hip-hop 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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3,799 1,345
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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2
2,912 1,265
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

3
1,938 1,104
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

4
2,465 964
Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
1,736 1,002
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

6
1,853 602
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Mos Def Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

7
1,844 531
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Tech N9ne Horrorcore, Hardcore Rap, Alternative Rap

8
2,530 954
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

9
1,332 785
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

10
1,893 819
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

11
1,550 578
Gang Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
illionspank added Gang Starr Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

12
1,207 499
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Conscious hip hop

13
1,571 677
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

14
942 562
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

15
925 563
Del tha Funkee Homosapien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Del tha Funkee Homosapien Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Funk

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16
911 571
MURS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

17
1,646 675
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

18
945 622
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

19
872 336
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

20
741 555
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

21
806 343
Logic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Logic Hip hop music

22
778 496
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

23
680 470
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Hip hop music

24
594 423
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

25
927 778
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tech N9ne Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

26
624 480
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop

27
654 183
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Hip hop music

28
1,544 805
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Apathy Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

29
580 371
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chance The Rapper Hip hop music

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30
748 534
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

31
1,077 587
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Celph Titled Hip hop music

32
401 482
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

33
503 175
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

34
777 465
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Hip hop music, Political hip hop

35
426 215
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Hip hop music

36
450 338
Freddie Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Freddie Gibbs Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

37
423 226
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

38
532 356
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Hip hop music, Political hip hop

39
288 98
Common is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Common Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

40
548 281
Proof is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

41
546 310
El-P is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

42
216 69
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Hip hop music

43
226 307
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers

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44
574 643
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Mac Miller Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

45
497 393
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Hip hop music

46
379 286
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

47
496 207
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Hip hop music

48
316 354
Zion I is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Zion I Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

49
574 364
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Demigodz Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

50
486 417
Reef the Lost Cauze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Reef the Lost Cauze Hip hop music