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.


February 17, 2014 Chart Recap*Rich Quick‘s DJBooth-premiered “May I, Say I” and Buddy‘s “Kids on the Block” debut in the top two, knocking the former front-runners, Chuuwee‘s “JFK” and Grieves‘s “Shreds,” to (respectively) …...Read More


Rich Quick

#1 - Rich Quick - May I, Say I

Want to show that special someone how much you care this Valentine's Day, but aren't sure how to put your feelings into words? Well, you could always just say, “I love you.” (OK, you might want to spring for a fancy...Read More

Buddy

#2 - Buddy ft. Freddie Gibbs - Kids on the Block

No, Buddy's latest feature is not a tribute to the men who brought us You Got It (The Right Stuff), I'll Be Loving You Forever and other late-'80s/early-'90s pop hits. The Kids on the Block the artist's concerned with on his...Read More

Tech N9ne

#3 - Tech N9ne ft. Kendrick Lamar, ¡MAYDAY! & Kendall Morgan - Fragile

When I hear the word “Fragile,” I think of my grandma's china, newborn babies and the like. I most definitely don't think of Tech N9ne's music, most of which is so hard-hitting and aggressive I'd be afraid to play it in...Read More

Frank Leone

#4 - Frank Leone - Night Brigade

Oft imitated but never equaled, the DJBooth Freestyle Series ran from February 2009 through June 2011. Its 250 total entries were the work of a veritable who's-who of underground and emerging emcees, including rising stars...Read More

Joey BadA$$

#5 - Joey Bada$$ - Pantie Raid Pt. II

Back in 2012, on a track off mixtape compilation Rejex, Joey BadA$$ did his best impresison of a 1950s frat boy and conducted a Pantie Raid on a woman of his acquaintance (who was only too willing to give 'em up). Now, two...Read More

Tate Tucker

#6 - Tate Tucker - High Dials

“You only live once, then you die.” That's why, when presented with the choice between a stable, lucrative nine-to-five and an uncertain existence as a musician, West Coast buzzmaker Tate Tucker sprung, without...Read More

Grieves

#7 - Grieves - Shreds

Have two years really passed since Grieves last blessed our pages with a fresh feature? Indeed, to answer my own question, they have. Luckily for fans, the Rhymesayers signee and Seattle native hasn't lost a step between...Read More

Rich Quick

#8 - Rich Quick - Lullabiez

Rich Quick may be in a hurry to get his paper up, but that doesn't mean he's averse to a little rest and relaxation. On his latest promotional single, the Philly-based rhymesayer listens to a few Lullabiez in hopes of...Read More

Jamla Records

#9 - Jamla Records ft. Talib Kweli, Elzhi & Phonte - No Competition

Which independent label currently boasts the all-around dopest stable of hip-hop artists? It would be an exaggeration to say that there's No Competition, but if you answered "Jamla Records," I certainly wouldn't argue with...Read More

Nino Bless

#10 - Nino Bless ft. Ness Lee - Girl vs. World

Absent from our pages since dropping off The Watchmen in January of 2013, Nino Bless returns with a record dedicated to the women in the house. Don't be so quick to bust out the silk sheets and scented candles, though; making...Read More

SA-ROC

#11 - SA-ROC - Code of Hammurabi

Written by the eponymous monarch around 1772 B.C., the Code of Hammurabi details the regulations that governed Mesopotamian society, and the punishments to be exacted on those who broke them. Similarly, the latest single from...Read More

Chuuwee

#12 - Chuuwee - JFK

Oft imitated but never equaled, the DJBooth Freestyle Series ran from February 2009 through June 2011. Its 250 total entries were the work of a veritable who's-who of underground and emerging emcees, including rising stars...Read More

J. Pinder

#13 - J.Pinder x Trox - Life Is Simple (Pt. 1)

Think J. Pinder's music doesn't make sense? Well, neither does life, according to the Seattle rhymesayer. On a brand new promotional single, deceptively titled Life Is Simple (Pt. 1), the indie emcee gives listeners a crash...Read More

Dao Jones

#14 - Dao Jones - Good at Being Single

Based on the speed with which Dao Jones jumps from one girlfriend to the next, you might assume the NYC buzzmaker was bad at relationships. Au contraire—as he explains on his latest feature, he's just really Good at Being...Read More

Latrell James

#15 - Latrell James - Distance

When you forgo surer prospects in favor of following your dreams, there are bound to be moments when, faced with an uncertain future, you begin to doubt your decision. On his Booth debut and latest single, rapper/producer...Read More

PHZ-Sicks

#16 - PHZ-Sicks - Black Women

When you are in the mood for intellectual stimulation, you don't queue up some gritty trap music... right? Well, wrong if you're talking about PHZ-Sicks. His new single, Black Women, might just be the first conscious...Read More

TROY NoKA

#17 - TROY NoKA - Let It All Work Out

On Indecision, a non-featured record off Sampha's latest full-length, the UK crooner offered an ambivalent, yet hopeful take on life's myriad uncertainties, asking the powers that be to, “Let It All Work Out.” Now, that...Read More

Mayo

#18 - Mayo ft. Sydney Jay - Memories

No amount of drinking, random hook-ups, or pints of ice cream eaten can erase the Memories of relationships past. On his first Booth feature spot of 2014, Chicago native Mayo shares some memories of an ex, both good and bad,...Read More

Raz Simone

#19 - Raz Simone ft. Ariana DeBoo - Still Mobbin

Fresh off dazzling Boothgoers with video single Don't Shine, Emerald City fast-riser Raz Simone makes his return to our pages with another fresh cut off his next street album. Here, the 300 signee forgoes the first-mentioned...Read More

FowL

#20 - FowL - Gettin Comfortable

Detroit is known nationally for hockey and, of course, bad weather. Though Cali seems like the complete opposite, that didn't stop Midwest emcee FowL from channeling his inner Californian on Getting Comfortable. Clockwork's...Read More

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Dangerflow

#21 - Dangerflow - Fall Before You Fly

It's common knowledge that, when baby birds are ready to fly, the mother will encourage them to test their wings by punting them out of the nest. Common knowledge is, in this case, totally wrong—apparently, they tempt them...Read More

Stik Figa

#22 - Stik Figa ft. Irv da Phenom - Charlie's Liquor

After teaming up with Rapper Big Pooh about a week ago for the Booth-featured Juk, Stik Figa has returned with another great collab; let's hope these are a weekly occurrence! Though Charlie's Liquor is Big Pooh-less, guest...Read More

Jamall Bufford

#23 - Jamall Bufford ft. Clear Soul Forces, Obie Iyoha & Magestik Legend - Eat (Remix)

No matter whether you're a rapper, an editor for The DJBooth or a Wall Street executive, you've gotta Eat. So feel free to follow my example and get up to grab a snack before settling in to enjoy Jamal Bufford's latest...Read More

 

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