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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1
3,770 1,726
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Vaudeville Villain, Operation: Doomsday, Special Herbs and Spices

2
4,454 1,818
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
3,140 1,339
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
2,934 1,189
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
2,261 1,424
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
2,126 1,294
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,295 804
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
2,871 1,228
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
2,143 1,072
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
1,559 1,029
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

11
1,813 796
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
1,887 886
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
1,475 659
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

14
2,126 1,011
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

15
1,148 488
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

16
1,124 689
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

17
1,100 756
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
1,062 774
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
938 685
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
1,043 825
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

21
879 758
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
First Born, By the Throat, E&A

22
1,659 1,004
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
733 684
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
613 522
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

25
815 626
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added XXX, Old, The Hybrid

26
877 759
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

27
823 702
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

28
784 371
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

29
1,175 779
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
622 305
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
753 372
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
468 684
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

33
876 660
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

34
554 541
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
511 416
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

36
561 613
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

37
484 426
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
588 569
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
672 521
El-P is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Fantastic Damage, The Cold Vein, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3

40
265 526
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

41
405 27
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
RealKnowledge added A Woman's Revenge

42
663 425
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

43
365 276
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Book of Judges

44
1,076 640
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added

45
633 566
Demigodz is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
435 484
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

47
526 606
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
849 615
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

49
356 541
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
626 607
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet