Best Underground Rappers 2015

People like Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole (although great rappers) aren't on this list because it's lesser known rappers only. I wanted to create this list in case someone wants to find more "underground" rap to listen to.
If you add any please add your favorite song by them as well

The Top Ten

1 Joey Bada$$

My favorite song from him: Catharsis

Has an 80s - 90s vibe to his music but has his own distinct, new sound

You can't have him as number one unless the rest of Beast Coast is also in the top five

2 Chance The Rapper Chance The Rapper

Chance is able to rap about serious topics but still have a fun with music as well.

My favorite song from him: Lost ft. Noname Gypsy

He has a very unique and distinguishable voice, he often uses unconventional ways of flowing but it works. His music has a wide range of sounds, it's difficult for me to describe but he has some of the best lyrics I've ever heard

3 MF Doom (Danger Doom) MF Doom (Danger Doom) Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, is a British-born hip hop recording artist who spent most of his life in the United States.

My favorite song from him : Vats of Urine

Very distinct voice, usually a slower smooth flow - he probably has my favorite voice of any rapper and some of the best beats as well. His lyrics are also awesome

4 Tyler, The Creator Tyler, The Creator

My favorite song from him: Lone

It seems he sometimes gets labeled as "weird," most people know him from the song Yonkers. He sometimes raps about dark subjects but some of his songs are very poetic and beautiful. He has a distinct deep, gravelly voice which works really well with his rapping style

5 Angel Haze Angel Haze

My favorite song from her: White Lillies

One of the best rappers in the game, she almost has a more alternative rock vibe than a typical rap beat to her songs

6 Mick Jenkins

My favorite song from him: Jazz

Not sure if this guy really has a specific "style" and I like that a lot about him. His songs sound different from each other. "Jazz" uses a sample from Yael Naim's "Toxic" and sounds a lot different than other rap songs. I love the rapping over the simple, melancholy-ish tune

7 Flatbush ZOMBiES
8 Atmosphere

My favorite song from him: Became

Probably one of the best storytellers in the history of rap. "Became" is probably the best example of a full story told through rap, it's beautiful

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9 Earl Sweatshirt Earl Sweatshirt Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name Earl Sweatshirt, is an American rapper, record producer, and disc jockey from Los Angeles, California.

My favorite song from him: Chum

Usually a slower paced rap with a "darker" theme. He's a great lyricist and wordsmith

10 Spazzy D

Favorite song by him: Drown Me

He almost sounds like a mix between Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole but with his own twist. I love his beats, they're fantastic and his lyrics are great too

The Contenders

11 K. Flay

My favorite song from her: Hail Mary

She has an alternative rock sound to her songs and her voice fits perfectly with the instrumentals she uses. Her songs make me want to go to a street race and see the city lights at night

12 Open Mike Eagle

My favorite song from him: Nightmares

Not sure how to describe his overall style but the song "Nightmares" has one of the smoothest flows of any song I've heard

13 SwizZz SwizZz

My favorite song from him: Crank

He has a very distinct voice and house the general sound of Funk Volume (for example: Tech n9ne and Hopsin). If you ever wanted to send someone a song showing them how much you don't care what other people think of you, "Crank" could do the trick

Awesome own style voice! Best song Lucifer effect

14 The Underachievers
15 Dumbfoundead

My favorite song by him: Stereo Jack

One of the rappers who initially hooked me into "underground" rap and I haven't been back since

16 Skizzy Mars

My favorite song by him: Moments

He has a more light dubstep feel to some of his songs. I can turn his music on and drift away, but they want me to get up and create things at the same time

17 NoName Gypsy

My Favorite song from her: Sunday Morning

Her flow is impeccable and her wordplay is great. She has one of the best flows I have ever heard

18 Grieves

My favorite song from him: Serpents

In a way he reminds me of Kid Cudi with the way they both sort of simultaneously rap and sing

19 Reverie

My favorite song from her: One Syllable

The way she raps her songs seems very genuine and real to me, I can really get wrapped into her songs

20 Aesop Rock

My favorite song from him: Facemelter

This guy has a distinct voice and an alternative sound to most of his songs

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