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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1,214 372
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

2
288 162
D12 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

3
194 129
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

4
805 225
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

5
87 39
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
236 124
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

7
218 113
Redman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Hip hop music

8
77 35
Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Hip hop music

9
113 67
Royce da 5'9
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

10
384 245
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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1,031 313
DMX is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

12
212 121
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

13
313 179
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

14
116 73
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop

15
138 76
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

16
65 31
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Matt1345 added Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

17
117 85
Bizarre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

18
372 99
Nas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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735 241
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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274 57
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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440 140
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

22
596 236
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
473 195
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
310 142
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

25
204 129
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

26
322 209
Big L is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

27
345 236
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

28
360 256
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

29
275 183
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

30
245 163
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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154 89
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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272 196
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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143 85
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

34
154 94
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

35
172 110
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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161 102
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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119 84
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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150 92
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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170 113
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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142 91
GZA is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

41
124 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

42
142 100
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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99 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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84 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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88 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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48 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