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.


July 11, 2011 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.net …...Read More


Radical Something

#1 - Radical Something - Escape

At first blush, a laid-back political radical sounds like as much of a contradiction-in-terms as a square circle, or a lyrical Waka Flocka joint. Radical Something, however, are living proof that they do exist. On new promo...Read More

theBREAX

#2 - theBREAX ft. D-Maub - Clap Your Hands

Plenty of Christian musical acts have attempted to proudly proclaim the Good News while still appealing to secular eardrums, but none to my knowledge have nailed that balance like theBREAX. Without fail, the Cali-based crew's...Read More

The Cool Kids

#3 - The Cool Kids ft. Bun B - Gas Station

We’ve already come a long way with The Cool Kids as they prepare to (finally) release their debut album. In February, it was still chilly enough for group members Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks to Bundle Up, a far cry from...Read More

Tech N9ne

#4 - Tech N9ne ft. Lil Wayne & T-Pain - F*ck Food

With the verbal agility he displays in his musical work, Tech N9ne must have some... other skills as well, right? Indeed—on newly-leaked album standout F*ck Food, the Kansas City underground uses his cunning linguistic...Read More

Jake Miller

#5 - Jake Miller - Hey You!

Musical superstars' backgrounds are as varied as their work, but a common denominator among their diverse histories is the early sense of being a little... different. For many, the realization that one doesn't quite fit with...Read More

ForteBowie

#6 - ForteBowie ft. Aleon Craft - Decatur

Those who tuned in for ForteBowie’s DJBooth debut The Thesis may be forgiven for thinking that the Atlanta newcomer is just a seriously minded emcee but as he proves on new single Decatur the man’s also a obscure-sample...Read More

Ced Hughes

#7 - Ced Hughes - Lights!

It was October of 2010 and we were hearing a lot about Ced Hughes’ upcoming album One Day We’ll Wake Up. In fact, judging by ratings for previous single Shoot Down the Stars it could be said that the Booth was eagerly...Read More

Illus

#8 - Illus ft. Gift Of Gab & Paul Dateh - Better

It's one of the oldest clichés in the book (even older than the “oldest [blank] in the book” cliché), but it's true: however bad you've got it, there's someone out there worse off. For a vivid reminder, we turn to...Read More

Lil B

#9 - Lil B - Trapped In Prison

When Wonton Soup was buzzing last August, my cousin asked me what I thought about Lil B. I told her that The Pack standout was like the Jim Carrey of rap. Beneath the outrageous and comic antics there was a serious artist...Read More

Sol

#10 - Sol - This Sh*t

Regular readers know that I have a propensity towards obscenity, so handing me a song titled This S**t is a pretty f**king solid guarantee that most of this write-up will be scattered with asterisks. F**k it, sometimes you...Read More

Moe Green

#11 - Moe Green ft. Amy Serrata - Dreamin

Judging solely on the Vallejo repper's stage name, you might assume Moe Green's grind was motivated entirely by a desire to amass paper (and possibly spend it on vast quantities of kush). But, you know what they say about...Read More

Phil Adé

#12 - Phil Adé - Monte Carlo Dreams

What exactly is Phil Adé Monte Carlo Dreaming about? Riding around town in a brand new Chevy Monte Carlo? Grabbing his passport and flying to tropical paradise Monte Carlo? Or maybe it’s winning enough money at Las...Read More

OnCue

#13 - OnCue - Feel Tall

“Artist (fill in the blank) doesn’t sound like anyone else” has become such a common phrase that it’s ironically become cliché, but I just don’t know what else to say; OnCue is really developing his own sound. Not...Read More

Rapsody

#14 - Rapsody ft. Big K.R.I.T. - So Be It

With the boom-bap inspired sound and tightly-wound mic approach that characterizes much of Rapsody's work, it's easy to forget that her home state, North Carolina, is part of the Dirty South. Fresh off colliding with...Read More

Muzi

#15 - Muzi ft. Aleon Craft & Spree Wilson - Cold Machine

Whether it's Prince waxing poetic about the allure of a Little Red Corvette or UGK admitting that women “...ain't tripping on me, they wanna f*ck my car,” artists through the ages have recognized the erotic appeal in the...Read More

Cody B. Ware

#16 - Cody B. Ware - Ladybug

Considering their unusually high cuteness factor, along with their appetite for garden pests, it's no surprise that the Ladybug has set itself apart from the rest of the insect family as a symbol of good luck. On this...Read More

Aleon Craft

#17 - Aleon Craft w/ Fitz & The Tantrums - Don’t Gotta Work It Out (Solar-Hop Remix)

The things Aleon Craft does for us; in addition to creating dope, innovative jams for progressive hip-hop heads to vibe out to, the Atlanta buzzmaker's taken it upon himself to introduce fans to the best indie rock has to...Read More

Kahali Oden

#18 - Mean Doe Green - Opera Towers

Not familiar with the Opera Towers, the Miami condo complex from which Mean Doe Green's latest single takes its title? Click here for a visual aid—or don't, if you'd prefer not to feel woefully inadequate about your current...Read More

Smokey Robotic

#19 - Smokey Robotic - Bazooka

No one—well, almost no one—enters the game planning to sell out but, once fame and fortune are dangling tantalizingly close, one's principles suddenly begin to seem a lot less binding. How to ensure one never reaches that...Read More

 

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