Top Ten Underrated Rappers

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Below you will find a list of the top 10 underrated rappers based off of their skill, publicity, popularity, lyricism, flow, subject matter, and my overall opinion of them. Without further adieu, let’s get to it.

10. Chris Brown

Now I’m probably gonna get a ton of hate for this, but I honestly feel like Chris Brown is better than he gets credit for. Ever since what he did to Rihanna, people have given him hate. Although what he did was extremely wrong, people forget that he turned himself in the next day, pled guilty, and publicly apologized multiple times while taking responsibility. On the subject of his music, Chris never fell off. He still has the voice of a God. His flow is outstanding, with varying cadences, speed verses, and lyricism galore, Chris definitely deserves more credit than he gets.

“Ain’t nobody judging cause I’m black, or my controversial past.” -Freaky Friday, 2018

9. Royce Da 5’9

Half of the group with Eminem, Bad Meets Evil, and signed to Shady Records, Royce is often overlooked in his rap talent and ability. Royce has been going hard for ages, including in his Bad Meets Evil days which accounts for albums such as Hell The Sequel, and songs on the Southpaw movie soundtrack. While these are amazing albums, Royce also has his own songs, one of which being Writer’s Block which features Eminem who doesn’t have a verse but helps on the chorus. Royce’s lyricism is outstanding and has a flow coming from the origins of the greats.

“Sittin’ on the same boat that Noah built. Floatin’ on the same water Moses split.” -Writer’s Block

8. Watsky

A white rapper straight out of San Francisco, Watsky has little to no publicity. I personally discovered him from his song on the Hamilton Musical Mixtape. Watsky in himself has an amazing flow which he often switches up multiple times on a track. Doing collabs with Bliss n Eso may have helped his publicity in the UK, but in America, very few know who he is. He has incredible lyricism as well as flow which is shown on songs such as “Whoa Whoa Whoa” and “Tear the Roof Off” but on occasions he does have deeper more meaningful songs such as “Talking To Myself.”

“Like my teacher taught me when I heard the crowd applaud, I thought I was an atheist til I realized I’m a God.” – Whoa Whoa Whoa

7. Futuristic

Futuristic is a rapper from New York who is slightly well known, but nowhere near as much as he deserves. On almost every track he demonstrates his ability to slay a track with an outrageous speed flow. Although he does get rather repetitive and reuse some of his punch lines, he has amazing talent, lyricism, and flow.

“My flow is mufasa, long live the king. I feel like Muhammad Ali, fly like a butterfly sting like a bee!” – King Speech

6.  Jarren Benton

Jarren is a long time friend of Hopsin who shows up later on this list. Signed to Funk Volume, he has been on many projects and also has many of his own. He has a good balance between dis tracks, straight fire tracks, and meaningful rap that makes him an enjoyable rapper. His best demonstration of his ability was his tribute album to his friend that died, “Slow Motion.” It has many tracks that vary in style and message. Jarren deserves to be more well known for his lyricism alone.

“Yeah we were supposed to get rich together, God had another plan for you that was better.” – Silence

5. Hopsin

Sporting white contacts, lots of beef, and a crazy attitude, Hopsin is a rapper who founded Funk Volume but left after serious drama with his manager. Hopsin has a tendency to call out lots of people in the rap game such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, and Soulja Boy. That’s just on one song. But when not thinking about who he’s calling out, Hopsin has crazy and sometimes disturbing lyrics that fit with his personality and wild/hardcore beats and flows. Making songs about betrayal, religion, dissing, relationships, and pretty much everything else under the sun, Hop is one of the best rappers in the game to date.

“If you ain’t gettin’ the message I’ll slap it through you. My *** is coo-coo, tracks is brutal, that’s the usual.” – Rip Your Heart Out

4. Krizz Kaliko

A really nice mix of vocals and lyrics, Krizz Kaliko is a close friend of Tech N9ne and a longtime member of Strange Music. He prefers to make older style music with slower rap but has time and time again shown that he can speed through a verse to match the abilities of Tech, Twista, and Eminem himself as shown on “Speedom.” He has an amazing voice that can rival that of Chris Brown and his lyrics very from fun and goofy to serious and savage.

“Unstable! Give me a reason. Cause I can’t stop, been thinkin’ ’bout leaving” – Unstable

3. Tech N9ne

The founder and leading member of Strange Music, Tech N9ne is who I consider to be king of the underground. With speed, wordplay, hype, lyrics, flow, and everything to make an amazing rapper, Tech deserves to be famous. Tech N9ne has released over ten studio albums dating back to the 90’s and all of them show his skill, show factor, and talent.

“Because I gotta eat, I won’t let that demons release, kill me! On your soul I will feast, you’re gonna need a bishop or priest. I am that monster comin’ to get ya’ to say the least” – Beast (Remix)

2. Devvon Terrell

Longtime best friend of Futuristic, Devvon takes the number 2 spot on this list. From Brooklyn, Devvon is a generally clean rapper who chooses to do his own thing. Sping. Spinging, according to Devvon, is when he raps but instead of having a monotone delivery, he chooses to sing while laying the verse. His lyricism is impeccable as shown on songs with Futuristic, and some of his own. His speed verses are usually his main verses but he also makes the singing aspect one of the most enjoyable. His flow is better than his friends and he constantly makes me love his music over and over again.

“Everybody want respect but it go both ways. Never trust a person that can’t look you in the face.” – Y’all Hear Me Now

1. Joyner Lucas

Joyner is by far one of my favorite rappers. Number 2 on my top 5 (Beat only by Eminem), JL has talent in all aspects of music. He has flow, lyricism, lyrics, meaning, wordplay, you name it he has it. Remixing popular songs, being featured, featuring, 2 studio albums, and rapping about his life and what goes on in the world, Joyner has it all going on. Getting more publicity recently due to his song, “I’m Not Racist” a song about the white and black sides of society, Joyner has been climbing ranks, but not nearly enough. Joyner has songs where he talks about current topics such as Depression (I’m Sorry), stories of crime (Keep It 100), STDs (Literally), Relationships (We Gon Be Alright), the effects of drugs (Multiple songs), etc. Joyner also has a mixture of savagery and sincerity. Another unknown fact, Joyner’s song “I’m Sorry.” where the first verse is a man writing his suicide note and the second verse being his best friend’s response at the funeral, was the inspiration for Logic’s best selling song, 1-800-273-8255. You all should check out Joyner Lucas and make sure to listen for his wordplay and his flows.

Give me your moment to fall, I’m gonna fit in the car

I can do better than yours, I can be ready to brawl

I can be shattered and all, nobody want to be hard

Better be ready for war, tell me who ready for more

(Joyner!)” – Sriracha


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