & MJG

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5. Eric B. & Rakim

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4. UGK

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3. Gang Starr

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2. Mobb Deep

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1. OutKast

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