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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+ - 3,568 1,254
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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+ - 1,828 1,029
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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+ - 1,603 937
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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+ - 2,300 921
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

6
+ - 1,709 552
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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+ - 1,638 471
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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+ - 2,416 905
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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+ - 1,264 734
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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+ - 1,464 542
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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+ - 1,818 781
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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+ - 1,130 467
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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+ - 1,392 595
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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+ - 876 531
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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+ - 882 529
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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+ - 875 534
MURS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 1,571 643
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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+ - 912 588
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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+ - 711 521
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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+ - 734 467
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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+ - 625 429
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Hip hop music

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+ - 804 315
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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+ - 891 744
Aaron Dontez Yates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aaron Dontez Yates Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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+ - 528 382
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Danny Brown Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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+ - 588 447
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

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+ - 608 157
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Hip hop music

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+ - 1,506 775
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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+ - 1,038 557
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Celph Titled Hip hop music

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+ - 387 447
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 706 500
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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+ - 461 159
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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+ - 405 190
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Hip hop music

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+ - 747 440
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

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+ - 644 275
Logic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Logic Hip hop music

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+ - 423 308
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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+ - 406 203
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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+ - 516 326
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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+ - 475 309
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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+ - 244 68
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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+ - 507 256
Proof is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Proof Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

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+ - 510 288
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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+ - 184 51
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Hip hop music

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+ - 367 263
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

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+ - 216 282
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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+ - 475 370
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Hip hop music

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+ - 557 342
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Demigodz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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+ - 527 601
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Mac Miller Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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+ - 303 334
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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+ - 470 393
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Reef the Lost Cauze Hip hop music

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+ - 447 186
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Run the Jewels Hip hop music