Hip-Hop The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists  

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While mainstream rap gets the glory, experimental hip hop artists are usual the ones doing the hard work of challenging listeners and pushing the boundaries of what people recognize as rap music. Experimental hip hop takes the genre and does things that stray from the norm in terms of song structure and the fusion and use of other genres outside of rap and hip hop music. All experimental hip hop bands take chances and risks that have made them beloved by their loyal fans, and have thus built a cult following. The best experimental hip hop musicians are beloved figures and well respected.

So, who should be considered among the best experimental hip hop artists? While the genre is easy to define, selecting what experimental hip hop musicians should be at or near the top of this list. But, like anything, experimental hip hop, is highly subjective. That's why you can have experimental hip hop artists as diverse as Death Grips, Aesop Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Gorillaz on the same list. These musicians are pioneers in experimental hip hop and are recognized as such.

That said, it's up to you to determine who should be at the top of experimental hip hop. Vote for the person you think is most qualified to be at the top instead of voting on the most popular experimental hip hop artist.This list answers the questions "who are the best experimental hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest experimental hip hop musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular experimental hip hop bands that you might've. (38 items)
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Death Grips is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop, Industrial hip hop

2
128 37
MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

3
89 19
Danny Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
StevenCramebroolayCramer added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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72 24
Madlib is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Disco

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75 30
A Tribe Called Quest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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46 12
Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
JustaRandomGuy added Hip hop, Experimental, R&B

7
65 27
Shabazz Palaces is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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56 21
J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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76 36
Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

10
76 36
Gorillaz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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44 13
El-P is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
DavintchiMaximillianus added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

12
51 22
De La Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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38 13
CLOUDDEAD is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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40 16
Dälek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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30 9
Kool Keith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

16
25 6
Deltron 3030 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
StevenCramebroolayCramer added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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37 20
Captain Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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41 26
Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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27 14
Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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20 10
Pete Rock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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25 15
Underachievers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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18 9
Flatbush ZOMBiES is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists

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8 1
clipping. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Homindo added

24
14 8
DJ Premier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop

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13 9
Sole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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25 22
Lil B is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Rock music, Hyphy

27
10 7
9th Wonder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music

28
5 2
insp!te is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
danocracch added Rap, Alt-Metal, Experimental

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12 10
Hi-Tek is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music

30
8 9
Edan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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6 7
Mr. M. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop, Rap music

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12 14
Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

33
2 3
Latyrx is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
StevenCramebroolayCramer added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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2 7
Achozen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Experimental hip hop, Experimental music

35
5 14
Kottonmouth Kings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Psychedelia

36
23 39
Mac Miller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music

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9 60
G-Eazy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music

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4 38
Hoodie Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Experimental Hip Hop Groups/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop