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The Best Underground Rappers 

Kevin
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List Rules Rank the rappers based on who should be considered the king of the underground, or at least has a cult audience among rap and music fans.

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The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on. If you haven't heard of any of these underground hip hop artists make sure to take a listen and at least give them a chance. In addition, this list is vote ranked, which means the Ranker user gets to determine who is 'the best underground rapper.'

Who are the top underground rappers? Use this underground rappers list to learn about indie hip hop artists and expand your knowledge of underground rap. If you feel that there are some artists not on this list, let me know and I will add them if they qualify for the list.

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Proof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Apathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Del tha Funkee Homosapie... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Royce da 5'9" is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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MURS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
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