Hip-Hop 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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1,269 393
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
315 200
D12 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

3
861 238
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

4
217 166
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
102 66
Proof is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

6
235 136
Redman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music

7
251 161
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

8
138 101
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

9
1,088 326
DMX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

10
86 73
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music

11
399 281
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
330 202
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

13
225 151
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

14
414 109
Nas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

15
785 244
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

16
144 98
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

17
313 67
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock -

TrakDiamondRecord.com

18
119 111
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

19
125 119
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

20
74 77
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

21
471 146
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

22
625 241
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

23
495 199
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

24
333 147
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
225 137
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop