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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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812 272
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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593 183
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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547 207
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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205 58
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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448 198
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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272 103
Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ol' Dirty Bastard Hip hop music, Rap music, Hardcore hip hop

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333 151
Method Man and Redman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Method Man and Redman Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

9
112 20
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - TrakDiamondRecord.com

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337 202
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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282 162
Big L is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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308 181
Onyx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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282 163
Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
groucho9395 added Tech N9ne Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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249 142
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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232 135
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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220 126
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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200 113
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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253 168
Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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133 70
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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191 119
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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140 77
Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Redman Hip hop music

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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140 79
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Obie Trice Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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161 100
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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174 113
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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145 89
Kool G Rap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Kool G Rap Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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133 79
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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123 71
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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148 97
Three 6 Mafia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Three 6 Mafia Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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126 78
Mystikal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mystikal Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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126 79
GZA is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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125 82
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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106 65
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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87 48
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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125 88
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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150 113
Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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106 72
B-Real is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
B-Real Hip hop music, Nu metal, Hardcore hip hop

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105 72
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 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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79 47
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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81 49
The Lox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
The Lox Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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77 53
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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109 91
Bad Meets Evil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Bad Meets Evil Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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73 55
Trick Daddy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick Daddy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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69 51
2 Live Crew is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
2 Live Crew Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Hardcore hip hop

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74 57
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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74 59
Young Buck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Young Buck Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop

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88 75
Gravediggaz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Gravediggaz Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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67 53
Boogie Down Productions is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Boogie Down Productions Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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68 57
Eve is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eve Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Pop music

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57 48
Styles P is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Styles P Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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72 67
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Fat Joe Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop