Underground rappers have come a long way since the the late '80s. Being underground doesn’t mean much, as most underground rappers make just as much, if not more, than mainstream rappers like Nelly and Ludacris. These underground rappers have become a multi-billion dollar industry, mainly because of the internet where word of mouth has skyrocketed these underground lyricists.
- Insane Clown Posse ICP is a duo from the mean streets of Detroit, Michigan. They wear clown makeup and all of their songs have to do with punishing the wicked in a traveling sideshow called The Dark Carnival. Most of their songs deal with subject matter such as wife beaters, child abusers and people who deserve the punishment of The Dark Carnival. Originally, they were Inner City Posse and the duo was actually a trio briefly. They released the album "Dog Beats" and shortly after that, they became the Insane Clown Posse after Violent J had a dream about The Carnival. They have legions of followers called Juggalos and Juggalettes and eventually started their own record company called Psychopathic Records. Currently, they are a multi-million dollar business, which is why they are number one on the underground rappers list.
- Twiztid Twiztid is another Detroit underground rapper duo, much like ICP. As a matter of fact, they are co-owners (or as they call themselves, the Don Megas) of Psychopathic Records. Twiztid is far more serious then ICP. They rap about killing and drugs much as ICP does, but they have darker and more violent lyrics. The boys aren’t without their funny side, too, occasionally performing hilarious skits on their CDs. They also have legions of the same followers: Juggalos and Juggalettes.
- Tech N9ne Tech N9ne is a rapper from Kansas City who got his start by being one of the fastest rappers in the world, which is where he got his name from. He can rap so fast it’s like an automatic weapon firing, hence Tech N9ne. He has released a dozen CDs and has gained a moderate fan base. He has recently tried becoming more mainstream and has succeeded for the most part, even making appearances on MTV’s "Sucker Free" television show, where he shows off his studio and all the employees working for him.
- Kid Krusher Kid Krusher is an underground rapper from Australia with a pretty big following there and a fairly big following here in America. He was originally in a death metal band and wanted to join the heavy techno metal band The Berserker, also from Australia, but they didn’t hire him. So distraught over the rejection, he began listening to the rappers on Psychopathic Records. This completely changed his point of view musically and soon he was making hardcore rap but with a very distinct metal edge to it. The use of deep guitars and fast metal drum beats set him apart from the rest and that’s why he’s number four on the list of underground rappers.
- V-Mob One of the forerunners of what is now called Nu-metal, V-Mob were actually considered underground rappers back in the '90s. When bands like Korn and Deftones became popular, so did the phrase Nu-Metal. They had a few really popular hits with the underground crowd, but as quickly as they came, they were gone. Because they helped start the whole underground scene, V-Mob gets the number five slot on the list of underground rappers.