Independent Music Chart
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January 27, 2014 Chart Recap*Last week’s front-runners, First Division‘s “Life & Death” and SA-ROC‘s “True Mastery,” drop to (respectively) fifth and 10th this week. Two new features, Rich Quick‘s “Lullabiez” and Astro‘s “I …...Read More
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
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
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
Felling sleepy, bored or just plain lazy? Well, Nate Good's refreshing new single will wake you up like a Cup of Joe. If this effort were in fact a cup of coffee, it would be black with just a touch of cream. It's an original...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
Don't worry; even though Russ's latest single is titled Goodbye, he is not leaving our pages anytime soon. In fact, next week his Pink Elephant album will be available for free streaming and download here in the Booth. He is,...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
Last we featured MURS, he was celebrating the Yuletide on CREAM (Christmas Rules Everything Around Me). Two weeks into the new year, the West Coast stalwart's feeling considerably less merry, and it's all thanks to a certain...Read More
We've all got our emotional baggage. Luke Christopher? Let's just say that, even if he takes advantage of Southwest's generous checked-bag policy, he gonna be paying some extra fees. On Broken People, his first promo single...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
Last week, Fly Union stepped into the Booth with their first feature of the new year, the reader-approved Hustle. Now, the Ohio hip-hop trio is back to build on that cut's success with another freshly-minted promo single....Read More
Next week, veteran West Coast beatsmith The Alchemist and Dilated Peoples rhymesayer Evidence, together known as Step Brothers, are slated to release their collaborative debut album. If, for some reason, you haven't been...Read More
A Cincinnati-repping up-and-comer signed to indie label Khimera Records, LLC., Monty C. Benjamin introduces himself to The DJBooth with the Intro track off his latest street album. While the artist's bars here are light on...Read More
Last Friday, we heard DIEMON Records emcee/producer Russ bid a treacherous woman adieu on Goodbye, a reader-approved cut off his forthcoming mixtape. Fast-forward three days, and his anger has faded into sorrow and regret. On...Read More
Despite the enthusiastic response ZuP received for his Booth debut, December 2012's Submissive, the Cleveland emcee/producer took his sweet time putting together a follow-up feature. I'll forgive him, though, because new...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
Loyal readers of the DJBooth may remember Flex as one-half of The Antiheroes, the T-Dot twosome who brought us bangers like Understand and So Easy. Like many artists who first make a name for themselves as part of a crew,...Read More
Sauce Money is a first-time featuree in the DJBooth, but he's far from a newcomer to the game. His guest appearances on Big Daddy Kane's Daddy's Home and Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt speak to just how deep his roots in the B.K....Read More
Earlier today, Vancouver recording artist SonReal unleashed his highly-anticipated digital full-length, One Long Day. Judging by the positive reviews previous singles Luck and Believe received on our pages, most of our...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
Unsigned R&B singer Bridge came into the world on September 8th, and he's in very good company; that's also the birthday of Pink, Wiz Khalifa and a certain DJBooth editor by the name of Richard. Don't go into this...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
I think it's safe to say Bishop Nehru's feeling damn good right now. I mean, he did just take home the trophy for Best New Artist (Unsigned/Independent) in our 2013 Best of the Booth Awards. The NYC representative's rivals in...Read More
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