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.

March 18, 2013 Chart Recap*Last week’s top two......Read More

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Joey BadA$$

Joey BadA$$ - Unorthodox

Showcasing an agile, brainy lyrical style over beats that sound like they hopped a time machine from the 1990s, Joey BadA$$ is unique among hip-hop's current freshman class. That Unorthodox style, of course, is exactly why...Read More
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Raz Simone

Raz Simone ft. Sam Lachow - Sometimes I Don't

On his latest single, Sometimes I Don’t, emcee Raz Simone broadcasts a few things that he does and does not do. One item that could be placed in the later category is the creation of wack songs, because so far, the Seattle...Read More
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Obie Trice

Obie Trice - Pocket Full

This Saturday, March 9, marked the 16-year anniversary of Biggie Smalls' untimely passing. To commemorate the occasion, and honor B.I.G.'s immortal contributions to the hip-hop game, Detroit rhymesayer Obie Trice unleashed a...Read More
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W.L.A.K.

W.L.A.K ft. Christon Gray & Dre Murray - Long Way Down

In late February, Tulsa, Oklahoma's Dre Murray made his first foray into the Booth with Reality, a joint affirming his allegiance first to God, and then to his musical hustle. Though his faith is clearly strong, there are...Read More
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Art of Fresh

Art of Fresh - Where I Go

For most of us, turning our fantasies into reality is a daunting, and frequently discouraging task. T-Dot hip-hop duo Art of Fresh, on the other hand, have had so much practice that it now comes naturally. As emcee D.O. (the...Read More
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Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt ft. Tyler, The Creator - WHOA

Few young emcees inspire more shock and awe on a bar-by-bar basis than Odd Future lyricist Earl Sweatshirt. If you're picking up what he's putting down, practically every other line will elicit a double-take. On this...Read More
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Dizzy Wright

Dizzy Wright ft. Joey BadA$$ - Maintain

Two young rhymesayers with a cerebral rhyme style and a fondness for the herb, Las Vegas representative Dizzy Wright and B.K. buzzmaker Joey BadA$$ collide on the latest single off the former's next street album. Fueled by DJ...Read More
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Macklemore x Ryan Lewis

Macklemore x Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz - Thrift Shop

Sometimes I wonder just how the Seattle bred Irishman Macklemore does what he does. Coming off his most recent release, Same Love, which eloquently addressed the underlying issues associated with homosexuality and same-sex...Read More
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Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah x Adrian Younge ft. William Hart (of The Delfonics) - Enemies

As far as their forthcoming collaborative project is concerned, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge are two for two in the Booth. Lead single The Rise of the Ghostface Killah and follow-up The Sure Shot (Parts One & Two) were...Read More
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Trek Life

Trek Life - Just the Music

Thankfully, we have emcees like Trek Life to drop records that remind us of the true essence of Hip-Hop. With his latest release, Just the Music, you can’t help but think about summer days as a kid, riding in your...Read More
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J.Nolan

J.Nolan - Blue Skies

Currently, as I write this, there is a torrential downpour outside, but all I can see are Blue Skies thanks to an impressive new release from J.Nolan. The song is the second release from the Connecticut emcee’s...Read More
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Lyn Charles

Lyn Charles ft. Guordan - Silence

As the old saying goes, silence is golden. While normally used to quiet children down or keep people hushed in a library, the phrase can also be used to describe Silence, the latest feature from Lyn Charles. Over a heavy...Read More
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Tanya Morgan

Tanya Morgan - For Real

Though Tanya Morgan recently contributed guest bars to Space Mountain, a track off Koncept's Malt Disney EP, it's been a hot minute since we've brought you any new headlining material from the Brooklyn duo; their last...Read More
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Chance the Rapper

Chance The Rapper ft. BJ The Chicago Kid - Good Ass Intro

When's the last time you listened to a new rap record and thought to yourself, “Damn, this intro is dope.”? For me, it was way back in 2009. While Sharam's She Came Along still boasts the best opening seconds of any track...Read More
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Wax

Wax - We Can't All Be Heroes

As a kid, you might have been told that if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be. While this is all well and good, it is not the most realistic motto. Perhaps some brutal honesty and a dose of reality courtesy of...Read More
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KYLE

KYLE - Keep It Real

Breaking into choreographed dance routines on the baseball field, bragging about eating Cheetos in the studio—these aren't the actions of a man who's afraid to be himself. Introduced to our pages with December's Silver...Read More
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Torae

Torae ft. Pharoahe Monch - What's Love

Keeping it real and staying true to your vision may be fulfilling, but warm, fuzzy feelings aren't going to put food on your family's table. Well-acquainted with the conflict that arises when art and commerce collide, Torae...Read More
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Nick Weaver

Nick Weaver ft. Brianna Falcone - Terminal 3

Nick Weaver is coming for your thug tears, and he's using his latest video single Terminal 3 as his method of extraction. Using the aforementioned airport terminal as the backdrop to this somber expression of the longing,...Read More
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Marco Polo

Marco Polo ft. Big Daddy Kane - Nite & Day

Fresh off garnering positive Booth reviews for What's Wrong, an album outtake co-starring rap legend Rakim, Marco Polo has pulled another unreleased gem from the vault for our listening pleasure. Like its predecessor, Nite &...Read More
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Quake Matthews

Quake Matthews ft. Geeter - Lucy

Not everything that glitters is gold, and not every female rocking a mink coat is a goddess. An underground rhymesayer hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quake Matthews tells the story of a young woman whose lust for life's...Read More

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Frank Leone

Frank Leone ft. ProbCause - F**k That

Though he made an impressive debut with Miles Bonney, Frank Leone is still a relatively new name to DJBooth readers. Most artists in Frank's situation (with less than a handful of features under their belt) might opt to...Read More
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Badio

Badio - Want To

Believe it or not, there's such a thing as being too smooth. Take Badio, for example. New single Want To, the Virginia-residing rhymesayer's first feature since 2010 DJBooth debut Kiss the Sky, finds him struggling to...Read More
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P. SO

P.SO the Earth Tone King ft. 8thw1 - She Don't

Sizing up romantic interests based on their musical taste is superficial, no doubt, but let's be real: it's hard to look at a guy or girl the same way after you learn that their iPod's filled with nothing but Kreayshawn and...Read More
 

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