Rappers The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists  

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While hip hop and rap music has captured the ears of mainstream music listeners. alternative hip hop bands, which are outside of the mainstream, haven't sold as well as their pop rap contemporaries, but are just as important. Alternative hip hop artists are among the most celebrated in all of rap. The best alternative hip hop includes experimental beats, clever lyrics and have not conformed to the mainstream. The fusing of genres outside of the mainstream is what made alternative hip hop bands some of the most progressive in urban music, and helped the top alternative hip hop bands eventually achieve mainstream success.

That said, who are the best alternative hip hop bands and rappers? This list includes all alternative rap artists, including solo performers. So you'll see rappers like Andre 3000 and Big Boi on here separately, in addition to Outkast since they have had solo careers after Outkast disbanded. Kanye West, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5 and the Beastie Boys are also considered among the most popular alternative hip hop bands and best alternative hip hop musicians. Their unique spin on rap music has made them beloved rappers and truly earned the title of alternative hip hop artists. 

So, who can truly be considered the top alternative hip hop bands. This list of alternative rappers takes into account all of the popular alternative hip hop bands and critically acclaimed ones as well. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative rappers 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 alternative hip hop bands that you might've heard of. (63 items)
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D12 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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54 3
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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51 3
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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32 3
Royce da 5'9
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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30 3
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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30 3
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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30 3
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

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52 7
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
NoahEvans added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop - AKA Tech N9ne

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122 36
OutKast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

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30 3
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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29 3
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

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92 23
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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62 19
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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66 25
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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67 25
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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72 32
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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66 31
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

18
54 23
Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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47 18
Common is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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45 16
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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61 28
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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53 23
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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49 20
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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46 18
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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35 11
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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39 15
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

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35 12
Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop

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27 6
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music

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35 14
N*E*R*D is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

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64 39
Tyler, the Creator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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27 8
Digable Planets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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40 19
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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46 26
Odd Future is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Electronic music

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41 22
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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39 21
Q-Tip is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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27 11
Pete Rock & CL Smooth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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31 15
Gnarls Barkley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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32 17
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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31 17
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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35 21
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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28 16
El-P is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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33 22
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

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31 21
Hieroglyphics is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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22 14
Deltron 3030 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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20 13
Black Star is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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24 18
Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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21 16
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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19 14
Blackalicious is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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18 15
Dan the Automator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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14 11
SZA is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
walzjenna added Alternative R&B, Neo soul, R&B