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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
Outkast Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
A Tribe Called Quest Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
André 3000 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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

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The Roots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
The Roots Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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Fugees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
The Pharcyde Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Kid Cudi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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Common is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Big Boi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Arrested Development Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Jurassic 5 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Odd Future Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

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Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Q-Tip Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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N*E*R*D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
N*E*R*D Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

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Pete Rock & CL Smooth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Pete Rock & CL Smooth Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Gnarls Barkley Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Digable Planets Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Run the Jewels Hip hop music

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hieroglyphics Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Tyler, the Creator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Deltron 3030 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Deltron 3030 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Danger Mouse Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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Black Star is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Black Star Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Asheru is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Asheru Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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Dan the Automator is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Dan the Automator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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Blackalicious is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Blackalicious Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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Theophilus London is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Theophilus London Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Aaron Dontez Yates Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - AKA Tech N9ne

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The Cool Kids is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
The Cool Kids Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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Articolo 31 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Articolo 31 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Old-school hip hop

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J*Davey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
J*Davey Alternative hip hop, New Wave, Fusion

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C-note is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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Pigeon John is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Pigeon John Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop

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

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Spank Rock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Spank Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dirty rap

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3x Krazy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
3x Krazy Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop