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Top Ten Underground Rappers

MF Doom​
MF Doom​

Daniel Dumile (/ ˈ d uː m ɪ l eɪ / DOO-mil-ay; born January 9, 1971) is a British-born, US-based hip hop recording artist and record producer from Long Island, New York. Best known for his "super villain" stage persona and unique lyrics, Dumile has taken on several stage names in his career, most notably MF Doom (stylized as MF DOOM).

Immortal ​Technique​
Immortal ​Technique​

Immortal Technique is the only rapper in history to have a "Hip Hop Quotable" while being unsigned. He released his second album Revolutionary Vol. 2 in 2003. In 2004, Viper Records and, in 2005, Babygrande Records re-released Immortal Technique's debut, Revolutionary Vol. 1, to make it available to a wider audience.

Aesop Rock​
Aesop Rock​

Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in Portland, Oregon. He was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Hopsin​
Hopsin​

the guy has like 400 mil views on YouTube Ill Mind 5 has 60 mil views Sag my Pants 40 mil And Ill Mind 8 that dropped less than a month ago got 10+ mil views.

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Tech N9ne​
Tech N9ne​

Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known as Tech N9ne (pronounced "Tech Nine"), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In 1999, he and business partner Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange Music.

Murs​
Murs​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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Eminem​
Eminem​

E-40 isn't underground, he is one of the most popular rappers - venomouskillingmachine 17 KRS-One Lawrence "Kris" Parker, better known by his stage names KRS-One, and Teacha, is an American rapper and occasional producer from The Bronx, New York City, New York.

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Big L​
Big L​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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El-P​
El-P​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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Earl ​Sweatshirt​
Earl ​Sweatshirt​

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile (born February 24 1994), better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper and record producer from Los Angeles, California. His father was the South African black nationalist poet Keorapetse Kgositsile.

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J Dilla​
J Dilla​

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village.

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R.A. the ​Rugged Man​
R.A. the ​Rugged Man​

R.A. Thorburn, better known by his stage name R.A. the Rugged Man, is an American rapper. He began his music career at age 12, building a reputation locally for his lyrical skills. R.A. signed to major label Jive Records at age 18, but his debut album, Night of the Bloody Apes, was never released.

Mos Def​
Mos Def​

Best known for his music, Mos Def embarked on his hip hop career in 1994, alongside his siblings in the short-lived rap group Urban Thermo Dynamics (UTD), after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul.

Blu​
Blu​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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Tupac Shakur​
Tupac Shakur​

The 25-year-old Shakur had helped elevate rap from a crude street fad to a complex art form, setting the stage for the current global hip-hop phenomenon". To preserve Shakur's legacy, his mother founded the Shakur Family Foundation (later renamed the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation or TASF) in 1997.

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A$AP Rocky​
A$AP Rocky​

A$AP Rocky exploded onto the rap scene in 2011 like a grenade with braids. Rocky and his Harlem-based A$AP Mob officially formed in 2007 but it was just last fall that we were asking who is A$AP Rocky?.

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Cage​
Cage​

Christian Palko (born May 4, 1973), better known by his stage name Cage, is an American rapper and actor from Middletown, Orange County, New York. Cage is perhaps best known for his work under the labels Definitive Jux and Eastern Conference, as well as his 2002 debut studio album Movies for the Blind.

Vinnie Paz​
Vinnie Paz​

Vincenzo Luvineri (born October 5, 1977), better known as Vinnie Paz (formerly known as Ikon the Verbal Hologram), is an Italian American rapper and the lyricist behind the Philadelphia underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks. He is also the frontman of the hip hop supergroup Army of the Pharaohs.

Action ​Bronson​
Action ​Bronson​

Action Bronson cites fellow American rappers Kool G Rap, Nas, …

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Apathy​
Apathy​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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Del the Funky ​Homosapien​
Del the Funky ​Homosapien​

In 2004 Elektra released The Best of Del tha Funkee Homosapien: The Elektra Years without the approval of Del. The CD only includes songs from his first two albums, along with a handful of b-sides from that era.

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Madlib​
Madlib​

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.

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Jean Grae​
Jean Grae​

Jean Grae (born Tsidi Ibrahim, November 26, 1976), formerly known as What? What?, is an American hip hop recording artist, actress, and comedian from Brooklyn, New York City. She rose to prominence in the underground hip hop scene in New York City and has since built an international fanbase.

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Talib Kweli​
Talib Kweli​

Talib Kweli. Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975) is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star.

Necro​
Necro​

Necro plays a hip-hop subgenre called horrorcore. He has also played rap metal and has combined rap with death metal music. Necro refers to his music as "death rap" to describe his style of ultraviolent hip hop and to distinguish himself from other genre labels created by the media.

Illogic​
Illogic​

Underground hip hop is an umbrella term for hip hop music outside the general commercial canon. It is typically associated with independent artists, signed to independent labels or no label at all. Underground hip hop is often characterized by socially conscious, positive, or anti-commercial lyrics.

Sean Price​
Sean Price​

Sean Price was an integral member of the underground hip-hop collective Boot Camp Clik, alongside Black Moon’s Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun members Tek and Steele, and the trio O.G.C. Performing under the Alias Ruckus (often shortened to Ruck), the Brownsville, Brooklyn-bred emcee joined forces with fellow Boot Camp affiliate, Rock (Jahmal Bush) to form the duo Heltah Skeltah.

KRS-One​
KRS-One​

The best underground rappers, which includes a lot of underrated rappers within the underground rap scene. A lot of these rappers kill it at free styling and aren't really concerned with the mainstream scene, which the radio focuses on.

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Black Milk​
Black Milk​

On October 15, 2013, Black Milk released his a new album titled No Poison No Paradise, which included features from Black Thought of The Roots, Mel, Robert Glasper, Dwele, Quelle Chris, Ab and Tone Trezure, as well as additional production from Will Sessions.

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