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.