20 Alternative Hip-Hop Artists Who Are Making Things Interesting


If you used the term "alternative hip-hop" in past decades, you were speaking of something completely different than what we've got in 2014. In a post-Yeezus world, alternative sounds in hip-hop are becoming the norm, and outliers in modern rap are branching out further and further from the traditional boom-bap of the '80s and the gritty styles of the '90s.

There is no real underground scene anymore—the internet has united us all and strangely, some of the most cohesive scenes exist only on the web. But that hasn't stopped the prosperity of weirdness. From outsider veterans who are finally getting their props to teenage artists who never followed traditions, here are some of the best and most interesting artists who make alternative and experimental hip-hop.

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  • RodneyBlu

    Nah FTS

  • Sirrealist

    Wow!! No mention of the father’s of experimental rap, ANTIPOP CONSORTIUM

  • RodneyBlu

    Definitely a good look with Shabazz Palaces. Love them.

  • OGBobbyJohnson

    Interesting decision to include Young Thug on the list. Although I disagree with you that he’s “Alternative Rap” I also understand your argument. Either way though, that EWW joint goes hard!

  • OGBobbyJohnson

    Cudi don’t even really rap anymore though bruh

  • randomuser

    anyone down to share other artists who should be on a part 2 of this list. im sure all of us are interested in discovering new artists since we follow P&P.

  • Alex Maskill

    Man, old 90s metal/hardcore shirts are weirdly fashionable amongst alt-rappers now, huh?

  • DBA

    LEIKELI47 (from ny?) is female and doing great noise rap stuff. Also, one of the other groups Daveed from clipping is in, True Neutral Crew, is pretty experimental and includes a female rapper in the crew.

  • Carver Low

    Maybe… it’s because these kids were the alienated ones listening to hardcore and metal when the Baja Men and Eiffel 65 were all the rage, and now they’ve grown up to make interesting music?

    Nahhh they’re probably all poseurs.

  • marina

    The Hellfyre Club artists and Buck 65. I guess Cage isn’t alternative enough? Otherwise great list.

  • Andrew Thompson

    Sage Francis, B. Dylan, P.O.S., DOOMTREE, Prolyphic, Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities (R.I.P. Mikey)…. So many great independent artists

  • tha foo

    Blackie really? I thought the dude had a kid?? not to say that doesn’t make him gay or whatever but I didn’t know. anyways, you guys should’ve included Moodie Black in here their last shit is pretty dope

  • tha foo

    MOodie Black & Open Mike Eagle for part 2!

  • Andrew Thompson

    The fact Immortal Technique isn’t mentioned doesn’t make sense I mean he is the epitome of what they are discussing.

  • Yodi

    You need Lil Ugly Mane and Kool A.D.

  • ZepMonie

    Tonedeff is glaringly absent from this list.

  • Lex

    Surprised MOODIE BLACK and Le1F weren’t covered. Yes, should’ve had them in there, taking place of Young Thug and Nacho, they don’t really have a distinct signature “feel”.

  • Nemo

    Milo is a philosophy major from Wisconsin who asked his producers for beats that sounded like “trap for depressed people”. He’s the youngest member (by about a decade) of LA art rap collective Hellfyre Club. I’m a huge fan, no one sounds like him.
    Here’s him live on Kinda Neat.


  • nowon

    Check out nonamegypsy.

  • j-dub

    “If Gucci Mane had a penchant for psychedelic drugs, a love of vampires, and an encycopledic knowledge of pop culture, he might sound something like Seattle’s dead-panning Nacho Picasso. ” y’all some damn nerds- gucci literally has a song called vampire. not to mention his “knowledge of pop culture” is a constant draw in his lyrics.

  • mlo

    How is chance the rapper not included. Come on! Acid Rap?!?!?! the way he combines words in his rap contradict themselves which blows my mind!!!!

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  • Arcadia

    Moodie Black

  • MK

    “Nhat (Nawt), seances a thumping number with lyrics, as no surprise, on par with Tom Waits as opposed to Rihanna” – UGHH.com

    “His husky voice goes non-stop” – Giant Robot Magazine

    “Considering the all around trippiness…he’s clearly interested in exploring iconoclastic artistic themes rarely touched upon in his genre of choice” – LA Record



  • Mx

    Crazy to me how yall left Travis Scott off the list.. Super crazy.

  • viv

    Young Fathers are amazing live

  • upther

    Yeah, I was kinda surprised not to see P.O.S. or any of the Doomtree guys on this list.

    Young Fathers and Rat King have two of my favorite albums this year.

  • AG

    Don’t care how much P&P pushes young thug he just doesn’t have any appeal in my opinion, I think next year will roll around and a lot of the cats on this list will be pushin tapes, ep’s and albums and he is just gonna be a thing of the past…think chief keef.

  • LadiesNight

    Where are all the female hip hop artists? (Leikeli47, Azealia Banks, Lizzo, Angel Haze, Sasha Go Hard, Rye Rye …etc)

  • LadiesNight

    Also Leikeli47 and Lizzo!Haze, Sasha Go Hard, Rye Rye

  • HeraldFoster

    A lot of fools like to hate on him but Sole is still coming out with good shit and his latest is a real branch away from the old sound. Surprised he can’t get a mention.

  • FakeHipster

    100% hipster rapper list more like. No offense to anyone who wants to get their vagina hurtt.

  • Tamia

    *waits for someone to mention hopsin*

  • Muse

    Holy sausage party, Batman. No Angel Haze? No Psalm One? No Sa Roc? No Stahrr? No Queen Godis?

  • jjj

    can someone tell me a good site i can download these on. I can barely find any torrents of any of these guys

  • http://eb0nics.wordpress.com Ebony

    Love the list because it shows just how multifaceted hip hop truly is. Has anyone checked out Raury? He’s a young kid out of Atlanta who seems very promising; especially in the alternative scene.

  • spoonski

    no name gypsy.

  • Jay

    No fucking competition. Tech N9ne will crush FAGbush Zombies, and probably has already crushed you sluts guts. You know DICK about music BITCH…

  • djl

    blackies fucking photo I’m done

  • t

    What? you crazy that song sucks

  • djl

    raury is a fucking calm and peacful genius

  • elia

    You’re right bruh I don’t know DICK. Sounds like you know plenty about DICK and got Tech N9ne’s dick down your throat & then some. Face it bro you’re favorite rapper is the corniest fucking rapper of all time. Painting his face and claiming hes a psycho? What a fucking gimmick. Oh and wow “FAGbush Zombies”? You’re so clever you should be a comedian

  • lol

    lol if you think tech n9ne is corny i fear for your taste of music

  • lol

    the same could go for you since youre on not 1, but 3 niggas’s dicks

  • elia

    Shut the fuck up. I bet you’re a faggot juggalo too.

  • drankhouse

    good music is good music , i am on some good hip hop and good purple drank syrup.if you need legit purple drank , red drank don’t hesitate to hit me up , call or text me at (240) 839-1360 or email chemistchem@outlook,com

  • LUL

    Khing Kang King/Mowgli