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

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+ - 3,624 1,274
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

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+ - 1,857 1,047
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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+ - 1,635 959
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

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+ - 2,338 934
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 1,747 563
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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+ - 1,679 490
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tech N9ne Horrorcore, Hardcore Rap, Alternative Rap

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+ - 2,445 919
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

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+ - 1,280 748
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

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+ - 1,487 554
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 1,839 792
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Vinnie Paz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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+ - 1,424 611
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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+ - 1,147 481
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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+ - 888 544
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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+ - 894 540
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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+ - 882 544
MURS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 1,583 652
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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+ - 922 598
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 719 529
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

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+ - 742 475
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Pharoahe Monch Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 641 438
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Hip hop music

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+ - 819 321
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

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+ - 548 390
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Danny Brown Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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+ - 893 750
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

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+ - 596 455
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 618 162
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Hip hop music

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+ - 1,515 781
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Apathy Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 722 507
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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+ - 1,048 564
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Celph Titled Hip hop music

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+ - 391 455
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 472 165
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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+ - 680 286
Logic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Logic Hip hop music

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+ - 412 196
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Hip hop music

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+ - 756 446
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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+ - 427 317
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Freddie Gibbs Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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+ - 409 210
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Killah Priest Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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+ - 519 333
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
7L & Esoteric Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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+ - 504 327
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chance The Rapper Hip hop music

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+ - 253 75
Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 514 264
Proof is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Proof Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

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+ - 524 292
El-P is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 188 56
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Hip hop music

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+ - 217 286
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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+ - 369 267
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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+ - 479 374
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Hip hop music

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+ - 542 610
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Mac Miller Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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+ - 559 346
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Demigodz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 306 337
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 462 190
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Run the Jewels Hip hop music

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+ - 474 398
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Reef the Lost Cauze Hip hop music