Top Ten Most Underrated Rappers

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1Immortal TechniqueFelipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist from Lima, Peru.

This man is incredibly underrated. Just because he's not mainstream and doesn't have songs on the radio does not take away from this emcees art. He is probably the most revolutionary rapper since 2pac and doesn't get nearly the respect in hip-hop that he deserves. He is not flashing his money and running around in nice cars, instead he helps people suffering all over the world, and teaches them through his lyrics. Regardless of what people may say, he is one of the greatest rappers of all time! - CrossRoad

Amazing that he isn't as well known as he should be! Oh and why are tupac and eminem on this list?!?! They win everything they're in how are they underrated at all?

THANK YOU! I love to see people giving Immortal Technique respect on here. Been a huge fan for a long time. He is not only the most underrated but simply the greatest rapper of all time. - dude5600

On a mainstream level yeah his underrated. On the underground state he is overrated

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2Royce da 5'9Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan.

Royce never got the props despite the sickest flow

It's so basic to say 5'9 is Eminem pt. 2. "He comes from Detroit, has a sick flow, and hilarious wit and vulgarity." But honestly being compared to Eminem and not getting the respect for it is why he's underrated. This guy is a beast on the mic, and he carries a chip on his shoulder for being in Eminem's shadow for almost 20 years. His solo work is incredible, especially when he collaborates with DJ Premier's beats. In my opinion, Bad Meets Evil is one of the most lethal rap duos. Easily in the same breath as Outkast, Meth+Red, Mobb Deep, Run the Jewels, you name it. And its not because Em is dragging 5'9 along.

Nah nah nah Royce is definitely the most Underrated rapper. Royce is the only one who can keep up with em's lyricism. His flow is sick, sick lyrics good message him and immortal technique are the definition of underrated.

He's one of the only people alive who can match, if not beat, the flow of Eminem. He shows that Detroit hots the kings of lyrics, and the kings of hip-hop

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3AZ

Absolutely ridiculous flow and wordplay. He is unmatched when it comes to rhyming and can jump on ANY beat and smash it. Truly one of the best and has never earned recognition for it. if you need proof, one song will do it... "the format"... enough said

Really? Eminem isn't underrated at all. Every YouTube video you see Eminem is the greatest! Or my top five best rappers of all time are 1. Eminem 2. Slim shady 3. Marshall mathers 4. That white kid from detroit 5. Eminem! AZ is by far the most underrated. He's never put out anything less than a great album, and he has more multi syllabic rhymes than Nas, who he collabs with a lot. By the way, 2Pac and Biggie aren't underrated either.

AZ is the most underrated, he's up with my favorite rappers like nas pac and andre, idk how he isn't heard by everybody

Az has rapped on a level with nas and beyond for a little while now. Never fell off. Just very overlooked.

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4Big LLamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came ...read more.

Great freestyle rapper and great flow.
If he was still alive today he would be one if the greatest rappers of all time. - thug4life

I know his entire career was a huge "What if?" but with his freestyles,creative storytelling and wordplay he was bound to be the greatest or one of the greatest. - Chris-1

Great freestyler, bet punch lines, and damn good flow. Gone too soon.

Big L was on a meteoric path to the top of the game before his murder. They say an old friend of his got jealous and gunned him down. Might as well have stabbed Mozart. Poisoned Shakespeare. Bombed Coppola. Essentially wiped out a true creator and game changer.

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5HopsinMarcus Jamal Hopson, better known by his stage name Hopsin, is an American rapper, record producer, director and actor from Los Angeles, California.

Probebely the realest and best rapper in the game today his flow is great and his songs tell good stories he also has some of the best lyrics in rap

Hopsin speaks the truth and is one of the few "good guy" rappers, he discourages drug use and his voice and flow is incredible. I especially like the way he switches up his accent and speed.

He can actually right and rapper about meaningful things unlike most of today's mainstream rap he's a lyricist and a true mc unlike that poser lil wayne

He is not afraid to publish unpopular texts/messages which are mostly legit and that is arguably the reason for his huge hate base/ underestimation.

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6YelawolfMichael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, is an American hip hop recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama.

He is the Original Slumerican Shitizen and deserves to be the most famous on YouTube he only has 373.286 subscribers (around the population of Iceland) if you don't know who he is just listen to his newest album Love Story and if you have the time maybe also listen to Trunk Muzik 0-60 and Trunk Muzik Returns and don't forget Radioactive

How is Eminem and 2pac on this? They're both considered rap gods.

Lyrically one of the slickest rappers in the game and can change flows with ease, not to mention his creativity and artistry in his songs. He can go just as fast as anyone but still maintains proper lyricism and is one of the best story tellers

He's very good I liked many songs in his album Love Story. He's my 2nd favorite white rapper after Eminem.

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7KRS-One

really people he gets no respect probably the most powerful mc of all time and ask around to your hip hop buddies they say lil wayne and soulja boy are good... ask them to name one song by KRS, Rakim, or Talib Kweli... rap has lost its roots

KRS-One is one of the greatest of all-time. He should be competing on that list rather. I don't think he's underrated, but considering that today's generation don't appreciate talent, I can see a case for him being underrated today

Damn. I feel bad to see KRS so high in this top ten and to vote for him. It's sad how the Teacha himself is one of the most underrated rappers of all time (well, I voted for him: in my humble opinion the most underrated). Besides the fact that his delivery is unique and all the other technical skills he has... this guy could teach any other rapper how to improve in hip hop culture as an MC... and people don't even know one of his songs!

One of the greatest ever but never mentioned in most people's lists.

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8Kid CudiScott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio.

Cudi is definitely one of the top rappers over the last couple years. Soundtrack 2 My Life, The Prayer, and The Pursuit of Happiness are such heavy and deep songs. Definitely should be up with Immortal Technique on this list

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9Tech N9ne ...read more.

Look up his music on YouTube, and keep listening to song after song you'll soon discover hit after hit, not just one or two like most rappers, a half dozen like good ones, he produces hit after hit, his albums are solidly filled with must play after must play, go out onto YouTube right now type in tech n9ne and listen to his music, and keep digging you'll be surprised you haven't heard about him sooner.

Tech's background is what makes him my favorite underrated rapper. It's an even bigger mystery to me on why his best songs are unheard of. There is way more than meets the eye with this rapper and with his diverse variety will leave you no choice but to put one of his tracks on repeat

He should be near the top of all-time rappers list, but because he's not a sellout his name recognition is limited. Most people if they've heard of him have only listened to "Am I a Psycho" because it features B.O. B and Hopsin, which is a shame. His flow is as amazing as it gets and no one spits iller. "Einstein", "Planet Rock 2000", "Worldwide Choppers", "Caribou Lou", "Am I a Psycho", "Technicians", "Let's Go"

Get Blowed is an all time great smoking song! #420

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10The GameJayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper and actor. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Game spent most of his childhood in foster care (up until high school) even though he knew all of his brothers and sisters. Since 2002, Game ...read more.

Why is he in here? His music is the best! People have no more good taste in hip hop anymore...

Game is the illest mc in the game

Jesus piece is top 10 albums of all time

Game is the best of all time every solo album a classic

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The Contenders

11EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

He's the greatest but I really don't think he supposed to be on this list he's not underrated at all, I guess maybe because he's white

Eminem is the 1. Person who should not be on this list, he is no were near as good as he used to be, very overrated now, he needs to go back to slim again

Eminem sells millions of records, he's one of the most famous and loved rappers ever, and his millions of fans worship him. HOW IS HE UNDERRATED?

He's isn't on the A-List though

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12NasNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper. His album, Illmatic, is considered to be one of the best rap albums of all time . He is also considered to be one of the best rappers of all time.

I wouldn't call Nas underrated. He is praised and known by pretty much everyone in the hip hop community. Get him off this list. Nas is not underrated at all.

King of hip-hop, shouldn't even be named in the same sentence as. Eminem.

Best rapper of all time in my opinion. I know he's considered top4 but I think he's underrated because if he was dead he'd be in the same conversation as Biggie/Pac.

Best rapper of all time. A little underrated. Eminem is overrated, how is he above Nasty Nas?

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13MF DoomDaniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

MF Doom is a lyrical genius who deserves to be #1. His tracks are far more advanced and well thought out than any track made by any of these guys. Between his sick beats and his lyrics he is ultimately the greatest rapper to ever grace this planet. And how the hell are the notorious B.I.G. and Tupac underrated, they shouldn't even be on this list. MF Doom beats all

Strange list, a lot of very good underrated rappers, mf, krs one, Joel Ortiz etc. I went for mf doom as he's the one rapper that my friends had never heard of. A lot of rappers good who are definitely not underrated, nas, biggie. But some hugely overrated rappers, Eminem is pretty average, mac miller, Asher Roth? What laugh out loud

MF DOOM is a lot better than some of the people above him here, he has a very in-depth flow and the way he has created his villainous character is amazing. With production value and lyrical capabilities I don't see how he is not a lot higher on this list.

He's so underrated but so messing good with his amazing beats, and impeccable flow and lyrics

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14Busta RhymesTrevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.

Easily one of the most underrated rappers, he is so fast and has a really nice flow, should be in the top 10 along with Yelawolf and Ludacris, one of the most talented rappers in my opinion

This guy should be number one has one of the best flows to ever hit the rap game and he's rhymes are amazing he's even underrated on this list - donovanthorn

Why is he under biggie tupac and eminem on an UNDErrated LIST!

Now. This name deserves to be top five along with royce

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15Wiz KhalifaCameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.

Not underrated. 7 million subs on YouTube. But I don't really hear many stories about him. - Antwon

I'm confused...he is both on overrated and underrated list

He really is underrated rapper.

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16Mac MillerMalcolm James McCormick, best known by his stage name Mac Miller, is an American rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lyrically Mac Miller is a genius and has a flow that you can just sit back and relax to. Most of the rappers that are mentioned on this list ahead of him are not "underrated" in the slightest, in fact, a lot of them are some of the biggest commercial artists out there. Mac Miller is an amazing artist that isn't very well known but has an immense amount of talent that is still revealing itself and I think one day people will see. Thumbs up!

Listen to songs like "The Star Room" or "Diablo" or even "I Am Who Am". It really shows off how lyrical he really is and how complex he can be with his lyrics.

Are you kidding me? Eminem? Sure he WAS amazing back in the day (1999-2003), but now he's 43 and is no where near as good as he used to be. Mac Miller on the other hand is amazing right now! Go listen to the Faces mixtape, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, and GO:OD AM. So underrated.

Honestly Mac Miller is my favorite rapper. Very underrated - Jonerman

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17Black Thought

Overshadowed by the great skills of? uestlove and by the speed of which he raps (not fast per se but rather at a pace that can go by you when your not paying attention). If you listen closely you realize Black Thought might belong in your top ten rappers list.

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18Mc RenLorenzo Jerald Patterson, better known by his stage name MC Ren, is an American rapper from Compton, California. He is the founder and owner of the record label Villain Entertainment. His moniker is derived from the middle letters in his first name.

He never got what he deserved, and his killed every song in NWA and after NWA, this web site never makes any sense, tupac as underrated? Come on notorious as underrated? He only make 2 albums and is the number 2 most famous rapper, look at the reality

Great emcee but constantly overlooked and he is so underrated.

Should've been bigger! Great that he's been recently making a comeback.

I like he's solos albums the most after they broke up

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19Big PunChristopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name Big Pun, was an American rapper. Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in The Bronx borough of New York City, in the early 1990s, he was the first Latino rapper to have an album certified platinum as a solo act. ...read more.

Way better than what's topping the charts today...
Pun had the lyrics man!

Top 5 all time emcee. How he is so low on this list is beyond me. These lists are a joke.

Best latino rapper ever. Nobody is near this guy except my guy JOELL ORTIZ

This guys rhyming would kill you, It's insane

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20Crooked I

Crooked I is a lyrical genius who is always on point with his song. He doesn't rap about dumb s*** like most rappers like lil Wayne. In my mind he is the one of the greatest and Slaughterhouse is the greatest rap group of all time along side Bone Thugs -n- Harmony.

Just listen to his EPs and Mixtapes, best west coast breather after all the gangstas (Game etc) fell of

Lyrical genius. Sadly underrated

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