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.


September 20, 2010 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


The Mad Violinist

#1 - The Mad Violinist & The Symphony Crack Orchestra - Muzik

On paper, pairing lush, hip-hop-informed grooves with lead violin seems like a strange idea – and, in a way, it is. Of course, it's hard to focus on how out-of-the-ordinary Ashanti “The Mad Violinist” Floyd's modus...Read More

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Stromae

#2 - Stromae ft. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte' - Alors On Danse (Remix)

While America's urban music has been thoroughly steeped in the synth-heavy influence of European pop, artists across the pond haven't stopped cooking up new and adventurous ways to get bodies moving. The latest continental...Read More

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Jon Hope

#3 - Jon Hope - Still Breathin'

I love road trips. Let me edit that: I love road trips when I have some good music in my stereo - nothing irks me more than having to listen to Pretty Boy Swag 18 times on the radio in 30 minutes. Thankfully, I received a...Read More

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The ILLZ

#4 - The ILLZ - Cover Me (I'm Going In)

As much as I like the lighter side of hip-hop, I always enjoy a hard track when it comes into my inbox. So if you’re like me, you’ll definitely appreciate the diamond-hard track that New Jersey representer The ILLZ has...Read More

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Joell Ortiz

#5 - Joell Ortiz - Battle Cry

I’ve been called crazy for making this claim before, most recently on Joell Ortiz’ previous feature ‘80s Baby, but for my money, the Brooklyn microphone destroyer is Slaughterhouse’s best emcee. Budden may be deeper,...Read More

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NIQUE

#6 - NIQUE - Boom Bap

While the title of West Coast buzzmaker (and recent Booth showcase participant) NIQUE's latest mixtape leak carries nostalgic connotations, the record is more than a simple retro throwback; like fellow Vegas representatives...Read More

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Voli

#7 - Voli ft. Jayro - Free

Most of us have, at one time or another, fantasized about walking out of work (or school) and flying someplace far away to live a life Free of all worldly obligations. Sure, most of us kinda need income to survive, but who...Read More

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Toki Wright

#8 - Toki Wright - Hold Me Down

From previous features Out of Nothing and This Right Here to his exclusive DJBooth Freestyle, DJBooth nation has always held down Minneapolis representative and Rhymesayers signee Toki Wright with high ratings, a trend I have...Read More

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Emilio Rojas

#9 - Emilio Rojas ft. Mickey Factz - Ex Girl

Ah, ex-girlfriends. They’re like girlfriends, but even crazier and you don’t have to buy them things. (I’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight for that one.) Luckily I’ll be able to commiserate with NYC rhymespitter and...Read More

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Steve Liriks

#10 - Steve Liriks - Fix You

It goes without saying that an emcee who calls himself Steve Liriks is serious about his pen game but, as is often the case, the name only tells part of the story. In addition to doing beautiful things with the written word,...Read More

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Young Scolla

#11 - Young Scolla & Big Soj - For Mama

In a world where everyone’s constantly chasing their hopes and dreams, reality is a constant obstacle. We're all not blessed enough to travel down an easy road, but thankfully fast riser Young Scolla continues to create...Read More

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Atmosphere

#12 - Atmosphere - Freefallin’

After grinding through another week of school, there couldn't have been a more refreshing joint to listen to than Atmosphere’s latest leak Freefallin’. From the duo Atmosphere (whose individual names, Slug and Ant, remind...Read More

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Mike Dreams

#13 - Mike Dreams ft. Dominoe Chy'ea & Toyebi Adedipe - Any Day Now

Since the February release of his massively-acclaimed, Booth-sponsored Dreamer's Poetry LP, Mike Dreams has been relatively quiet, only resurfacing to bring us mixtape leak How to Make It in America. Has my Minne-ap neighbor...Read More

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Terrace Martin

#14 - Terrace Martin ft. Wiz Khalifa & Overdoz - Roll Up

Artists are always changing their roles. Eminem and T.I. have both ventured into producing records, while beatsmiths like Timbaland and Dr. Dre went from producing to rapping. But then you have a rare third group who seem to...Read More

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(iam) James Wade

#15 - James Wade - Breaking Up

Featured back in March, Smile won then-Booth newcomer (iam) James Wade high praise for his intelligent lyricism, but some weren't feeling its unconventional, Chipmunk-sampled beat. Far from toning down his distinctive style,...Read More

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Kool G Rap

#16 - Kool G Rap - Sad

They say “age ain’t nothin’ but a number.” However, rap is for the most part a young man’s game, and in an age of here one day, gone the next sensations, it’s rare to hear a man over 40 still rocking a mic....Read More

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Kno (of CunninLynguists)

#17 - Kno (of CunninLynguists) ft. Thee Tom Hardy & Tunji - Rhythm of the Rain

Ever laid in bed during a storm, listening to the Rhythm of the Rain as it hit your rooftop, and said to yourself, “Damn, this would make a dope hip-hop record!”? I haven't – but, then again, I'm not a...Read More

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Hollywood FLOSS

#18 - Hollywood Floss - I'll Be Honest

Hollywood Floss' last non-freestyle feature, the reader-approved Mr. Big Stuff, found the Houston native discussing the difficulties of life as a (literal) shorty. As the cliché goes, though, it's what's inside that counts...Read More

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Winner's Circle

#19 - Winner's Circle - 'Til the Lights Come On

With a name like Winner's Circle, these guys must know how to celebrate in style, right? To answer my own rhetorical question, damn straight – and their latest offering, leak numero dos off their forthcoming street album,...Read More

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