Hip Hop Artists 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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1
3,878 1,768
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

2
4,531 1,866
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
3,211 1,396
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added The Calm Before the Storm, The Worst, Anghellic

4
3,006 1,213
Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

5
2,297 1,449
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, God Loves Ugly, You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having

6
2,172 1,319
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,341 814
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Black on Both Sides, True Magic, The New Danger

8
2,910 1,241
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Violent by Design, A History of Violence, Servants in Heaven

9
2,178 1,087
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

10
1,581 1,048
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

11
1,854 811
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

12
1,917 900
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics

13
1,503 670
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

14
1,185 497
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

15
2,186 1,046
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

16
1,146 697
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

17
1,120 768
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
I Wish My Brother George Was Here, No Need for Alarm, Both Sides of the Brain

18
961 699
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name

19
1,076 788
MURS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord

20
1,054 841
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

21
891 771
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
First Born, By the Throat, E&A

22
1,673 1,014
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added No Place Like Chrome, Where's Your Album?!!, Eastern Philosophy

23
749 694
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream

24
651 534
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

25
833 643
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added XXX, Old, The Hybrid

26
899 778
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

27
833 716
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

28
798 379
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

29
1,192 786
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added No Place Like Chrome, Nineteen Ninety More, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos

30
632 314
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Let's Get Free, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape

31
773 382
Proof is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

32
477 693
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

33
891 669
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

34
567 550
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Str8 Killa, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, ESGN

35
576 624
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

36
517 427
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

37
498 437
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Heavy Mental, The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Beautiful Minds

38
597 582
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added Dangerous Connection, DC2: Bars of Death, Moment of Rarities

39
688 535
El-P is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

40
430 33
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
RealKnowledge added A Woman's Revenge

41
269 554
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

42
387 292
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Book of Judges

43
689 440
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

44
643 570
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Don't You Even Go There / Well^! Well^! Well, The Godz Must Be Crazy, The Godz Must Be Crazier

45
1,086 644
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added

46
441 489
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

47
532 612
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Feast or Famine, Invisible Empire, A Vicious Cycle

48
856 619
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

49
359 545
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Heroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin'

50
481 426
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
lucca-hutson added Longterm Mentality, Control System, These Days...