Indie Hip-Hop Music Chart

Indie Hip-Hop Chart - Allergic to the mainstream? Check out our top 20 indie songs. Created by combining how many times the song has been played with your ratings, DJBooth's charts help turn today's brand new music into tomorrow's hit records.

Gotham Green

#1 - Gotham Green ft. Wax - Government Name [+2]

In recent years, an increasing number of emcees have dropped their invented monikers in favor of their Government Names. You don't have to worry about Gotham Green going that route, though. His pseudonym has a vital purpose:...Read More

Vic Mensa

#2 - Vic Mensa - Wimme Nah [+8]

Like mighty Atlas with the globe, Vic Mensa is carrying the Windy City on his shoulders. OK, he's not the only one keeping Chicago hip-hop alive, but the SaveMoney emcee has been putting in some serious work. On his latest...Read More

Taylor Bennett

#3 - Taylor Bennett - HATIN' [New]

While there's been little non-constructive criticism directed at Taylor Bennett in The DJBooth, there are plenty of individuals in less savory corners of the blogosphere HATIN' on the Windy City representative. But he ain't...Read More


#4 - Lenerd ft. Courtney Paulson - Toxic [New]

More often than not, something that feels really damn good will be hazardous to your health—and nowhere is that rule more applicable than in the realm of love and sex. On LP single Toxic, making its world premiere on our...Read More

Lorenzo Asher

#5 - Lorenzo Asher - Bills [New]

Listeners who use music as a form of escape from the stresses of everyday life may balk at the title of Lorenzo Asher's latest single, Bills. If you're able to forget about those unopened envelopes glowering at you from...Read More


#6 - QuEST ft. Mélat - Struggle Rapper [New]

QuEST may not be as “Lost” as the gun-toting narrator of his last single, but the Jersey representative is well-acquainted with the struggle. On the freshly-minted Struggle Rapper, he offers a glimpse of the pain and...Read More

Rich Quick

#7 - Rich Quick ft. DJ J Hart - Sweet Summer [-5]

August is just two days away, but there's still time to make this season the Sweet Summer you've always dreamed of. To help get you into the spirit, we present the world premiere of a brand new single from Rich Quick. While...Read More

Joey Fatts

#8 - Joey Fatts ft. ASAP Rocky - Keep It G Pt. 2 [-4]

Joey Fatts may have been gangster straight out the womb, but that doesn't mean you can't learn to Keep It G later in life. On his latest mixtape single, Part 2 of a jam that, to my knowledge, has not been released, the Long...Read More

Nino Bless

#9 - Nino Bless ft. Rafijah Siano - This Song Might Get Me Killed [New]

Rapping can be a dangerous job—and that goes double when you're as committed to speaking the truth as Nino Bless is. While I doubt that new single This Song Might Get Me Killed will actually inspire murderous intentions on...Read More


#10 - SonReal ft. Madchild - Live This [New]

Fresh off a 53-date U.S. tour, Vancouver rhymesayer SonReal isn't resting on his laurels. Instead, he's gotten right back to work cooking up fresh music for his hungry fanbase. The artist's first release since his return,...Read More


#11 - Rittz - Turn Down [-10]

UPDATE: We've added the brand new Anthony Devera-directed visuals for Turn Down. Last week, Rittz teased his upcoming LP with the release of the Yelawolf-assisted Profit, his first solo feature on our pages in more than a...Read More


#12 - Atmosphere - Southsiders [New]

Last seen celebrating their staying power on June 18's reader-approved We Ain't Gonna Die Today, Minneapolis stalwarts Atmosphere are back on our front page with another fresh single off their seventh full-length. On...Read More

Theo Martins

#13 - Theophilus Martins - Keep It Playa [New]

No matter where Theophilus Martins goes or what he's doing there, you can count on the Providence emcee to Keep It Playa. But don't take my word for it; simply hit play on his latest feature, a freshly-minted single off his...Read More

Kembe X

#14 - Kembe X ft. Ab-Soul & Alex Wiley - As I Unfold [-9]

At the bottom of June, we saw Scion A/V come together with Southern emcee Scotty ATL to drop the reader-acclaimed OTR2SJ. Just over a month later, they've already forged a partnership with another promising rap...Read More


#15 - A.Dd+ - Innisho [New]

I've got good news for fans of Texan hip-hop: after five months without a feature on our front page, Dallas duo A.Dd+ is finally back Innisho with some new music. On this cut, a standout off the crew's newly-released EP,...Read More

K. Sparks

#16 - K. Sparks ft. Loaded Lux & Charmingly Ghetto - Feminization (Remix) [New]

On his last single, featured at the top of August, Queens phenom and perennial reader fave K. Sparks offered a hard-hitting critique of the Feminization of black men, as perpetrated by the mass media. The subject matter...Read More

#17 - DJBooth City Cypher #1 (ft. Emilio Rojas, Maffew Ragazino, Black Dave, HD & Kirk Knight) [-10]

Before there were corporate partnerships and trending topics, before there were platinum albums and worldwide tours, before most of America even knew that hip-hop existed, there were city cyphers; emcees gathered wherever...Read More

Joey BadA$$

#18 - Joey BadA$$ - Big Dusty [-12]

After four years of hustle and two acclaimed mixtapes, East Coast wunderkind Joey BadA$$ finally has an official debut full-length on the horizon. Today we get our first taste of the project in the form of just-released lead...Read More

Statik Selektah

#19 - Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson - Long Time [New]

After listening to Booth-approved singles The Imperial and God Knows, are you still on the fence about whether to cop Statik Selektah's next solo LP? If so, uh, that's pretty f**king odd. Are you sure you're a hip-hop fan,...Read More

Cory Jreamz

#20 - Cory Jreamz - Freedom [New]

Everyone wants Freedom, but no one seems to define that elusive concept in quite the same way. On a brand new single, premiered Wednesday via TheFader, Cory Jreamz ponders the many meanings that word may hold, depending on...Read More

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#21 - Persyce - Legend [New]

In the hip-hop game and beyond, it often seems as if the surest way to achieve immortality is to die before your time. So, though we certainly wish him a long and happy life, Persyce wouldn't be the first rapper to...Read More

Toki Wright

#22 - Toki Wright & Big Cats ft. Eric Mayson - Lonely [New]

The previous singles off Toki Wright's debut full-length with Big Cats dealt with high-profile subjects of controversy—namely, the battle between science and traditional medicine and the provenance of the Egyptian pyramids....Read More

Madison | LST

#23 - Madison | LST - Can't Hang [New]

Still haven't caught wind of Madison | LST's latest street album? Then you must be pretty damn—wait for it—oblivious. Lucky for you, the NYC-born, L.A.-based emcee has dropped by with a little something to rouse you from...Read More




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