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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1,249 388
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
305 194
D12 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

3
844 233
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
208 161
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

5
228 133
Redman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music

6
95 62
Proof is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music, Midwest hip hop

7
246 156
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

8
132 95
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

9
1,069 325
DMX is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

10
84 66
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music

11
394 274
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
221 148
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

13
324 199
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

14
404 107
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
772 244
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
142 95
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

17
118 103
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

18
123 113
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

19
305 67
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock -

TrakDiamondRecord.com

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72 68
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

21
466 145
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

22
621 240
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
493 199
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
327 147
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
219 137
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

26
333 216
Big L is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

27
353 243
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

28
283 189
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
254 166
Geto Boys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

30
364 263
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

31
165 93
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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279 200
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

33
179 113
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

34
148 88
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

35
158 96
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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123 85
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 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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166 105
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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154 94
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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152 92
GZA is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

40
132 75
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

41
175 116
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

42
153 101
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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104 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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138 100
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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160 128
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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96 63
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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94 64
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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89 80
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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52 39
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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84 60
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop