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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
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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

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502 160
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
danman082200 added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
The Notorious B.I.G. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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384 171
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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268 114
Big L is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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237 102
Tech 9 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Tech 9

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317 156
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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235 105
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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269 127
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Method Man and Redman Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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202 85
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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288 140
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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219 98
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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123 43
Nas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Nas Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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190 91
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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133 56
Redman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Redman Hip hop music

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180 95
D12 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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243 146
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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163 91
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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151 84
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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128 67
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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135 74
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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110 54
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Obie Trice Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mystikal Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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114 67
Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Brotha Lynch Hung Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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99 54
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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132 85
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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GZA is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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101 61
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
B-Real Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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106 66
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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145 102
Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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100 62
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Master_C_15 added Big Daddy Kane Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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75 44
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Chuck D Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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67 42
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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67 43
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
The Lox Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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102 80
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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68 49
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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66 47
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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85 68
Gravediggaz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Gravediggaz Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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63 45
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Young Buck Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

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68 55
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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62 49
Trick Daddy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick Daddy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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56 45
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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62 53
EPMD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
EPMD Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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61 52
Das EFX is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Das EFX Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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92 90
Necro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Necro Hip hop music, Thrash metal, Horrorcore