The names you'll find here are musicians whose artistic ability - genius, in some cases - has dwarfed their limited commercial success. So don your white robes and join us as we count down the 20 gods of cult.
Meanwhile, head to NME.COM/video to hear NME writers discuss these artists - and don't forget to let us know your own personal cult heroes.
The independent hip-hop hero
Like so many in the hip-hop scene, it took death for the work of James Dewitt Yancey, to be given the appropriate reverence.
Not by Jack Barnett from These New Puritans though: "My brother lent me a copy of 'Donuts' – two days before he died, weirdly.
"He was unique for his approach to rhythms, a kind of out-of-timeness. I admire his imperfections; he was definitely the most standout figure from that entire independent hip-hop scene."
Download: Anything on 'Donuts'
The late hip hop producer's mother is selling a random selection of LPs online