The Best Underground Rappers

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List Criteria: 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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    MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


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    Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

    the people's #1
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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    Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Horrorcore, Hardcore Rap, Alternative Rap

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    Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Rap music

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    Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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    Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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    Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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    Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk

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    Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

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    Canibus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Rap music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    El-P is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Proof is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

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    Windchill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Windchill Hip Hop Hailing from Harrisburg, PA, the capital of Pennsylvania, Matthew Groce, aka windchILL, got his first earful of hip hop in the late 1980's. Heavily influenced by Boogie Down Productions, Eric B and

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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    Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, New Age music

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    Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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    Necro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Horrorcore

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    Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers


    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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    Ill Bill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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    Hip hop music

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