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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. (91 items)

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore Hardcore hip hop

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Horrorcore

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups

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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Indie

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

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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Daniel Dumile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Daniel Dumile Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop East Coast hip hop

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Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Pharoahe Monch Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop East Coast hip hop

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Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop Gangsta rap

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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El-P is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Political hip hop

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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Horrorcore

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Madlib is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Madlib Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Disco

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop East Coast hip hop

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Blu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Blu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop West Coast hip hop

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Ras Kass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Ras Kass Hip hop music, Political hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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Blackalicious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Blackalicious Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop West Coast hip hop

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech Experimental music

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Non Phixion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Non Phixion Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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$uicideboy$ is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
$uicideboy$

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Styles of Beyond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Styles of Beyond Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Rap rock

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Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Action Bronson Hip hop music

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Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Snowgoons Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop Rap music

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Lords of the Underground is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Lords of the Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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The X-Ecutioners is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
The X-Ecutioners Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Rapcore

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Jarren Benton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Jarren Benton East coast rapper signed to funk volume

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Guilty Simpson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Guilty Simpson Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop Hip Hop

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Non-Prophets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Non-Prophets Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
MF Grimm Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Underground hip hop

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Exile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Exile Hip hop music

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Astronautalis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Astronautalis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Indie

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Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Machine Gun Kelly Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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R-kino

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Qwel & Maker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups

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Noah The Kidd

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Asheru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Asheru Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Underground hip hop

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Ugly Duckling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Ugly Duckling Hip hop music, Jazz rap Alternative hip hop

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B. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
B. Dolan Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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Uncle Murda is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Uncle Murda Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Hardcore hip hop

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Calm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Calm Hip hop music

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Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop Gangsta rap

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Dan the Automator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Dan the Automator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Trip hop

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Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop Experimental hip hop

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KutMasta Kurt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
KutMasta Kurt Hip hop music

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C-BO is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
C-BO Hip hop music, Gangsta rap G-funk

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Distant Relatives is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Distant Relatives Hip hop music, Underground hip hop