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Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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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    Stankonia, Aquemini, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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    Demon Days, Gorillaz, Plastic Beach

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    Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

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    Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, MTV Unplugged

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    The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, People's Instinctive Travels and ...

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    Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, ...

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    Feedback, Quality Control, Power in Numbers

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    Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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    Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

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    Royal Flush, Class of 3000: Music Volume One, DoYaThing

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    The Complete Score, Bootleg Versions, Blunted on Reality

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    Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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    The Renaissance, Amplified, Kamaal/The Abstract

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    Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

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    Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal ...

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    Resurrection, Be, Like Water for Chocolate

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    The Odd Future Tape, The OF Tape Vol. 2, Radical

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    3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate

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    Goblin, Bastard, Wolf

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    Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend ...

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    B-sides, Volume 1, Full Circle

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    Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

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    St. Elsewhere, The Odd Couple, Crazy

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    3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of..., Unplugged

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    Kala, Arular, Matangi

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    Mecca and the Soul Brother, The Main Ingredient, Good Life: The Best of ...

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    Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much ...

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    Fly or Die, In Search Of..., She Wants to Move

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    The Grey Album, Rome, Dark Night of the Soul

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    Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

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    Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars, A Much Better Tomorrow

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    Deltron 3030, Event 2, Positive Contact

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    First Born, By the Throat, E&A

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    Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), Blowout Comb, Trip the ...

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    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Late Registration, The College Dropout ...

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    Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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    When Fish Ride Bicycles, The Bake Sale, Gone Fishing

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    Blazing Arrow, NIA, The Craft

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    Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Respiration, Definition

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    Così com'è, Messa di Vespiri, Strade di città

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    3 Stars, 2 Bars EP, Insomnia

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    YoYoYoYoYo, Bangers & Cash, FabricLive 33: Spank Rock

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