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rap The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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While mainstream rap gets the glory, experimental hip hop artists are usual the ones doing the hard work of challenging listeners and pushing the boundaries of what people recognize as rap music. Experimental hip hop takes the genre and does things that stray from the norm in terms of song structure and the fusion and use of other genres outside of rap and hip hop music. All experimental hip hop bands take chances and risks that have made them beloved by their loyal fans, and have thus built a cult following. The best experimental hip hop musicians are beloved figures and well respected.

So, who should be considered among the best experimental hip hop artists? While the genre is easy to define, selecting what experimental hip hop musicians should be at or near the top of this list. But, like anything, experimental hip hop, is highly subjective. That's why you can have experimental hip hop artists as diverse as Death Grips, Aesop Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Gorillaz on the same list. These musicians are pioneers in experimental hip hop and are recognized as such.

That said, it's up to you to determine who should be at the top of experimental hip hop. Vote for the person you think is most qualified to be at the top instead of voting on the most popular experimental hip hop artist.This list answers the questions "who are the best experimental hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest experimental hip hop musician 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 experimental hip hop bands that you might've. (35 items)

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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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Death Grips is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Death Grips Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop Industrial hip hop

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Shabazz Palaces is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Shabazz Palaces Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Madlib is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Madlib Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Disco

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

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

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Neo soul

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Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Danny Brown Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Midwest hip hop

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Captain Murphy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
De La Soul Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop

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Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Gorillaz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Synthpop

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Underachievers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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Dälek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Dälek Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Kool Keith Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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CLOUDDEAD is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
CLOUDDEAD Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Deltron 3030 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Deltron 3030 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Trip hop

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Pete Rock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Pete Rock Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop

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DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
DJ Premier Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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Hi-Tek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hi-Tek Hip hop music

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Kid Cudi Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Trip hop

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Sole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Sole Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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9th Wonder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
9th Wonder Hip hop music

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Mr. M. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Mr. M. Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop Rap music

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Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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Latyrx is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Latyrx Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

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Lil B is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Lil B Hip hop music, Rock music Hyphy

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Achozen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Achozen Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop Experimental music

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Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Mac Miller Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Pop music

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Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Kottonmouth Kings Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Psychedelia

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G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
G-Eazy Hip hop music

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Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hoodie Allen Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop