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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1,231 379
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
296 173
D12 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

3
824 227
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
201 143
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
90 46
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
221 119
Redman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music

7
239 135
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

8
78 46
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music

9
119 76
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

10
387 253
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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1,045 317
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
215 128
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

13
320 184
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

14
383 102
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
116 86
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

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138 84
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

17
120 93
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

18
750 241
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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65 46
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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284 60
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock -

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450 142
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

22
606 238
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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481 196
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
316 145
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
211 130
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

26
325 212
Big L is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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348 239
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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279 184
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

29
360 258
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

30
248 164
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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156 90
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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275 197
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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173 110
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

34
144 86
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

35
155 95
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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162 103
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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120 85
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 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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151 93
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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172 114
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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145 92
GZA is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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126 75
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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146 100
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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100 60
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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135 98
Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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158 126
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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93 60
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 62
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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86 78
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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89 67
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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49 39
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop