XXL: The Top 30 Independent Artists in the Game

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XXL: The Top 30 Independent Artists in the Game
 

 

As we take today to celebrate our nation’s day of independence, it’s only right that we also pay tribute to Hip-Hop’s crop of independent emcees. Sans the support and deep pockets of a major, these artists have managed to thrive, both as mainstream acts and those with niche followings. Whether it’s from touring, selling merchandise, or moving units, succeeding in the independent grind is no easy feat. So enjoy your 4th of July and join us as we tip our hats to the Top 30 Independent Artists in the Game. — XXL Staff
1. Mac Miller
2. Tech N9ne
3. Childish Gambino
4. E-40
5. k!ller Mike
6. Odd Future
7. El-P
8. Fat Joe
9. Atmosphere
10. Lacrae
11. DJ Drama
12. Raekwon
13. Kid Ink
14. Dom Kennedy
15. Chris Webby
16. MURS
17. Macklemore
18. Hopsin
19. Styles P
20. Danny Brown
21. Juvenile
22. Smoke DZA
23. Statik Selektah
24. Immortal Technique
25. Sean Price
26. Brother Ali
27. Jean Grae
28. DOOM
29. Trae Tha Truth
30. Lil B



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 Happy Independence Day: The Top 30 Independent Artists in the Game | XXL

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 6 years ago '04        #2
justinjones 310 heat pts310 OP
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now go bat sh!t
 6 years ago '05        #3
Martel 21 heat pts21
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obviously ain't listed by skill, nor impact, nor sales so what the fu*k is this thing listed by? mac miller #1? childish gambino, hopsin, chris webby ?
 6 years ago '04        #4
justinjones 310 heat pts310 OP
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 Martel said:
obviously ain't listed by skill, nor impact, nor sales so what the fu*k is this thing listed by? mac miller #1? childish gambino, hopsin, chris webby ?
i think its based on recent success when you read the little profile stuff

mac miller
Mac Miller took independent success to new mainstream heights in the past year. He scored two certified gold singles in “Knock Knock“ and “Donald Trump.” His highly anticipated debut, Blue Slide Park, released last November, became the first indie release to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food in 1995. The LP has moved 331, 245 units to date. Mac’s also landed coveted guest spots on Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger (Remix)” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend (Remix)” alongside 2 Chainz and Asher Roth. The Pittsburgh MC’s also been relentlessly touring the world with his 70-city Blue Slide Park run last fall, domestic and oversees legs of his Macadelic tour at the top of the year and more recently, his Under the Influence trek with Wiz Khalifa. Let’s not forget his Mountain Dew endorsement. Last fall, XXL reported that Mac raked in roughly 20 to 25, 000 per show. Word is that figure has significantly ballooned since then. With numbers that rival that of major-label artists, Mac’s proven himself as the top independent artist in the game this year.
 07-04-2012, 03:27 PM         #5
Francis Schilke 
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E-40 a fu*kin legend, salute that mans work ethic.
 6 years ago '06        #6
Affectz 163 heat pts163
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mac won
 6 years ago '11        #7
elvisfreshly 106 heat pts106
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My n*gga Kid Ink on the list


SP THE GHOST
 6 years ago '04        #8
dipsetrocfan 
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no $tarlito, no don trip??? list sucks!
 6 years ago '04        #9
justinjones 310 heat pts310 OP
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 NO RELIGION said:
I hate lil b,but I would've put that f*ggot in the top 5. That n*gga be everywhere.

No nip hu$$le?????
i think he is so low because even though he did all of that its not adding up to anything.

mac miller got the 1st number 1 album for rap indie album in 17 years, mountain dew deals and gold singles
tech n9ne got his own label
childish gambino had a top 10 album
e-40 dropped 3 albums on the same day this year that got on billboard


and what does lil b have?

500 copies sold on itunes.

i guess you can take k!ller mike off the top 5 but even then you could move o.f up

they all are based off of touring so that is almost a wash
 6 years ago '07        #10
tacuna 320 12 heat pts12
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e-40? how the mighty have fallen....
 6 years ago '11        #11
Norcal 79 heat pts79
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Tech definitely should be #1 with 40 in a close 2nd.
 07-04-2012, 04:03 PM         #12
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Mac won because all his fans are white the same with Tech 9,xcept when you ARE white it helps you more in Mac's case.
 6 years ago '06        #13
Bama Boy 100 heat pts100
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how in the world could u even think about putting Mac Miller over Tech N9ne? Tech been sellin records independent for like 15 years, Mac Miller been in the game what? 2 years?
 6 years ago '12        #14
Fresh.E 66 heat pts66
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E-40 is actually high on the list
I didn't expect that the Bay Ambassador would get ranked that high.

I get why the man is hated but hes still my favorite rapper and high on my list.
 07-04-2012, 05:59 PM         #15
Ca$h Out 
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Mac miller can sell some records though, his fan base is HUGE....

The dude be having sites crashing when his mixtapes be realesing, plus the million flollowers on twitter.
 6 years ago '12        #16
CaLis LEGACY 77 heat pts77
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Immortal Technique should be #1

dude has more of a independent message than any of these artist

mac miller is not even 100% independent
 6 years ago '11        #17
Radio Raheem 14 heat pts14
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isnt curren$y a independent artist?
 6 years ago '05        #18
katalist 231 heat pts231
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@ Childish Gambino and Mac Miller ahead of The God E-40



Hieroglyphics, E-40 and Living Legends def been the independent hustlers on the westcoast over the years
 6 years ago '05        #19
katalist 231 heat pts231
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 Francis Schilke said:
E-40 a fu*kin legend, salute that mans work ethic.
 6 years ago '04        #20
MainEv3nt 21 heat pts21
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gambino should be over mac but i take it as it is.
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