Rappers The Best Hardcore Rappers  

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Hardcore hip hop is a subgenre of rap music that developed at the beginning of the 1980s. The genre's lyrics tackled the harsh conditions of the urban experience and have resonated with many rap fans. The tenacious beats of hard rap songs add to the intensity. Hardcore rappers are recognized as the precursor to gangsta rap due to its unapologetic stances on anger and aggression towards violence, police brutality, crime, poverty, drugs and rebellion. Many hardcore rap songs take on these issues head on. Hardcore rap has become one of the most important subgenres of rap and has also played an important role in shaping conscious rap and political hip hop.

So, who are the best hardcore rappers? Any list of hardcore rappers has to include names like the Geto Boys, DMX, Necro, Big L, Immortal Technique and Notorious B.I.G. These hardcore rap artists are widely known as the most famous faces and important voices in hardcore rap. When you think of hardcore rap, you generally think of the hardcore rappers on this list. Even though some of the biggest names are widely known, that doesn't mean the lesser known groups are any less important. It's dark and gritty nature has won hardcore rap many admirers over the years.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best hardcore rappers. If you like hardcore hip hop, then feel free to vote on this list. If you notice someone isn't on this list, and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best hardcore hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hardcore 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 hardcore hip hop bands that you might've heard of.
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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782 223
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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1,008 311
DMX is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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356 95
Nas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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716 238
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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271 148
D12 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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225 109
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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208 102
Redman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music

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260 53
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - TrakDiamondRecord.com

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376 230
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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427 136
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

12
303 169
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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180 114
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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79 26
Proof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

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580 232
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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71 20
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music

17
204 107
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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104 52
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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458 193
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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130 71
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

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109 58
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

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59 16
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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111 72
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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296 138
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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316 203
Big L is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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340 230
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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359 251
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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271 179
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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242 158
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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189 127
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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270 191
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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141 83
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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147 86
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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158 100
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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150 93
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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146 90
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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167 108
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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168 111
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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138 89
GZA is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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118 74
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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139 99
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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112 83
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Master_C_15 added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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133 96
Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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95 58
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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158 124
Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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92 58
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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93 60
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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85 65
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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83 64
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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78 58
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop