The 50 Most Popular Hip Hop Music Genres, Ranked

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Vote up the best hip hop subgenres.

One of the most versatile forms of music in the last several decades is undoubtedly hip hop. It began as an underground movement in the 1970s with the first hip hop artists coming out of the Bronx in New York City. From the East Coast, the art form quickly spread throughout the country and around the world. Today, you can't turn on the radio without hearing a famous hip hop artist. However, there are plenty of subgenres within that art form that allow for experimentation. This list of hip hop genres will make for a nice walk down memory lane as you find a litany of rappers you love.

Hip hop is unique because many of the genres are derived from cities. East Coast and West Coast hip hop are famous examples of this, but there were also movements that came out of Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. That's not even getting into the various other subdivisions, such as crunk, gangsta rap, and trap. 

These are the most popular hip hop genres of all time. From the '70s to the present, this list runs down everything that influenced music as people know today. Vote for the types of hip hop music you like best!

  • Gangsta Rap

    Gangsta Rap

    Popular artists: Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Ice-T, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Sean Combs

    Rank the best gangsta rap artists here!

  • Hardcore Hip Hop

    Hardcore Hip Hop

    Popular artists: Eminem, Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ghostface Killah, Kool G Rap, Run-D.M.C., Onyx, Rakim

    Rank the best hardcore hip hop artists here!

  • Experimental Hip Hop

    Experimental Hip Hop

    Popular artists: Tyler, the Creator, Odd Future, Death Grips, El-P, clipping., Aesop Rock, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Brockhampton, A Tribe Called Quest

    Rank the best experimental hip hop artists here!

  • Alternative Hip Hop

    Alternative Hip Hop

    Popular artists: De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, OutKast, The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, Arrested Development, Danny Brown, Kid Cudi, K.Flay, MF Doom

    Rank the best alternative hip hop artists here!

  • G-Funk


    Popular artists: Nate Dogg, Warren G, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Above the Law, Tha Dogg Pound, Eazy-E, Daz Dillinger

    Rank the best g-funk artists here!

  • Drill


    Popular artists: Lil Durk, Chief Keef, King Louie, Lil Reese, Young Chop, Lil Bibby, G Herbo, Jadakiss, Kenny Allstar, Montana of 300

  • Cloud Rap

    Cloud Rap

    Popular artists: A$AP Rocky, Lil B, Yung Lean, Bones, Viper, Bladee, Post Malone, Rich the Kid, Famous Dex, Chris Travis

  • Freestyle Rap

    Freestyle Rap

    Popular artists: Proof, Big L, Supernatural, Serius Jones, Juice, Ruff Sqwad, Brainpower, Crooked I, Royce da 5'9", Method Man

    Rank the best freestyle rappers here!

  • Trap


    Popular artists: Migos, Gucci Mane, Future, Young Thug, Jeezy, Waka Flocka Flame, A$AP Ferg, Travis Scott, Cardi B

    Rank the best trap songs here!

  • Mafioso Rap

    Mafioso Rap

    Popular artists: The Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon, Nas, AZ, Jay-Z, Kool G Rap, Scarface, Mobb Deep, Rick Ross, Fat Joe

    Rank the best mafioso rap artists here!

  • Emo Hip Hop

    Emo Hip Hop

    Popular artists: XXXTentacion, Trippie Redd, Juice Wrld, Lil Tracy, Casper, Lil Xan, Lil Peep, Bones, Lil Skies, Guardin

    Rank the best emo hip hop artists here!

  • Hip Hop Soul

    Hip Hop Soul

    Popular artists: Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R., Usher, John Legend, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys

    Rank the best hip hop soul artists here!

  • Pop Rap

    Pop Rap

    Popular artists: Nicki Minaj, Drake, LL Cool J, Kanye West, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, The Black Eyes Peas, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Salt-n-Pepa

    Rank the best pop rap artists here!

  • Underground Hip Hop

    Underground Hip Hop

    Popular artists: Jedi Mind Tricks, MF DOOM, Madlib, Cannibal Ox, Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Deltron 3030, 9th Wonder, Mr. Lif

    Rank the best underground hip hop artists here!

  • Instrumental Hip Hop

    Instrumental Hip Hop

    Popular artists: Knxwledge, RJD2, Onra, Oddisee, DJ Krush, DJ Cam, K-Def, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Madlib

  • Dirty South

    Dirty South

    Popular artists: OutKast, Ludacris, Goodie Mob, UGK, Juvenile, Master P, Big Boi, DJ Screw, Jermaine Dupri, Mike Jones

    Rank the best dirty south artists here!

  • Mumble Rap

    Mumble Rap

    Popular artists: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, Desiigner, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, XXXTentacion, 6ix9ine, Lil Xan

  • House Rap

    House Rap

    Popular artists: Azealia Banks, Jungle Brothers, Kid Cudi, Flo Rida, Tinie Tempah, 2 Chainz, David Guetta, Fast Eddie, Lil Kim, T-Pain

  • Jazz Rap

    Jazz Rap

    Popular artists: The Roots, Guru, Gang Starr, Us3, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, Mos Def

    Rank the best jazz rap artists here!

  • Political Hip Hop

    Political Hip Hop

    Popular artists: Public Enemy, Chuck D, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Mos Def, Common, Killer Mike, The Roots, Run the Jewels

    Rank the best political hip hop artists here!

  • Crunk


    Popular artists: Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, Lil Scrappy, Three 6 Mafia, Ciara, Pitbull, Ludacris, Trillville, Crime Mob, T.I.

    Rank the best crunk artists here!

  • Bounce


    Popular artists: Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Nicky Da B, Big Tymers, Big K.R.I.T., B.G., Magnolia Shorty, Juvenile, Lil Wayne

  • Lo-Fi Hip Hop

    Lo-Fi Hip Hop

    Popular artists: MF DOOM, Knxwledge, Nujabes, Flying Lotus, Fat Jon, Joji, Blu, Eevee, J Dilla, Jazzinuf

  • New Jack Swing

    New Jack Swing

    Popular artists: Bruno Mars, Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, New Edition, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, Heavy D, TLC, Blackstreet

    Rank the best new jack swing artists here!

  • Rap Rock

    Rap Rock

    Popular artists: Korn, Linkin Park, Hollywood Undead, Cypress Hill, Death Grips, Tech N9ne, Bloodhound Gang, Beastie Boys, twenty one pilots, Limp Bizkit

    Rank the best rap rock artists here!