bands/musicians The Best Underground Rappers  

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List Rules Rank the rappers based on who should be considered the king of the underground, or at least has a cult audience among rap and music fans.

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on. If you haven't heard of any of these underground hip hop artists make sure to take a listen and at least give them a chance. In addition, this list is vote ranked, which means the Ranker user gets to determine who is 'the best underground rapper.'

Who are the top underground rappers? Use this underground rappers list to learn about indie hip hop artists and expand your knowledge of underground rap. If you feel that there are some artists not on this list, let me know and I will add them if they quality for the list.
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2,785 1,209
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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2
3,686 1,295
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

3
1,882 1,065
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

4
1,669 976
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

5
2,384 945
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
1,778 576
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

7
1,743 505
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Tech N9ne Horrorcore, Hardcore Rap, Alternative Rap

8
2,472 931
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

9
1,298 760
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

10
1,509 561
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

11
1,860 799
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

12
1,479 628
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

13
1,175 487
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

14
905 550
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

15
906 545
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk

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16
896 550
MURS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

17
1,601 658
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

18
933 601
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
727 535
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

20
754 479
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

21
659 446
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Hip hop music

22
839 325
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

23
562 399
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

24
899 756
Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aaron Dontez Yates Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

25
605 459
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

26
633 167
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Hip hop music

27
1,521 787
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Apathy Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

28
728 514
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

29
1,054 570
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Celph Titled Hip hop music

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393 463
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

31
729 300
Logic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Logic Hip hop music

32
479 169
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

33
418 200
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Hip hop music

34
763 451
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

35
434 323
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Freddie Gibbs Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

36
411 214
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

37
521 339
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Hip hop music, Political hip hop

38
530 342
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chance The Rapper Hip hop music

39
266 80
Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

40
527 268
Proof is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

41
530 296
El-P is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

42
199 58
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Hip hop music

43
219 291
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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487 377
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Hip hop music

45
559 616
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Mac Miller Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

46
371 271
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

47
312 340
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

48
478 193
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Hip hop music

49
564 351
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Demigodz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

50
337 262
Jus Allah is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Jus Allah Hip hop music