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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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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529 167
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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489 190
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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401 180
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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226 92
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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44 3
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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253 119
Tech 9 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Tech 9

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268 134
Big L is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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273 142
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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137 51
Nas is listed (or ranked) 11 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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321 177
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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291 161
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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238 126
Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big Pun Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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224 120
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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208 118
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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192 107
Rakim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Rakim Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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134 68
Redman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Redman Hip hop music

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245 160
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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183 111
D12 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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134 74
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Obie Trice Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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166 105
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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152 95
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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115 65
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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128 77
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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137 85
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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121 73
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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113 70
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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136 94
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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101 62
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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118 78
Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Brotha Lynch Hung Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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117 78
GZA is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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82 46
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Chuck D Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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121 84
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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104 68
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
B-Real Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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102 68
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 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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145 110
Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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74 46
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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73 46
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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72 50
Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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71 50
Trick Daddy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick Daddy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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103 87
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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71 53
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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63 46
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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85 72
Gravediggaz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Gravediggaz Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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65 50
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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70 56
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Young Buck Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

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71 62
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 48 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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64 54
Eve is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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52 43
Trick-Trick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick-Trick Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Detroit hip hop