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.

August 16, 2010 Chart RecapWelcome to the Booth’s Top Independent Hip Hop Chart! As always, your feedback has helped to determine which songs made the cut. Each chart’s lineup is calculated using a …...Read More

Mac Miller

#1 - Mac Miller - Don't Mind If I Do

With the increasing number of artists taking stylistic cues from the electro-pop superstar, it's a wonder no one (to my knowledge) has flipped a sample of the track that launched Owl City into the spotlight. Until now,...Read More


#2 - Yonas - Y'all Know

Predictability isn't always a bad thing – for example, Y'all Know that Yonas is an up-and-comer you trust to consistently deliver high-quality music and thus, when you see his name on our front page, you expect to hear...Read More

Clemm Rishad

#3 - Clemm Rishad ft. Adrian - Windows

Thus far in August, my city of residence (Minneapolis, for those who haven't been taking notes) has seen plenty of typically sweltering summer days, but we've also had our share of rainy ones – and, while music for the...Read More

Kurtis Blow Jr.

#4 - Kurtis Blow Jr - Real Thing [Premiere]

Trying to make your own name as a rapper is pretty tough when you are the son of a Hip-Hop legend, just ask JoJo and Diggy. However, Kurtis Blow Jr. knows he has the talent, and is ready to embrace all the comparisons and...Read More

Kandid McFly

#5 - Kandid McFly - Strung Out [Premiere]

Good news, Kandid McFly fans: having recovered from March's little bout of Stage Fright, the Ohio up-and-comer's doing better than ever – in fact, he's riding so high that he's beginning to feel a little Strung Out. This...Read More

Meek Mill

#6 - Meek Mill ft. Vado, Rick Ross & T.I. - Rose Red (Remix)

Booth newcomer Meek Mill is a man who likes his champagne – so much so that he opened 2009's Make Em Say by announcing, “I like my Rose Red and my diamonds blue.” To further emphasize the point, the Philly native's now...Read More

Tom P

#7 - Tom P - Root for the Underdog

Considering the rave reader reviews the up-and-comer earned for his first feature, Time Flies, Tom P can hardly be thought of as a long-shot in the Booth; nonetheless, I have a feeling our regulars will be happy to follow the...Read More

Roy Hamilton III

#8 - Roy Hamilton III ft. Ashley Loren - New New

Craving some New music from an artist who's New to the Booth? Well, you've come to the right place, because it doesn't get more Fresh & Futuristic than the first feature from Roy Hamilton III. The New York-born, Jersey-raised...Read More


#9 - Ahmad - I'ma Emcee [Premiere]

There's something to be said for stating the obvious – at least when the obvious is being stated in the form of a fresh new record from Ahmad, making its world premiere right here in the Booth. On the final leak off his...Read More

Kent Money

#10 - Kent M$NEY ft. Big K.R.I.T. - Nothing Like Me

“Be yourself” is a piece of advice we've all been given but, when it comes right down to it, the vast majority of us will make certain concessions to fit in with the crowd. Not Kent M$NEY; as evidenced by his...Read More

Soul Khan

#11 - Soul Khan ft. Marv Won - Thunder in Paradise

Though hip-hop is, like any living art form, constantly changing and evolving, there will always be a place for nostalgia-drenched old-school jams. Having recently earned overwhelming reader acclaim as part of the lyrically...Read More


#12 - Kovas - Ready

Last we heard from Kovas, the Brooklyn native (and exclusive freestyle series contributor) was more concerned with maintaining his freshness level than fighting the power, but a lot can change in 11 months; as implied by the...Read More

Thrill Da Playa

#13 - Thrill Da Playa - Awesome

Man, I love it when artists do my track-reviewing job for me. The latest single from 69 Boyz alumnus Thrill Da Playa is Awesome; case closed! Well... OK, I guess I could write a little more. In contrast to the Jacksonville...Read More

Andrew Lewis

#14 - Andrew Lewis - Party & Bullsh*t

Don't let the title of Andrew Lewis' latest single, Party & Bullsh*t, fool you; as you might expect from an emcee who cites “silence” as his foremost musical influence (see his MySpace bio), the California up-and-comer...Read More

Smoke DZA

#15 - Smoke DZA ft. Dom Kennedy - GoodTalk

If DJBooth were giving out awards for best mixtape title, my vote would easily go to Harlem emcee and Freestyle alum Smoke DZA’s George Kush Da Button. The Booth-sponsored tape has the kind of good living, smoky haze and...Read More

The Canz

#16 - The Canz - Meet Joe Black

Taking a different approach from their previous feature World Famous, the Canz are back with the next leak off their Life After Graduation project. Using a Clinton Sparks-produced beat from Biggie’s Duets album (Hold Ya...Read More


#17 - B-Ezzy - Boogie Down

With his previous Booth features, the Slick Rick-inspired Million Bucks and exclusive freestyle Lights, Please, West Coast up-and-comer proved he could spit over old-school grooves and more modern material with equal...Read More

Beyond Belief

#18 - Beyond Belief - Whatcha Want Now [Premiere]

Warning: For those listeners who aren’t down with listening to consistently dope artists, this may not be for you. As for the rest of you, welcome to the latest installment of Beyond Belief’s successful world premieres on...Read More

Black EL

#19 - Black EL - Rush

When Black ELement last stepped into the Booth, George W. Bush was still President and I had yet to pen my first track review. Yep, it's been a minute. Good things, however, come to those who wait – now known by...Read More




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