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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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3,373 1,415
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
4,155 1,533
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Immortal Technique Revolutionary Vol. 2, Revolutionary, Volume 1

3
2,827 1,056
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
2,092 1,213
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
2,711 1,042
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
1,943 1,085
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Aesop Rock Labor Days, Bazooka Tooth, Float

7
2,075 672
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
2,706 1,031
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
1,455 854
Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Brother Ali Shadows on the Sun, Us, Rites of Passage

10
2,030 885
Vinnie Paz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Vinnie Paz King & The Cauze Mixtape, God of the Serengeti, The Sound and the Fury

11
1,692 635
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
1,345 552
Talib Kweli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Talib Kweli Quality, Liberation, The Beautiful Struggle

13
1,866 807
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
daryl-shinoma added Hopsin Knock Madness, Raw, Haywire

14
1,017 383
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KRS-One Hip Hop Lives, Return of the Boom Bap, Criminal Minded

The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

15
1,037 613
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid

16
1,768 713
R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added R.A. The Rugged Man Die Rugged Man Die, Legends Never Die, Legendary Classics

17
1,008 599
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
980 616
MURS is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
MURS Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, Murray's Revenge, Sweet Lord

19
995 661
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Onyx Bacdafucup, All We Got Iz Us, Bacdafucup

20
805 591
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Eyedea & Abilities First Born, By the Throat, E&A

21
860 532
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Seaward added Pharoahe Monch Internal Affairs, Desire, Y'all Know the Name

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
1,598 841
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

23
693 472
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
KyleNewBower added Danny Brown XXX, Old, The Hybrid

24
748 525
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Action Bronson Dr. Lecter, Blue Chips 2, Converge / Dropdead Split

25
673 516
Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
722 217
Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

27
809 581
Canibus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Canibus Rip the Jacker, Hip-Hop for $ale, C of Tranquility

28
1,124 622
Celph Titled is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Celph Titled No Place Like Chrome, Nineteen Ninety More, The Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos

The Greatest Rappers of All Time

29
435 520
Sage Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Sage Francis Personal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album

30
559 201
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
442 373
Royce da 5'9
itsamansingh added Royce Da 5'9" Rock City, Street Hop, Death Is Certain

32
827 496
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
497 374
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
465 248
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare, Return of the Mac, 1st Infantry

35
455 254
Killah Priest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Killah Priest Heavy Mental, The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Beautiful Minds

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

36
245 337
The Grouch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
The Grouch No More Greener Grasses, F*ck the Dumb, Heroes in the City of Dope

37
565 387
7L & Esoteric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
anotherlisa added 7L & Esoteric Dangerous Connection, DC2: Bars of Death, Moment of Rarities

38
612 301
Proof is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop

39
291 97
Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Black Thought Book of Judges

40
600 339
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
579 239
Run the Jewels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
NoahEvans added Run the Jewels Run the Jewels, 36" Chain

42
528 430
Chino XL is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Chino XL Here to Save You All, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, I Told You So

The Best Dressed Rappers

43
605 393
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
338 384
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
401 319
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
507 447
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
360 312
Jus Allah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Jus Allah All Fates Have Changed, White Nightmare / Reign of the Lord

48
829 449
Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Snowgoons German Lugers, Black Snow, German Snow

49
427 177
CunninLynguists is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
TeamLegend(FyreJay) added CunninLynguists Will Rap for Food, A Piece of Strange, Oneirology

50
1,033 461
Army of the Pharoahs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Rappers
Tramengasaw added Army of the Pharoahs