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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  • HeadRoar

    You first, bitchface.

  • ferguson

    False 100%.

  • AtAcTa

    This seems like garbage compared to what I thought was “alternative.” Same old misogynist bullshit. Young Fathers are a great find, yes, and yes, do go to Anticon to find real music.

  • Colby Jeffers

    Great article, thanks for posting! I actually just wrote a blog post myself about Alternative Hip Hop, and gave you a shout out! Here’s the link if you want to check it out! http://mrhiphophead.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/what-is-alternative-hip-hop/