Independent Music Chart


Independent Chart - Allergic to the mainstream? Check out our top 20 indie tracks. 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 tracks.


December 19, 2011 Chart RecapWelcome to the Booth’s Top Independent Hip-Hop Chart! As always, your feedback has determined which songs made the cut. Each chart’s lineup is calculated using a special DJBooth Formula …...Read More


Childish Gambino

#1 - Childish Gambino - Heartbeat

A fresh, bracing and defiantly real release from an artist whom many had previously pegged as a comedy rapper, Childish Gambino's debut LP seems destined to be remembered as one of 2011's dopest surprises. For those who still...Read More

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ESSO

#2 - ESSO - F*ck It All

Booth readers, there's real, and then there's real. What's the difference, aside from the one on the right being in italics, you ask? Uh... you know it when you hear it. For example, the lead single off ESSO's forthcoming,...Read More

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Dustin-Prestige

#3 - Dustin-Prestige - Guess Who

Finally. I’ve been waiting years for hip-hop to finally pay tribute to beloved children’s game Guess Who. Wait, what’s that? That’s not what the song is about? Ok, what about Canadian band The Guess Who? Nope. How...Read More

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Stack$

#4 - Stack$ ft. Vado & Casely - How I Live

Update: Click "Listen Now" above to watch Stack$ "How I Live" video. Video directed and edited by Preplex Productions. Stack$ may have been on hiatus the past few years, but he’s back now and has convinced a few friends to...Read More

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Co$$ (aka Ca$hus King)

#5 - Co$$ ft. J.Nolan & THURZ - Angels Sing

For adherents of many faiths, life is a precarious tightrope-walk between the heavens above and the fallen world beneath; one must be watchful at all times, lest one tumble into the mire. Similarly, rappers walk a fine line...Read More

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Chris Webby

#6 - Chris Webby ft. A Mitch - There Goes the Neighborhood

Fresh off bringing us the reader-approved What I Do, Chris Webby returns with one more leak off his forthcoming street release. Title track There Goes the Neighborhood finds Don Cannon serving up a head-noddable, bass-driven...Read More

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Emilio Rojas

#7 - Emilio Rojas ft. Nikkiya - Blame Me

For all of Emilio Rojas' strengths—his mic skills, his self-confidence, his tenacious wit--the Rochester representative has one hell of an Achilles' Heel: I'm talking, of course, about his love life. Whether he's...Read More

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Grieves

#8 - Grieves ft. K.Flay - Lost in the Sun

It's been a minute since we last heard from Rhymesayers emcee Grieves and his production partner, Budo--Best of Me hit our front page way back in January. Where have they been in the meantime? According the collaborators'...Read More

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Leedz Edutainment

#9 - Leedz Edutainment ft. Stalley & Apollo The Great - Stay Charged

An indie label based out of Boston, Leedz Edutainment are getting ready to showcase their impressive stable on a brand new, DJBooth-hosted compilation album. Making its world premiere right here in The DJBooth, inaugural leak...Read More

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Romey

#10 - Romey ft. Emilio Rojas - I'm a Muthaf**kin' Problem

Booth readers, we have a problem, and his name is Romey. The latest single off his forthcoming full-length, I'm a Muthaf**kin' Problem finds the Chi-town/Madison-repping newcomer demonstrating precisely why he poses such a...Read More

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Bodega BAMZ

#11 - Bodega BAMZ ft. Emilio Rojas - Real Love

Fresh off making his debut with the Booth-acclaimed Hot Like '95, Bodega BAMZ returns to (hopefully) earn another round of reader plaudits with his latest effort. On Real Love, V12 The Hitman's soulful sample work sets a...Read More

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J The S

#12 - J The S ft. Styles P & P-Dub - Razor

In a genre filled with musclebound toughs, J The S might not seem like the most intimidating physical presence. As Joe Higgs cautioned us in 1967's Steppin' Razor, however, appearances can be deceiving: “I'm like a steppin'...Read More

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¡MAYDAY!

#13 - ¡MAYDAY! x Black Keys - Sinister Kids [Freestyle]

With blues-rockers' The Black Keys' brand new El Camino LP flying off the record-store shelves like hotcakes would be if record stores sold hotcakes, it should surprise no one to see rap acts getting in on the remix-freestyle...Read More

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Mistah F.A.B

#14 - Mistah F.A.B ft. Royce Da 5’9? & Talib Kweli - In My City

Mistah F.A.B. is back on the scene with a brand new, digital-only EP I Found My Backpack 2: The Lost Notebook, which dropped today. Not surprisingly, Booth selection In My City, featuring lyrical assists from Talib Kweli and...Read More

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DJ ABSOLUT

#15 - DJ ABSOLUT ft. Wyclef, Pitbull, Jim Jones & Bounty Killer - My Generation

Star-studded DJ singles aren't exactly known for their substance, but DJ ABSOLUT's latest promo cut is far from your average street banger. On My Generation, Fugees alumnus Wyclef Jean does double-duty on the mic and behind...Read More

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Marion Write

#16 - Marion Write - Tell Me

Playing the “here’s a track that didn’t make the cut for my album” game can be dangerous. Done right listeners are left thinking, “If this didn’t make it, the album must be incredible!” Done wrong, listeners are...Read More

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Dee-1

#17 - Dee-1 - My American Dream

With myriad rappers currently airing their frustrations with the bleak socioeconomic climate, Dee-1 is offering a positive antidote to the faulty value system that got us into this mess in the first place. On album leak My...Read More

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GQ

#18 - GQ ft. Bluu Suede & Rapsody - Optimus Prime

In addition to being the name of the fearless leader of the Autobots, “Optimus Prime” translates from Latin to mean (roughly) “The Greatest, the First;” Needless to say, it's a title that many a rapper would love to...Read More

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Fashawn

#19 - Fashawn - Generation F

Currently hard at work on the follow-up to 2009's Boy Meets World--one of the most acclaimed rap debuts in recent memory--Fashawn is taking a moment to sip some bubbly, celebrate his successes to date, and ponder the road...Read More

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