The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothin' to fuck with... except maybe U-God.
Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothin' to fuck with... except maybe U-God.

Logic suggests that being surrounded by artistic brilliance would give the less endowed a natural boost. But if talent were contagious, failure wouldn't exist, and neither would this list. Every rap group, big or small has one member who simply can't hold a candle to the others. Here are seven weakest links in seven great rap crews.

1. Wu-Tang Clan: U-God

If you ever wanted to impress your friends with your knowledge of the Wu-Tang Clan, simply ask them to name all the members. See how many members they're able to name before getting to U-God. Chances are, no one will even remember that U-God is a founding member of the greatest group in hip-hop history. We rest our case.

The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

2. D-Block: J-Hood

Aside from the fact that he can't decide if he wants to spell his name with or without a hyphen, nothing makes J-Hood remotely unique as a rapper. Unable to get his foot in the industry's door, J-Hood (aka J Hood, aka Jae Hood) resorted to shameless publicity stunts. A 2007 YouTube video once showed him dragging the D-Block chain down the pavement while hurling insults at Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and Styles P.

Hood was later sent packing from the group. We assume it was for his lyrical ineptitude.

The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

3. The Firm: Nature

The Firm's talent hierarchy, in order of superiority: 1. Nas; 2. AZ; 3.Cormega; 4.Foxy Brown; 5. Nature.

To be fair, it would take truckload of talent and a face tattoo to stand out in a group that includes Nas, AZ and Foxy. While Nature was a solid MC, he lacked Brown's personality or AZ's crisp flow. And Nas? Well, he's only one of the greatest MCs to breathe on a microphone. How do you keep up with that?

The Weak Links In Seven Great Rap Crews

4. Leaders of the New School: Charlie Brown

Leaders of the New School was a New York-based hip-hop crew composed of Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Busta Rhymes and Cut Monitor Milo. They dropped two albums and a slew of street anthems in the early '90s. As time went on, Busta Rhymes gradually became LOTNS's center of attention.

Charlie Brown, the group's least impressive member, couldn't stand hide his disgust when Busta famously hogged the spotlight during an interview on Yo! MTV Raps. That public blowout eventually became a catalyst for the group's breakup.

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