rappers 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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N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
danman082200 added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

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993 333
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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895 295
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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619 216
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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266 74
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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326 117
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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505 214
Mobb Deep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Mobb Deep Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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171 35
Feloni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RealKnowledge added Feloni Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - TrakDiamondRecord.com

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407 177
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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241 118
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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298 186
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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351 228
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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305 193
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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261 159
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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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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233 139
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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239 145
Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Xzibit Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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153 82
Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
-1453909370488 added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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264 178
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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140 75
Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Prodigy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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150 85
Redman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
RuffRugged added Redman Hip hop music

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D12 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
D12 Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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143 82
MC Ren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
MC Ren Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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143 84
Obie Trice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Obie Trice Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Midwest hip hop

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165 104
M.O.P. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
M.O.P. Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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152 93
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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137 80
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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181 119
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Ludacris Hip hop music, Atlanta hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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156 100
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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133 82
GZA is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
GZA Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

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112 67
Eric B. & Rakim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eric B. & Rakim Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Old-school hip hop

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128 84
Brotha Lynch Hung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Brotha Lynch Hung Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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134 92
Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Run–D.M.C. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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90 50
Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Chuck D Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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153 115
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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111 74
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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83 47
Outlawz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Outlawz Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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108 72
Big Daddy Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 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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84 51
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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79 55
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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113 95
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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79 58
Eightball & MJG is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Eightball & MJG Hip hop music, Dirty rap, Horrorcore

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Trick Daddy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
Trick Daddy Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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71 52
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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91 76
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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71 54
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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76 63
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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70 60
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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77 69
Fat Joe is listed (or ranked) 49 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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43 31
Slick Rick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hardcore Rappers
PaulCooper-1 added Slick Rick Hip hop music, Old-school hip hop, East Coast hip hop