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Tech N9ne Wins TheBoombox’s Underground Kings Competition

Who's the greatest indie rapper? According to fans and voters it's none other than Kansas City's Tech N9ne.

After weeks of voting in a bracket competition that included 32 of indie rap and underground hip-hop's best and brightest Tech N9ne has emerged victorious -- and decisively so.

The Tech beat out fan favorite Ab-So

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Underground Kings: Who’s the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever – Finals

So it all comes down to this, the final round of our Underground Kings voted bracket competition.

We started with 32 of the dopest and most renowned indie rap acts from coast to coast; the contenders were legends who'd been doing this for decades and new jacks who redefined what it meant to be a rap star in the 21st century. Now after weeks of head-to-head battles we've arrived at the final faceoff between Tech N9ne and Ab-Soul.

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Underground Kings: Who’s the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever – Round 4

We're down to the final four competitors in our Underground Kings bracket competition.

In the O.G.s division it's Tech vs. Tech as juggernaut Tech N9ne is matched up against raptivist Immortal Technique. So far Tech N9ne has steamrolled over his opponents winning by large margins but Im

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Underground Kings: Who’s the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever – Round 3

There can be only one. We're now in the third round of our Underground Kings competition and you, the fans, have narrowed the competitors down to eight remaining acts.

In the O.G. Division Kansas City Chieftain Tech N9ne keeps on beating his opponents by large margins, proving that Strange Music fans ain't nothin' to f--k with

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Underground Kings: Who’s the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever? – Round 2

 

We started with 32 of the most popular indie and underground rap acts and now we're down to 16 . Some battles were blow outs (Nipsey Hu$$le vs. Ab-Soul), while others came down to the wire (Chance the Rapper vs. The Underachievers) and after thousands of votes have come in some of your favorite artists are one step closer to claiming the crown.

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Underground Kings: O.G. Division – Round 2

Hip-hop wouldn't be what it is today without these artists who've been holding it down independently for years. Every one a trailblazer in their own right, these O.G.s showed the new generation how

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Underground Kings: Newbie Division – Round 2

Does the New School rule? Vote below for the best new indie/underground rap acts in the Newbie Division of our Underground Kings bracket competition.

Want to make sure that your favorite MC or group wins? You can vote once an hour during this round

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Underground Kings: Who’s the Greatest Indie Rapper Ever?

Before major record labels realized they could cash in on hip-hop music it was underground. Rap no matter how benign was considered "street music" and sold on cassettes and vinyl at mom and pop record shops, swap meets, hand to hand and out of the trunks of cars. Small independent labels took the do-it-yourself approach to manufacturing, distribution, marketing and promotion and made their artists local celebrities (and fortunes for themselves.) Even now in 2013, after rap music has become part of the mainstream and a cash cow for major labels, the independent spirit hip-hop started with still prevails.

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Danny Brown vs. Bodega Bamz – Underground Kings, Round 1

In this matchup Detroit takes on the "new" New York as Danny Brown faces off with Bodega Bamz.

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Chance the Rapper vs. The Underachievers – Underground Kings, Round 1

It’s two against one here but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fair match.

The ever-charismatic Chance the Rapper is headed for superstardom on the heels of his well-received ‘Acid Rap’ mixtape

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