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Unlike their mainstream counterparts, underground hip hop is exactly what it sounds like: rappers who haven't quite hit the mainstream, yet retain a strong, devoted following. The best underground rappers are generally independent rappers who are signed either to an indie label or no label at all and whose lyrical matter discusses either social issues, political issues and other types anti-excess subjects. Some of the best underground rappers are also known as conscious rappers and to some, as the forebearers of alternative hip hop. No matter what your definition of underground hip hop is, the best rappers in this genre are widely respected by their peers due to their ability to not give in to external pressures to strike it big, yet are remaining true to their underground rap roots.

So, who are the best underground rappers? When you think of underground hip hop artists, some of the big names (at least by underground rap standards) are Big L, Aesop Rock, Dead Prez, Madlib, El-P, Atmosphere and Blackalicious. These are some of the most respected names in rap music. Many of the best underground rappers are recognized for retaining the original hip hop ethos and message of change, and the top underground artists are critically acclaimed for producing original, refreshing sounds that deviates, yet doesn't encompass popular rap.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best underground rappers. If you think someone is missing from this list of underground hip hop artists, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best underground hip hop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest underground 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 underground hip hop bands that you might've heard of. 

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
RealKnowledge added Feloni Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock - Unlike many artists who are given the opportunity to join mainstreem, Feloni remained indie by continuing to self-release music on her independant Detroit label, TrakDiamondRecord.com.   

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Dead Prez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Dead Prez Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Hopsin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Hopsin Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Big L Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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MF Doom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
MF Doom Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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Aesop Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Aesop Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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164 77
Atmosphere is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Atmosphere Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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129 59
Pharoahe Monch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Makumim added Pharoahe Monch Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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Jedi Mind Tricks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Tarekh Lacio added Jedi Mind Tricks Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Army of the Pharaohs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Army of the Pharaohs Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

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R.A. The Rugged Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added R.A. The Rugged Man Hip hop music, Dirty rap

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$uicideboy$ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
GabEJohnston added $uicideboy$

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Eyedea & Abilities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Eyedea & Abilities Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Brother Ali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Brother Ali Hip hop music, Rap music

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Earl Sweatshirt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Earl Sweatshirt Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Horrorcore

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86 45
El-P is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Makumim added El-P Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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79 42
Madlib is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Madlib Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Disco

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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Onyx Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop

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70 46
Blackalicious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Blackalicious Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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77 56
Yelawolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Yelawolf Hip hop music, Ghettotech, Experimental music

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Ras Kass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Ras Kass Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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58 44
Action Bronson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Action Bronson Hip hop music

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Blu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Blu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop

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52 41
Non Phixion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Non Phixion Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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59 51
Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
danman082200 added Machine Gun Kelly Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

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Lords of the Underground is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Lords of the Underground Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

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Snowgoons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Snowgoons Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Rap music

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Styles of Beyond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Styles of Beyond Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock

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danman082200 added

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The X-Ecutioners is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
The X-Ecutioners Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rapcore

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Guilty Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Guilty Simpson Alternative hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Hip Hop

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MF Grimm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
MF Grimm Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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Jarren Benton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
WyattBanham added Jarren Benton East coast rapper signed to funk volume

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Night Lovell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
akuma.g59 added Night Lovell

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Dan the Automator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Dan the Automator Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop

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Asheru is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Asheru Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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C-BO is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
C-BO Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk

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Non-Prophets is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Non-Prophets Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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20 26
Exile is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Exile Hip hop music

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Astronautalis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Astronautalis Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Indie

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Haiku D'Etat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Haiku D'Etat Alternative hip hop, Underground hip hop

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Face Candy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Face Candy Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

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Ugly Duckling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Ugly Duckling Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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88-keys is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
88-keys Hip hop music, Underground hip hop

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KutMasta Kurt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Christian Plattner added KutMasta Kurt Hip hop music

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Qwel & Maker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Spencer Wallack added Qwel & Maker

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SwizZz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
WyattBanham added SwizZz Hip hop music - Justin Ritter (born September 28, 1987), better known by SwizZz. He is best known for significantly collaborating with childhood friend Hopsin, and being signed to his record label Funk Volume, which was ...

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Ceschi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Ceschi Alternative hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie folk

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Uncle Murda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Underground Hip Hop Groups
Uncle Murda Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop