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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.

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

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

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

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.

3. MOBB DEEP

Franchise: East Coast rap, specifically New York, influenced myself and Yung. I know i'm from Houston but as a kid growing up in the '90s, i thought those East Coast artist who came out at the time were just so dope, Mobb Deep being one of them. They talked about the hustle and rapped about those classic hood tales. Havoc and Prodigy were able to also build that grimy sound that a lot of those cats out east have. When "Shook Ones" first came out that's when I thought this rap stuff was pretty cool.

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2. UGK

Yung: Bun and Pimp were the true originators of that Texas sound; you know, hard-knocking bass and hard lyrics. They kept it trill in the underground scene for so long, and made classic street records like "Pocket Full of Stones" and even classic party joints like "Let Me See It" and were able to touch the mainstream with Jay-Z on "Big Pimpin." My personal favorite record is "One Day." R.I.P. Pimp C.

1. OUTKAST

Franchise: Outkast helped create that Southern sound in the early '90s on songs like "Git Up Get Out" and "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik." By the late '90s and early 2000s the sound evolved with "Bombs Over Baghdad" and especially with the Speakerboxxx and The Love Below albums.

I put OutKast on top of this list because they were able to evolve that sound for so many years and make countless hits with that signature OutKast sound.


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