Best Underground Hip Hop Groups Bands/Musicians
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Best Underground Hip Hop Groups

Unlike their mainstream counterparts, underground hip hop is exactly what it sounds like: rappers who haven't quite hit the mainstream, yet retain a strong, devoted following. The best underground rappers are generally independent rappers who are signed either to an indie label or no label at all and whose lyrical matter discusses either social issues, political issues and other types anti-excess subjects. Some of the best underground rappers are also known as conscious rappers and to some, as the forebearers of alternative hip hop. No matter what your definition of underground hip hop is, the best rappers in this genre are widely respected by their peers due to their ability to not give in to external pressures to strike it big, yet are remaining true to their underground rap roots.

So, who are the best underground rappers? When you think of underground hip hop artists, some of the big names (at least by underground rap standards) are Big L, Aesop Rock, Dead Prez, Madlib, El-P, Atmosphere and Blackalicious. These are some of the most respected names in rap music. Many of the best underground rappers are recognized for retaining the original hip hop ethos and message of change, and the top underground artists are critically acclaimed for producing original, refreshing sounds that deviates, yet doesn't encompass popular rap.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best underground rappers. If you think someone is missing from this list of underground hip hop artists, feel free to add them. 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. (71 items)
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    Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore 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, East Coast 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, Political hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    added by Makumim Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Disco

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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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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    Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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

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

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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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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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    Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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    Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk

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    Hip hop music

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Distant Relatives Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nerdcore

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    B. Dolan Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rapcore

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Christian hip hop

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    Asheru Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Jazz rap, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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    The Bad Seed

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nerdcore

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    Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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    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, Dubstep, Pop music

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

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    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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

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    Abstrakt Intellekt Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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