Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper’s cult following has gained him mainstream acclaim and head nods from the likes of Eminem. He’s also an advocate for nonviolence in his native Chicago. Win, and win.
Tech N9ne reps so hard as an independent artist that he has created tour franchise around it. This year, he will take 70 cities (yes, 70) for his Independent Grind Tour 2014 with Freddie Gibbs.
Fiddy’s decision to go independent may have come out of left field, but it should be common knowledge by now that the man can make a good business decision. Now we’re wondering if G-Unit will be independent as well.
Beyonce’s younger sister is known for going against the grain in life and in music, so heading up her own label, Saint Records, did not come as a shock. The label’s Saint Heron compilation album is also of dope proportions.
When Ashanti went indie with her latest release, it made for a winning move. The singer’s Braveheart album topped the independent charts and even saw a Top 10 spot on the Billboard 200. Oh, she ain’t lookin’ too bad these day, either.
Lecrae uses his words wisely. Bringing a sense of accountability to the rap world, he does things his own way, and we can’t say we’re mad at that.
Lil’ Herb (G Herbo)
Ever since his Nicki Minaj feature/co-sign on ‘Chi-Raq,’ G Herbo’s (or Lil’ Herb’s) name has started to ring some bells. Exciting to see where this one can take it.
Nitty Scott, MC
This Brooklyn-bred femcee is a favorite of ours. Tapping into The Art Of Chill, Nitty Scott, MC exudes the kind of tranquility you don’t just find anywhere.