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Best Underground Hip Hop Groups/Artists

Underground hip hop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good underground hip hop bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top underground hip hop bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Underground hip hop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all underground hip hop bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest underground hip hop bands of all time, since the most famous underground hip hop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best underground hip hop music.

You can click on the underground hip hop band names to see more information about that particular notable underground hip hop group. If they're near the top of the best underground hip hop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top underground hip hop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the underground hip hop band names themselves.

This is a list that includes items like Big L and Blackalicious. Every time you vote for an item you like, or think deserves a top spot, that item has a better chance of making it to the top of the list. What's the best item on this list? Shing02? Aesop Rock?

All important, significant and iconic names in underground hip hop music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new underground hip hop bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of underground hip hop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into underground hip hop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good underground hip hop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent underground hip hop bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best underground hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest underground 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 underground hip hop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Snowgoons Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Rap music

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    added by Makumim Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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

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    added by Makumim Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

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    added by WyattBanham Jarren Benton East coast rapper signed to funk volume

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    new! Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Disco

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Distant Relatives Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Hardcore hip hop, Underground hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nerdcore

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nerdcore

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    Hip hop music, Dubstep, Pop music

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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    added by WyattBanham SwizZz Justin Ritter (born September 28, 1987), better known by SwizZz. He is best known ...

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    new! The Bad Seed

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    Jazz rap, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rapcore

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    Food For Animals Hip hop music, Noise music, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Christian hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Yaggfu Front Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nerdcore

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    Hip hop music, Nerdcore, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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    Soft rock, Punk rock, Southern hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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