A supergroup is a group formed by artists or acts which already have prior success in the industry. Like a collaboration between established artists but on a permanent (intended) basis. Many hip hop supergroups fail to live up to their potential and a great many more are planned and talked about but never officially come together, So the following is a list of hip hop supergroups that have actually achieved genuine success. ...mostly.
A few ground rules before going forward. To make it on this list a supergroup must consist of at least 3 members, with at least two of those members having achieved some kind of success BEFORE the formation of their supergroup. They must also have released a minimum of one album during their time together.
Right, let’s get rolling.
Albums: The Horsemen Project (2003)
Albums: Random Axe (2011)
Albums: Stereotypez (2007)
Notes: I've heard some people debate whether D.I.T.C. is actually a supergroup… I’m ignoring them.
Albums: The Conspiracy (2003)
Notes: I’m bending the rules here with The Weathermen as their only official release ‘The Conspiracy’ was more a compilation/mixtape than an album, but this is my list so I can bend the rules. The group did intend to record an album titled ‘The New Left’, however, multiple members left before recording could begin. The Weathermen ultimately disbanded after the death of Camu Tao, with Cage confirming they wouldn’t release new material without him. Shame.
Members: Apathy, Celph Titled, Esoteric, Ryu, Blacastan, Motive (Former members include Reflex, Open Mic, Louis Logic, Rise, DJ Cheapshot, Tak, Vin Skully, Chum The Skrilla Guerilla, Jabberjaw, Eternia, 7L, Feedback, Naptron, L-Fudge, One Two, Mr Mayday, Emilio Lopez, Metropolis, Spin 4th)
Notes: Demigodz wasn’t a supergroup at all when it was founded by Open Mic and Reflex back in 1990, Apathy joined shortly after and since then both founding MCs have left. Members have come and gone over the years but the current line-up is arguably the strongest ever and consists of multiple well established MCs/Producers.
Boot Camp Clik
La Coka Nostra
Notes: I got a lot of flak for not including Gravediggaz in the hip hop groups list. Well now you might understand why. Before the formation of Gravediggaz Frukwan had prior success with Stetsasonic, Prince Paul was also with Stetsasonic and made a name for himself producing for De La Soul, and RZA produced for Wu Tang Clan. Together they are a supergroup. End of.
Albums: The Hard Way (2004)
Notes: 213 actually existed (loosely) before they were famous, but I’m pretty certain they had no intention of releasing an album together until they had achieved individual success. So I’ll let this one go.
Army Of The Pharaohs
Members: Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, Crypt The Warchild, Des Devious, Esoteric, King Syze, Planetary, Reef The Lost Cauze, Apathy, Demoz, Doap Nixon, Block McCloud, Blacastan, Zilla, King Magnetic, Lawrence Arnell (Former members include Jus Allah, Chief Kamachi, 7L, Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind, Faez One, Journalist, Virtuoso, Bahamadia)
Albums: The Album (1997)
Notes: Formed in 96 and disbanded in 98, why? Because The Album sucked. The Firm made the list solely as an example of wasted potential.
There you have it. 16 hip hop supergroups for your listening pleasure.