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The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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While hip hop and rap music has captured the ears of mainstream music listeners. alternative hip hop bands, which are outside of the mainstream, haven't sold as well as their pop rap contemporaries, but are just as important. Alternative hip hop artists are among the most celebrated in all of rap. The best alternative hip hop includes experimental beats, clever lyrics and have not conformed to the mainstream. The fusing of genres outside of the mainstream is what made alternative hip hop bands some of the most progressive in urban music, and helped the top alternative hip hop bands eventually achieve mainstream success.

That said, who are the best alternative hip hop bands and rappers? This list includes all alternative rap artists, including solo performers. So you'll see rappers like Andre 3000 and Big Boi on here separately, in addition to Outkast since they have had solo careers after Outkast disbanded. Kanye West, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5 and the Beastie Boys are also considered among the most popular alternative hip hop bands and best alternative hip hop musicians. Their unique spin on rap music has made them beloved rappers and truly earned the title of alternative hip hop artists. 
 
So, who can truly be considered the top alternative hip hop bands. This list of alternative rappers takes into account all of the popular alternative hip hop bands and critically acclaimed ones as well. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative rappers ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative hip hop bands that you might've heard of. (54 items)
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    Outkast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    The Roots is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Common is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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    M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Dan the Automator is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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    Asheru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Articolo 31 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Old-school hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, New Wave, Fusion

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop

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    Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop AKA Tech N9ne

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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