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.
January 20, 2014 Chart Recap*Last week’s front-runners, Nemo Achida‘s “Hands On” and Fundamental‘s “Distilled,” drop to (respectively) seventh and fifth. Taking their place on top are First Division‘s Booth-premiered “Life & Death” (formerly …...Read More
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
Update: We have added the Tommy Nova-directed visuals for SA-ROC's 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...Read More
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
On his last DJBooth feature, SonReal told us that, more than acquiring fame or making money, he simply wanted to give hip-hop lovers something to Believe in. With the lousy Luck he's experienced lately, though, even he...Read More
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
Some artists like to get experimental with their album titles (Stankonia, anyone?), but most prefer a much more simple, descriptive approach. Klassik's YRP (Young Rising Phenoms) album (released last month) falls into the...Read More
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
According to Raz Simone's bio, he started writing poetry in his early childhood, and the inspiration to become an emcee came only later, when he tried reciting his words over movie scores. That cinematic sensibility is...Read More
As of my writing this, it isn't even 11:30 AM, but that doesn't stop Booth newcomer A$hton from telling us “Knighty Knight” on his current mixtape single. (It originally dropped last January, but is getting another push...Read More
If there are any small children in the room, cover their ears; as the title suggests, EarthGang's first DJBooth feature contains some strong language. Or, just let 'em listen—exposure to high-quality hip-hop can only...Read More
In economics, everything proceeds according to the laws of supply and demand. As a practitioner of Raponomics Verbal Kent does things a bit differently; the Chi-town rhymesayer supplies the kind of music he wants to supply,...Read More
Since you're browsing the Booth, I'm going to go ahead and guess you're sitting down, with your Internet-connected device of choice resting either on a desk or on your lap. That position just won't do for listening to the new...Read More
While the date on HD's birth certificate clearly reads “1994,” there are those who insist the B.K. wunderkind is too young to truly epitomize his city's old-school sound. Those people are clearly deaf, so he wisely...Read More
Allan Rayman may hail from North of the Border, but it's only a matter of time before he has America's three biggest hip-hop cities on lock. On EP standout LA/NY/CHI (Monopoly), making its world premiere on our front page,...Read More
Booth newcomer Tino has been living and breathing hip-hop since Ronald Regan was in office and Ferris Bueller was in theaters. Even Back in '86 he knew he was destined to become an emcee. As a childhood dream the thought is...Read More
On his forthcoming full-length, Madchild will introduce fans to SUPER BEAST, an ultra-powerful alter ego whose favorite pastimes include murdering mics and annihilating sucker emcees. If that doesn't sound much different from...Read More
“The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads—they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.” That quote, of course, originally referred to the title character from 1980s...Read More
If you're anything like me, the title of Childish Gambino's new single immediately called to mind a couplet from Madvillain's All Caps: “Whip up a slice of nice verse pie, hit it on the first try / Villain: the worst...Read More
Allday; rap game Claude Monet. Why? Because each work of art will leave quite the impression on you (yes, that was an art history pun). Though the Australia native is known for his fun, energetic style (see Girl In The Sun,...Read More
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
It ain't just Isaiah Rashad's skills that set him apart from the competition. His priorities, too, are different from the usual. In the opening bars of his latest single, the TDE signee quotes Master P, spitting, “Y'all...Read More
It's never a bad idea to hit a home run on your debut Booth feature. After all, your want our readers to fiend for more of your work. On his maiden voyage on our homepage newcomer P. Genz doesn't just hit a home run. He...Read More
Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and uprooted Pell along with his family, the Mississippi-based rhymesayer still dreams of returning to the place he remembers from his childhood. On new single EST...Read More
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