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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3,509 1,519
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
4,251 1,627
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
2,932 1,145
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
2,144 1,285
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
2,791 1,098
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
2,012 1,153
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,153 713
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
2,766 1,096
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
2,071 941
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

10
1,493 909
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

11
1,739 684
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

12
1,805 766
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

13
1,389 582
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

14
1,952 866
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

15
1,058 414
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

16
1,068 635
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

17
1,038 649
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
893 579
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

19
1,007 665
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

20
1,016 712
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

21
824 644
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

The Best Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

22
684 570
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
1,615 896
Apathy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Apathy No Place Like Chrome, Where's Your Album?!!, Eastern Philosophy

24
744 511
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

25
507 405
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

26
831 634
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

27
779 578
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

28
745 266
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

29
1,140 670
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

30
585 223
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

31
445 568
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

32
838 549
Diabolic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Diabolic Liar & a Thief, Fightin' Words, Triple Optix EP

33
520 427
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
670 320
Proof is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

35
479 303
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

The Greatest Fictional Singers

36
539 494
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

37
464 314
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

38
575 451
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

39
252 399
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

40
625 403
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

41
321 157
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

42
612 303
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

The Worst Rappers of All Time

43
614 461
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

44
346 450
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'

45
408 386
Evidence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Evidence The Weatherman LP, Another Sound Mission, Searching 4 Bobby Fisher

46
512 513
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
1,047 532
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs

48
838 521
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Snowgoons German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

49
610 528
Swollen Members is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Swollen Members Balance, Black Magic, Monsters in the Closet

50
447 251
CunninLynguists is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
TeamLegend(FyreJay) added CunninLynguists Will Rap for Food, A Piece of Strange, Oneirology