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

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

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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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Nas is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - TrakDiamondRecord.com

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Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Rakim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Tech N9ne Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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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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D12 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Obie Trice Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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Redman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Redman Hip hop music

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Geto Boys Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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B-Real is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
B-Real Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mystikal Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Brotha Lynch Hung Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Young Buck Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Chuck D Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Proof Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

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Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick-Trick Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

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The Lox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
The Lox Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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

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

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Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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Trick Daddy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick Daddy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop