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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3,382 1,419
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
4,160 1,539
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
2,833 1,061
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
2,094 1,216
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
2,714 1,045
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
1,947 1,088
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,080 674
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
2,710 1,034
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
1,457 857
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

10
2,031 889
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

11
1,693 638
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
1,348 555
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

13
1,868 813
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

14
1,018 387
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

15
1,037 617
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

16
1,769 717
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics

17
1,010 603
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
981 620
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
995 665
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

20
809 595
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

21
862 536
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
1,598 845
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
695 477
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

24
749 529
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

25
676 520
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
722 221
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

27
810 585
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

28
1,124 626
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Celph Titled No Place Like Chrome, Nineteen Ninety More, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

29
435 524
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

30
560 204
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

31
445 377
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

32
827 500
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

33
497 378
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN

34
465 252
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

35
455 258
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Heavy Mental, The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Beautiful Minds

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

36
246 341
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Grouch No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

37
566 391
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Dangerous Connection, DC2: Bars of Death, Moment of Rarities

38
614 302
Proof is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

39
291 100
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

40
601 343
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

41
581 243
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

42
528 434
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

The Best Dressed Rappers

43
605 397
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Demigodz Don't You Even Go There / Well, Well, Well

44
339 388
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Heroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin'

45
401 323
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

46
507 451
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Reef the Lost Cauze Feast or Famine, Invisible Empire, A Vicious Cycle

47
360 316
Jus Allah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Jus Allah All Fates Have Changed, White Nightmare / Reign of the Lord

48
829 453
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Snowgoons German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

49
1,034 466
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs

50
428 182
CunninLynguists is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
TeamLegend(FyreJay) added CunninLynguists Will Rap for Food, A Piece of Strange, Oneirology