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 qualify for the list.

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1
4,353 1,963
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices
2
4,837 2,038
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1
3
3,532 1,589
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
3,272 1,333
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
2,431 1,575
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
2,360 1,431
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float
7
2,550 893
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
3,078 1,328
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
2,304 1,180
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
1,684 1,143
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage
11
2,010 896
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
1,641 732
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle
13
1,334 559
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded
14
2,030 979
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics
15
2,444 1,205
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire
16
1,252 746
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid
17
1,211 835
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
1,164 855
MURS is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord
19
1,049 768
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name
20
1,117 923
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup
21
829 605
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain
22
958 841
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
First Born, By the Throat, E&A
23
1,737 1,092
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added No Place Like Chrome, Where's Your Album?!!, Eastern Philosophy
24
813 761
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream
25
946 711
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added XXX, Old, The Hybrid