Indie The Best Underground Rappers  

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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.

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 quality for the list.

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3,712 1,664
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MF Doom Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

2
4,399 1,762
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
3,093 1,281
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Tech N9ne The Calm Before the Storm, The Worst, Anghellic

4
2,241 1,382
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Atmosphere Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

5
2,893 1,164
Big L is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

6
2,101 1,251
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,262 777
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Mos Def Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

8
2,845 1,188
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Violent by Design, A History of Violence, Servants in Heaven

9
2,120 1,033
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

10
1,544 991
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

11
1,796 758
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

12
1,864 845
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics

13
1,455 634
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

14
2,082 963
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

15
1,118 463
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

16
1,116 668
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

17
1,086 719
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Del tha Funkee Homosapien I Wish My Brother George Was Here, No Need for Alarm, Both Sides of the Brain

18
1,050 738
MURS is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord

19
927 648
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name

20
1,034 785
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

21
867 716
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

22
1,641 965
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Apathy No Place Like Chrome, Where's Your Album?!!, Eastern Philosophy

23
717 642
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream

24
584 473
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

25
792 585
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

26
864 714
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

27
811 657
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

28
772 329
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

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1,162 737
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Celph Titled No Place Like Chrome, Nineteen Ninety More, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos

30
614 272
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dead Prez Let's Get Free, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape

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732 344
Proof is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

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466 640
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

33
861 616
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

34
547 498
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN

35
502 376
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

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555 570
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

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481 384
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Heavy Mental, The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Beautiful Minds

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583 525
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Dangerous Connection, DC2: Bars of Death, Moment of Rarities

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262 477
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Grouch No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

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658 477
El-P is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added El-P Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

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352 234
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

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651 379
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

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360 22
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni A Woman's Revenge

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626 538
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Demigodz Don't You Even Go There / Well^! Well^! Well, The Godz Must Be Crazy, The Godz Must Be Crazier

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1,067 609
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs

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430 465
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

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521 587
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Reef the Lost Cauze Feast or Famine, Invisible Empire, A Vicious Cycle

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843 592
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Snowgoons German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

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353 525
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Heroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin'

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622 596
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Swollen Members Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet