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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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3,103 1,311
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MF Doom Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time The Worst Qualities in Politicians

2
3,968 1,442
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
2,637 961
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
2,003 1,156
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
2,577 993
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
1,834 1,034
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
1,934 630
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
2,605 986
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
1,387 812
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
1,608 600
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Gang Starr Hard to Earn, Daily Operation, Moment of Truth

11
1,956 845
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

12
1,263 521
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
1,702 731
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

14
939 353
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

15
978 585
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

The Greatest Rappers of All Time 15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

16
1,700 686
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
962 574
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
936 587
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
968 635
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

20
764 570
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

21
816 508
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

22
707 489
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

23
635 443
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

24
645 492
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
683 195
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

26
1,572 815
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Apathy No Place Like Chrome, Where's Your Album?!!, Eastern Philosophy

27
782 546
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
1,099 599
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

29
529 184
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dead Prez Let's Get Free, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape

The Best Dressed Rappers Sci Fi Tech from TV & Movies You Most Wish Was Real

30
413 495
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

31
801 473
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

32
442 224
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

33
465 352
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
435 234
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Heavy Mental, The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Beautiful Minds

35
374 354
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

36
547 367
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Dangerous Connection, DC2: Bars of Death, Moment of Rarities

37
572 290
Proof is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

38
247 81
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

39
570 320
El-P is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added El-P Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

40
534 218
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

41
510 408
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

42
390 298
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

43
591 375
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

The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead The Best Shows to Marathon on a Plane

44
232 321
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Grouch No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

45
330 365
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Heroes in the City of Dope, Mind Over Matter, True & Livin'

46
497 429
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
352 290
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
1,018 442
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs

49
819 433
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Snowgoons German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

50
591 429
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Swollen Members Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet