Top Ten Most Underrated Rappers
The Top Ten
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
SERIOUSLY UNDERRATED. His lyrical flow and story telling poetry is masterpiece better than 99% of mainstream so called "rappers and hip hop artist". He can school them. In KRS words "This is the difference between emceeing and rap. Rappers spit rhymes that are mostly illegal Emcees spit rhymes to uplift their people".
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.
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
Guys flow and lyrics are fire. - Chris-1
Royce never got the props despite the sickest flow
He has achieved levels of excellency never seen before, and does not get the credit he deserves. Ever.
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.
One of the realest rappers out there. He spits the truth and doesn't care about the fame. He didn't change because that's what he believes he is, and he doesn't pretend to be something he isn't. He's my favourite artist.
The thing about Hopsin is that he's a decent rapper. But his personality is what sets people apart from his music.
Shut up haters listen to the later Ill mind series and you will hear a master of music - MRRANDOM
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
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
The Pursuit of Happiness man
Much better than Eminem - 445956
Cudi changed my life
Most underrated rapper with a lot of rhyme schemes and great technical skills
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.
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"
He could easily be one of the most famous rappers, but he decided to start strange music instead of signing to a more famous label. He is in the top 10 ever
One of the most Under appreciated emcees in history, He is the most versatile rapper, His style is so unique and it has a lot of good vibes to it plus the great lyrical ability he has which is heavily influenced by Eminem and N.W.A
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.
Dope artist with extremly variant artistic talents, It's sad to see such talent overlooked and severly slept on. That Trial By Fire Lp deserves a plat certification
Legendary and needs more respect. Man was one of the most influential rappers ever. - DarkBoi-X
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!
He's not underrated at all. Every single rapper in hip hop who actually raps knows who he is and respects him - venomouskillingmachine
This guy knows how to may you think and is so articulate. His voice goes so well with all of the sounds the roots create. Black thought is overlooked because he is the rapper from the roots, but he could go solo easily and still be great.
Best lyricist of all time not named "Eminem."
One of the best
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.
Why is he in here? His music is the best! People have no more good taste in hip hop anymore...
Dude destroys the mic
Jesus piece is top 10 albums of all time
Game is the illest mc in the game
Invented the mafioso rap, and ultimately influenced strongly on the greatest rapper of all time, Nasir Jones.
You know you're truly underrated when you're even underrated on the underrated list.
Maybe underrated by today's generation, but in hip hop he's already seen as one of the greats. - DaWyteNight
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
Great rapper but disappointing solo career, I think that's why he's underrated. - DaWyteNight
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 not underrated
One Of the best rappers!
NF started out with a sort of Eminem vibe, but lately his music has been straight FIRE he has come out with great songs like "No name" "Real" and more and if you only know his name from "let you down" and you are a big fan of rap you really should check out his other songs, he is in my opinion the most underrated rapper but I expect with the way his recent songs have been growing that soon lots of people will probably know his name
Easily one of the most underrated rappers now. He doesn't drop crazy lyrics, just facts. I hope he never sells out
NF isn't the next Eminem, he's the first NF! Just because he is a Christian is why people don't love him, check out let you down FORGOT THE LYRICS...still rocks it on youtube!
This man is real, it's not all about drugs, girls and money. He talks about real life issues and doesn't curse.
Man this guy was the only one to destroy Eminem lyrically and LL Cool J and now his going after Royce the 5'9
Man this guy is crazy,
he is like a walking vocab that has been written by Shakespeare
Just listen to
Second Round K. O (LL Diss)
Joey Budden vs Cupcakes (Royce and Joey Diss)
or 100 Bars
He never made it because his production wasn't that good because he had wack beats
BUT DJ Premiere has helped him on some songs.
He has barely any fans unlike Stan fans that say Canibus is Can-I-Bitch.
99% of LL fans wear high heels...
Should be number 1! Arguably better lyrically than Eminem is his prime and Eminem is known as the face of Rap while this guy isn't know anywhere.
I listen to his music each and every day and I go like DAMN why is he not getting the recognition. I am born and bread in Ghana.
One of the all time greats, the man has been putting out amazing lyrical content and meaningful music for a long time.
He's only underrated by dumb people who think Jay-Z and Lil Wayne are the best rappers. In the hip hop community he's seen as one of the goats. He just isn't as mainstream or well known outside of hip hop because he didn't die and become extremely overrated (Biggie Smalls) or sell out (Jay Z) - DaWyteNight
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.
More like overrated. Not saying he's bad by any means. He's anything but underrated.
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.
Below the Heavens was a classic, but he hasn't made anything even close to as good since. - DaWyteNight
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.
Best rapper I've ever heard you hear some of his great lyrics and you're hooked; go listen to him now!
How is slim number 4? He is good but in no way underrated. K-Rino is a beast flow, lyrics, everything. Listen to any one of his songs.
Definitely the best lyricist from the south - DaWyteNight
The greatest ever? Probably
The best hands down way better than Eminem
Musical genius and really underrated. He's had a chart topper every now and then but honestly deserves more - LightningBlade
Very unique and great rap and music artist
He now made This is America. - Not_A_Weeaboo
Deserves a lot more cred than he gets
Everyone only hating on him cause of the Eminem feud, he actually good though lol - allthegoodusernamesaretaken
Yeah, if you look deeper than songs like Wild Boy, and listen to songs like Edge Of Destruction, Dark Side Of The Moon, or even End Of The Road, he has great story telling ability, and deep lyricism that is highly looked over.
Give him a chance he has some deep songs very good lyrics
Even though I didn't vote for him, he is a very close second place. Listen to Invincible, and you'll know what I mean. - ChickenKing
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
Part of the greatest rap group of all time great solo albums top 5 of all time go back and listen if you don't believe me
Face isn't underrated. - DaWyteNight
The most underrated rapper of all time
This guy is in the same league as Kendrick Lamar
To me he's among the best rappers of today - KiloMetres
This guy is straight garbage, he's not underrated at all. Get this fake mainstream poser off the list! - DaWyteNight
He's not underrated but his lyrical tracks are underrated, his most mainstream songs are his worst ones. - AlphaQ
Very underrated... He may br corny & try to hard, but he's an absolutely great rapper thst deserves more credit.
This dude is great? How is he even here?
Its sad that this rapper is not getting the attention he clearly deserves.
He's am amazing rapper with an amazing album. He's most underrated Because people don't like white rappers but his words a really moving and have meaning.
He is so underrated but he is an amazing rapper, In fact he is my favourite rapper of all time!
For everybody who doesn't like Logic what's your logic?
He should be top 20 at least, seriously some of these rappers aren't even underrated.
His flow is off the chain and he has amazing, witty lyrics that will make you laugh and think "I love how he said that! " - RnBLover
Should be much higher, most of these rappers aren't underrated, how is Eminem even here! - DaWyteNight
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
The new king of East-Side Long Beach, the KXNG has a monster flow, and like the group SLaughterhouse, deserves WAY more attention
Ren was better than Cube! There I said it! I never really cared for Cube that much, but Ren was the real deal. - DaWyteNight
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
Was one of the best parts of the NWA, probably say him and Cube were the best. Demolished every track he was on. - hiphopgod
Great emcee but constantly overlooked and he is so underrated.
One of hip hop's best storytellers - Jon8201
R.I.P. 2pac and R.I.P. pimp C, A part of UGK with Bun B, he was always keeping it real in the south and always spoke the truth, that's why illuminati killed him.
Not underrated - DaWyteNight
He's overrated - DolanDuck1
When Rakim lost his first rhyme book, back in the 80s- and if Drake picked it up, and started spitting the contents, Drake still would be a ghostwriter using, singing mother. He doesn't even rap.
Rakim wrote the book of rap, Nas edited it. Drake couldn't read it. - DaWyteNight
Drake is garbage
Underrated what the actual hell, he's Overrated as hell. - Soulstealer
Liquid Swords was a golden album. Definitely one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. RZA's beats plus the Wu-Tang's flow. Greatness.
Not underrated - KrazzyMadd
If Pac were still alive, he wouldn't be as respected as he is now. These two are the reason.
People often think rap has a linear scale, for example "top ten rappers of all time"- which they believe determines everything, ie Beefs.
That couldn't be less true.
For example, when Mobb Deep were facing off against Tupac, they easily would have won, since they created a track that hit their opponent (Drop a Gem on Em) better than they were dissed (a few lines spoken at the end of Hit Em Up). Than when Tupac died, they pulled their track from radio play- out of respect.
Prodigy could take on anybody in his primer he took pac for a ride in drop a gem.
Andre 3000 has consistently brought incredible lyricism twisted tandem to impressive narratives throughout his lengthy career. He has influenced almost everyone in the industry, and is still producing great music to this day.
More overrated than underrated. He's good, but has never released a solo album. - RnBLover
Not underrated - KrazzyMadd
I actually think he's kind of overrated among hip hop fans. The guy has never released an actual solo rap album and some people still put him in their top 5 of all time.
He's good, but not that good. - DaWyteNight
His flow is so good - YeezySeasonApproaching
THIS MAN IS LIKE SKI MASK BUT ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL! - THICCBOI
Godfather of Gangster Rap on this list? What is this world coming to? After all, he didn't get that name for no reason. Sadly, not many people know about the E. Back in those days, rap was great.
Now it has gone to trash. It is mumbles and it's getting younger and younger. Now we have people like 6ix9ine, Lil Tay and Lil Pump. All THREE of them are trash. Eazy saved the rap game, now that he's gone, it's burning, R.I.P. Eric Lynn Wright.
How is Cheesy E who didn't even write his own lyrics underrated? - DaWyteNight
I would argue that he was actually the weak link in NWA seeing as he didn't write, his flow wasn't great, and his voice can really be annoying at times.
He is the most underrated rapper ever
He is slept on so hard by everyone. He will get his shine eventually.
It' s so very underrated
Love his latest album
The way he just mixes everything and the tempo if only I could meet him he's more than a genius
He's Different than the other rappers
Why is this man so underrated? Nobody seems to know about how solid of an artist he is. His tracks had sick Dre production with strong lyrics and great features. If anyone gave him the minute he deserves, he'd be one of the legends of rap. He is SERIOUSLY underrated. I just don't get why.
Guys got a sick flow, awesome lyrics, cool rhyme scheme, great production, and in his earlier albums a great team with him. I love em and PAC but they're not underrated at all.
Most people only heard of him through the Eminem song "Without Me" where he says: "Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks". Honestly, if THAT'S not underrated, I don't know what is.
Amazing rapper 2 underrated if know he would be a legend
Lecrae has been on the charts before, but not everyone knows him. He is still using old school rapping even though mumble rapping has become a thing. He only raps about the truth, not gossip and lies.
Every single album Lecrae give us a story from his life and how he changed his past ways. This man is somewhat of a lyrical genius and his talent for producing if god given. Lecrae is currently 39 years old and I would love it to see him make it to the top charts again. Lecrae is one of the most underrated rappers I have seen and he deserves all the respect. Also, he's not a Christian rapper, he's just a rapper who believes in jesus.
What's Eminem, Tupac and Biggie doing on here? Yes, they're good but not even close to being underrated.
Hopsin and lecrae definitely the most underrated
Macklemore's music is amazing, and talks much about his experiences with codeine and how it almost ruined his life. Almost all of it is inspirational, but those songs that are are barely known by anyone. Just because he made Thrift Shop doesn't mean his other music isn't outstanding.
He also made all of his music independently, which is awesome
Anyone who thinks Macklemore is just thrift shopping and swearing he is not, you might know the new macklemore who is partnered with Ryan Lewis, but I would much rather listen to the older stuff, like stuff off the Unplanned Mixtape, stuff like otherside that isn't noticed as awesome, macklemore is one of my favorites, I am proud he took the time to be great because the greats weren't great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great because they paint a lot. Macklemore went to HS for a year, at Ferris which is in my town, he spent time in The town, seattle, and he should keep doing what he does.
I don't get why people hate macklemore, he raps from a different point of view than most other mainstream rappers. and is still indie. thrift shop is a funny song talking about the ridiculous of all those overpriced cloths mainstream rappers wear. just listen to the heist in full and listen to what he is talking about. he proves that you don't need to be from the ghetto to talk about real issues.
Macklemore always has a positive message in his songs unlike lil wayne and I haven't listened to a macklemore song that wasn't good and to add to that barely anyone knows about him so he is underrated
While most rappers communicated how bad-ass, rich, or awesome they were, Del was rapping about pop culture and sci-fi. With a unique voice, great flow and unique work, he is THE most underrated rapper ever.
This is seriously one of the most talented rappers today. 2 bad hasn't gone big yet. He'll probably need to sign to a huge ass mainstream label to get his cred.
Very underrated, Eminem shouldn't even be on the list. - DaWyteNight
Rock is the epitome of a street lyricist! He never gets the cred he deserves
Best rapper out the south, a damn shame more people don't know bout him. - Real_1985