Rap 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. (65 items)
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OutKast is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Dance-pop, Jazz

2
99 27
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

3
61 10
D12 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

4
59 11
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
62 13
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
NoahEvans added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop
AKA Tech N9ne

6
71 25
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

7
66 22
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

8
42 8
Royce da 5'9
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

9
80 34
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

10
71 28
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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41 8
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

12
52 18
Common is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

13
52 18
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

14
52 18
The Pharcyde is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

15
59 23
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

16
39 9
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

17
65 28
The Roots is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

18
37 8
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music

19
59 24
Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

20
37 9
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

21
38 10
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

22
52 21
Jurassic 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

23
68 33
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

24
43 15
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

25
37 11
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop