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The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard 

Flubarb
Updated June 14, 2019 60.1k views 36 items

Tired of listening to rap that samples nothing but gunshots? Sick of hearing 'bitch' and 'ho' every other line on a track? You've come to the right place...

Don't come here expecting crap gangsta rap. This is true hip hop. If you were expecting Snoop or The Game to make an appearance here, you've slept on this stuff for long enough. Ordered from most to least underrated, I present you a list of artists that are guaranteed to run lyrical circles around the competition, and chances are high that most of these names will be new to you. If so, peep dem out!
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The Shapeshifters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard

A hip-hop group composed of Awol One, Circus, Akuma, Liferexall, Existereo, Radioinactive, Die Young, and DJ LA Jae, with appearances by 2Mex, The Shapeshifters is by far one of the greatest hip-hop groups to come from LA. If you haven't heard them by now, it's not too late. Do it, and you can thank me later.

"Who's got presence on the microphone?
Shapeshifters got presence on the microphone."
Shapeshifters - Who's Got Presence?

Rob One & Memo - R.I.P.
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Xololanxinxo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard

Hailing from LA and comprising half of OMD (Of Mexican Decent), Xololanxinxo simply cannot be described in words. Think spoken-word meets hood storytelling, Xolo has a flavor all his own.

"Well I'm an Iguana
and I move like I wanna
Through the hills of Tijuana"
Excerpt of Xololanxinxo from song "Farmer's Market of the Beast"
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Sleep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Busdriver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Abstract hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

WARNING: Lyrics may sound faster than they appear.

With a rapid-fire delivery, Busdriver is the forefront of abstract hip-hop, and although his style can be abrasive at first, give him a chance and you will learn to Fear the Black Tangent.
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The English League is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Comprised of Matre, Doc Lewd, Liferexall, and DJ Jericho J, The English League is effin' impossible to find in any store, so if you see it, BUY IT. You will not be disappointed.
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Liferexall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Liferexall
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Key-Kool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Akuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Akuma
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Existereo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Existereo
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Radioinactive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Josh Martinez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Awol One is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard

Raspy voice, schizophrenic lyrics, and a penchant for social observation. 'Nuff said.

"Up all night,
Sleepin' all day.
My father wasted sperm when he made me.

I have a strange trick that I can do with my eyes...
I can change them from brown to blind.
Up all night,
Sleepin' all day."

Awol One - Sleepin' All Day
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Deeskee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Deeskee
Super-producer for the West Coast, Deeskee produces tracks that always have a raw, acoustic feeling to them unique in today's hip-hop.
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2Mex is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
I was hesitant to put 2Mex on this list, since he's becoming very popular, but a West Coast list of hip-hop would never be complete without him. Half of the OMD crew, and a part of The Visionaries crew, 2Mex ALWAYS brings nothing but freshness to any track he's on.
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Joe Dub is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Joe Dub
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Myka 9 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Subtitle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
Subtitle
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LMNO is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Lateef & The Chief ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Haiku D'Etat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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The Visionaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Freestyle Fellowship is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Anticon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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Zion I is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard
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The Grouch & Eligh ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Coast Underground Hip-Hop You Haven't Heard