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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3,531 1,532
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
4,261 1,645
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

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2,955 1,159
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

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2,151 1,293
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

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2,801 1,105
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

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2,021 1,162
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

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2,162 720
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

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2,775 1,105
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

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2,077 950
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

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1,499 915
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

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1,744 688
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

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1,811 772
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

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1,395 584
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

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1,970 874
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

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1,063 419
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

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1,073 639
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

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1,046 653
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

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899 582
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name

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1,009 670
MURS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord

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1,019 718
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

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825 651
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

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1,618 901
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

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684 578
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

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754 516
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

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518 410
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

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834 641
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

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782 586
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

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746 271
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

The Best Dressed Rappers

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1,142 674
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

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588 229
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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447 574
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

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840 554
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

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680 322
Proof is listed (or ranked) 33 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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525 431
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

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482 310
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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541 500
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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466 319
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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577 458
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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253 407
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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630 408
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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324 162
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

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616 307
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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615 466
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

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346 456
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'

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410 392
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

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513 517
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

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1,049 537
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs

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839 528
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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612 534
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Swollen Members Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet

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432 353
Ab-Soul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
lucca-hutson added Ab-Soul Longterm Mentality, Control System, These Days...