15 International Acts Who Spread The Message

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12. Nitro Microphone Underground (Japan)

Regarded by some as the Japanese version of Wu-Tang Clan, the eight-man group was one of the few Japanese hip hop groups that didn't rely on making pop-friendly hits for their success. They even landed a deal with Def Jam in the late '90s, garnering them international exposure.

(Photo: Def Jam Japan)