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 30, 2012 Chart RecapWelcome to the Booth’s Top Independent Hip Hop Chart! As always, your feedback has determined which songs made the cut. Each chart’s lineup is calculated using a special DJBooth …...Read More


Yonas

#1 - Yonas - Midnight City

With his version of Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks, Yonas put his mark on the biggest sleeper hit of 2011—and earned the Booth staff's Best Remix of 2011 nod for his troubles. Not quite as ubiquitous as the...Read More

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Kid Ink

#2 - Kid Ink - Time Of Your Life

Update: Click "Listen Now" above to watch Kid Ink's "Time of Your Life" video. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not exaggerating when I say you'll have the Time of Your Life listening to Kid Ink's latest single. Just, kidding,...Read More

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K. Sparks

#3 - K. Sparks - The Cotton Club

Ready for a whirlwind history lesson, brought to you by Wikipedia? Good. Established in 1920 under the ownership of heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson (but taken over by bootlegger and gangster Owney Madden in '23), The Cotton...Read More

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The Pro Letarians

#4 - The Pro Letarians - 33 Vergions

In Karl Marx's (in)famous theoretical writings, the father of communism describes how the proletarians (or wage laborers) will use their strength in numbers to seize the means of production from the bourgeoisie and create a...Read More

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ScHoolboy Q

#5 - ScHoolboy Q ft. A$AP Rocky - Hands On The Wheel

Based on Schoolboy Q’s previous releases – Blessed and Grooveline Pt. 1 – the SoCal emcee’s been taking a laid back approach to his Habits & Contradictions album. But Q’s here to make sure the world knows that while...Read More

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The Cranberry Show

#6 - The Cranberry Show - Traffic Lights

Update: Click "Watch Video" above to view the Young Focus-directed video. Sharp and bitter where their peers are sweet and tart, the cranberry is the definition of an acquired taste; once you've accustomed yourself to the...Read More

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Sean Rose

#7 - Sean Rose ft. Shawnna & Aja - Tomorrow

On his last feature Sean Rose declared himself to be Fearless, but today he proves it on Tomorrow, making its world premiere right here, right now. After all, not many rappers would be brave, and confident, enough to jump on...Read More

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Knowledge Medina

#8 - Knowledge Medina ft. Co$$ - Can You Let Me Be

Having garnered, respectively, 4.4 and 4.0-star average ratings for Dead or Alive and You Don't Really Care, Knowledge Medina only needs one more reader-acclaimed record to achieve a hat trick in the Booth. Can he pull it...Read More

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¡MAYDAY!

#9 - ¡MAYDAY! - Death March

I think a new genre of music is being born up under our noses and we just haven't given it the proper fitting. Bands dressed as rappers with instruments are taking over everything we ever knew and ¡MAYDAY! is one of the top...Read More

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Nick Pratt

#10 - Nick Pratt ft. Mac Miller - Mac & Me

Remember Mac & Me, the critically-panned E.T. the Extraterrestrial ripoff in which a wheelchair-bound youth helps to reunite a Skittles and Coca-Cola-loving alien with his family? Of course you don't—fortunately, Nick...Read More

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Phresh James

#11 - Phresh James ft. J NICS, Golden, Sean Buck, Personal, & Lil Champ - For a Long Time

Released via our mixtape page last week, Phresh James' latest street album has lived up to its title, garnering Universal L[o]ve from the Booth readership. If all those four and five-star reviews weren't enough to persuade...Read More

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Marion Write

#12 - Marion Write ft. Skyzoo - Slow Down

It's indisputable. Marion Write's been killing it in the lead-up to his new, Booth-hosted full-length. As a matter of fact, he's been doing it so big that, on the second official single off the project, the Vegas rhymesayer...Read More

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Saigon

#13 - Saigon ft. Jovan Dais - Women Are the New Dogs

Update: Click "Watch Now" above to view Saigon's 159 Films-directed "Women Are the New Dogs" video. With his latest street album just a day away from release, Saigon is amping up anticipation with one more leak off the...Read More

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Honors English

#14 - Honors English ft. Karina Pasian - Second Chances

Much has been made of the way hip-hop radio has devolved from an authentic display of a thriving culture by DJs personally connected to the scenes they're covering, into a homogeneous showcase of music pre-selected by...Read More

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John Anthony

#15 - John Anthony - Drugs

Winners don't do Drugs--or do they? John Anthony's love for narcotics certainly hasn't hurt his mic-rocking abilities, if the Southern emcee's latest single and first Booth feature is any indication. Here, Russ' bluesy,...Read More

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Skillz

#16 - Skillz - With You

To paraphrase The Clipse, “Virginia is for lovers, but trust there’s hate here." But while the Brothers Thornton were clearly discussing actions related to the cocaine trade, that doesn’t mean that the Commonwealth of...Read More

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MIRK

#17 - MIRK ft. Mr. Cheeks - Beautiful

I could break down everything about first time The DJBooth featurees MIRK. I could name each of the band’s seven members, and mention that frontman and producer Josh “Mirk” Mirsky first got his start selling his Crispy...Read More

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Dao Jones

#18 - Dao Jones ft. AirlineJay - Thru Your City

Absent from the Booth since dropping off his Mr. October video back in summer 2011, Dao Jones made his triumphant return to the Booth in January, with freshly-minted promo single Thru Your City (a Booth-exclusive world...Read More

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AWKWORD

#19 - AWKWORD ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite & Brimstone127 - Radio 2.0

Once upon a time, you could tune into a hip-hop station and hear music hand-selected by DJs with a personal connection to the scenes they were promoting. Today... well, let's just say times have changed. On Radio 2.0, the...Read More

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