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.


January 13, 2014 Chart Recap*Two new features, Nemo Achida‘s “Hands On” and Fundamental‘s DJBooth-premiered “Distilled,” debut atop the Independent Chart. The only record from mid-December to stay on the chart in the New …...Read More


Nemo Achida

#1 - Nemo Achida ft. BJ The Chicago Kid - Hands On

Snapchat, sexting and other technological innovations have made it easier than ever to get freaky without the muss and fuss of physical intimacy, but Nemo Achida still prefers the Hands On approach. On a brand new promotional...Read More

Fundament

#2 - Fundament - Distilled

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

Truck North

#3 - Truck North - The Man

Since Lords of the Underground dropped their third single back in 1993, rappers have zealously competed for the position of number one Chief Rocka. On his first feature of 2014, Truck North makes a grab at that title, and...Read More

DJ Pain1

#4 - DJ Pain 1 ft. Rain - F**k Ya Dreams

Hip-hop is full of motivational bangers exhorting listeners to reach for the stars and turn their fantasies into reality. DJ Pain1's latest feature (a Booth-exclusive world premiere!) ain't one of 'em. On this freshly-minted...Read More

JR Writer

#5 - JR Writer - Key to Life

Seriously, is there anything better than listening to a veteran emcee go to their bread and butter? If you agree with me (of course, you do) than you will love the latest cut from JR Writer. The well-versed, experienced East...Read More

Vic Mensa

#6 - Vic Mensa ft. Chance The Rapper - Suitcase

If I had to pack for a long trip, I would be sure to make up one Suitcase full of fully-charged iPods, containing nothing but Vic Mensa’s INNANETAPE and Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap on them. Of course, I'd also have to...Read More

Alexander Spit

#7 - Alexander Spit - Bitter Suite Symphony

Whether it's fond memories from family trips or simply the fact that I don't have to clean up after myself, I've always found hotel stays fun and relaxing. Alexander Spit is a different story; according to new promo single...Read More

The Palmer Squares

#8 - The Palmer Squares ft. Street Light - It's Cold

If you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast, you have been thinking one thing and one thing only lately: "F**k, It's Cold!" Since listening to Bob Marley or the Beach Boys will only make you want to punch California in...Read More

Chris Morris

#9 - Chris Morris - Morning Dew

Not glimpsed on our front page since October of 2012, when he earned reader acclaim for Booth debut Focused, Chris Morris returns to re-introduce himself with a fresh song release off his next EP. Nabeyin handles production...Read More

Isaiah Rashad

#10 - Isaiah Rashad ft. Michael Da Vinci - Brad Jordan

Heading into 2014, all eyes are on TDE. SchoolBoy Q's Oxymoron sounds like it could be one of the biggest albums of the year, and Kendrick also has a new LP in the works. Amid all this excitement over Top Dawg's top dogs,...Read More

Herbal T

#11 - Herbal T - That's That

Wax and Herbal T: rap game Olsen twins. While you might think you are tripping or still drunk from New Year's Eve, don't worry; that isn't really Booth favorite Wax, but rather his twin brother (hence the Olsen twin...Read More

Kato

#12 - Kato ft. Irv Da Phenom, Futuristic & Chris Webby - Day 1 Homies

Sometimes, excessive features are used to cover up some sort of shortcoming in a song. Sometimes, however, a beat is just so damn epic, it deserves a few extra emcees. The latter is clearly the case with Kato's Day 1 Homies....Read More

Swollen Members

#13 - Swollen Members - Shut the Light

Why risk getting trampled at your local big box store this Friday, when you can purchase gifts for all the hip-hop lovers in your life from the comfort of your own home? To build anticipation for the massive sale soon to go...Read More

Rapsody

#14 - Rapsody ft. Wale - Dark Knights

Over the last two weeks and change, heads in The DJBooth and beyond have been nodding along to warm-weather bangers from each member of the Jamla Records stable. Considering the uniformly stellar quality of previous Summer of...Read More

SA-ROC

#15 - SA-ROC - True Mastery

Plenty of rappers are nice on the mic, but precious few achieve True Mastery of their craft. Booth newcomer SA-ROC believes she's one of that rare breed and, whether or not you agree with her self-assessment, her unshakeable...Read More

Run The Jewels

#16 - Run The Jewels ft. DJ Q-Bert - Pew Pew Pew

Some guns go “bang bang;” others are more like “brrrap.” Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels are apparently packing lasers because, on the first feature of 2014, their nines go “Pew Pew Pew.” In any case, the...Read More

First Division

#17 - First Division ft. DJ Linx - Life & Death

Update: We have added the Demerara J-directed, Bill Howard-edited visuals for First Division's Life & Death. For Shylow and Expertise of First Division, hip-hop music is a matter of Life & Death. And the same could be said...Read More

Village Of Pharaohs

#18 - Village of Pharaohs - I AM

First in Flight State crew Village of Pharaohs ended 2013 on a contemplative note, examining the motivations behind their hustle and striving to cultivate a mindstate conducive to success in December singles Gone and Here We...Read More

Jourdan Jackson

#19 - Jourdan Jackson ft. Marion Write & TR@bb - Triple Crowned

Today, The DJBooth is receiving a visit from three kings—and, like the wise men of Christmas tradition, they come bearing gifts. Instead of the Orient, though, Booth newcomer Jourdan Jackson and his colleagues hail from Las...Read More

Koncept

#20 - Koncept x J57 ft. Co$$, Tenacity, Johaz, Blame One, El Prez & Realm Reality - When I Get There

In 2013, Red Bull Records invited Brooklyn emcee Koncept to L.A. to spend a week in their world-class studio. After due consideration, he decided the opportunity would be best used to create his first joint project with...Read More

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Nicholas May

#21 - Nicholas May - Fall In Love

Tomorrow might be New Year's Eve, but today feels more like Valentine's Day, thanks to Booth newcomer Nicholas May. The Chi-town emcee is sure to make you Fall in Love with this impressive debut. Speaking of falling in love,...Read More

G-Eazy

#22 - G-Eazy - Almost Famous

The title of G-Eazy's latest single explains why I’m leaving home to become a stewardess. Sorry; when I see a record titled Almost Famous, I can’t help but think about the classic flick by Cameron Crowe. In reality this...Read More

Hodgie

#23 - Hodgie Street ft. P.A. Flex - N*gga Sh*t

The holidays are over and it's time to get back to work and school and all those pesky obligations we've been putting off. The silver lining is that rappers, too, are getting back to work, which means more music for us. Take...Read More

 

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