Whats up yall?! I’m back with part two of my favorite indie/underground artists. The indie hip hop scene is so saturated and crazy loaded with talent right now that it can be a little overwhelming at times. That’s a very good problem to have though. I’m like a kid in a hip hop candy store when I’m searching the web and finding new artists or new songs by established artists. I get off my day job and go home and immediately start scrolling the gram, Facebook, Spotify, or Youtube and just vibe out to all the dope sounds I find. There have been numerous times I’ve looked at the clock and hours have gone by. I guess you could kind of call it my therapy and way of dealing with the stress of the day to day.
In Indie/Underground Hip Hop: My Favorite Artists Part 1 I talked about some of my favorite artists that i grew up listening to and who helped shaped my views on hip hop and life in general. Part 2 takes us to a more current era in indie hip hop.
Here Are 5 More Of My Favorite Indie/Underground Artists
Chris freaking Webby is my favorite artist out right now. If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you can definitely tell. I’ve lost track of how many stories I’ve done on this icon. Every time Webby drops a new track is like a Christmas present to me. Webby is definitely one of the best in the game right now. I can’t go through his library and find a bad song. Alright I admit it I’m a bit of a stan for the dude, but his music speaks for itself. But let’s get back to the legend Chris Webby. Dude has been dropping dope music for over ten years now, and it’s his unique evolution as an artist that keeps me coming back. It’s really, really hard to stay relevant in the game for as long as he has and that’s a testament to his unique and ever evolving sound. Lately Webby has been on a bit of a sabbatical which has allowed his EightyHD teammate Anoyd free reign to drop a plethora of dope singles. I’ll definitely be adding Anoyd to my future favorite artists lists. Let’s all hope we get some more Webby content very soon!
Las Vegas native and self proclaimed nerd, Ekoh, is on top of his game right now. He is one of the most humble and down to earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Ekoh really appreciates his fans more than any artist I’ve seen, and he’s got a lot of them. The “Heart Hop Gang” really lives for this man and he returns the love tenfold. He is one of the most talented lyricists in the game, but its his work ethic that really got me hooked. Whether it’s writing, recording, interacting with fans, shooting videos, producing and mixing, networking with other artists, the dude just doesn’t seem to stop working. I really don’t think Ekoh has an off button. I truly admire this man for his work ethic and humbleness as well as his immense talent. Do yourselves a favor and give this dude’s library a listen through and feel what his adoring fans feel for this lyrical god.
Canadian rapper Tariiiq is a relatively unknown name in the rap game right now and that is a major travesty. I first found Tariiiq a few months back and was instantly hooked to his lyricism. I was able to chat with him and get a feature done, Boom Bap Phenom TARiiiQ Is a Name You May Not Know, But You Should, and while speaking with him and researching his music i found him to be a very hungry and intelligent man, not to mention an insanely talented artist. From classic boom bap, to trap, and all sub genres in between Tariiiq shows he can put it down in just about all aspects of rap music. I’m tellin ya watch out for this dude, He gon make it!
Man what can you even say about Dax? The dude is gonna go down as one of the best to ever do it. Mark my words. Dax’s flow, wordplay, rhyme scheme, production, are all top notch, but it’s his message and ability to match his dope rhymes with insane visuals in his music videos that truly sets him apart from the rest of the world. I could honestly share every one of his vids on here to prove my point, but then this story would turn into a Dax encyclopedia. Hmmm now that i said it that doesn’t sound like a bad idea, another time perhaps. I don’t think I’m alone when i say I can’t wait to see what more new and creative ways Dax chooses to release his amazing sound on the world.
Once signed alongside Hopsin to Funk Volume, Georgia native Jarren Benton is a major force to be reckoned with. I would put him up with the likes of his former label mate in terms of talent and relevance in the hip hop game. Like all of these other artists on this list I can’t honestly say I’ve heard a bad song from him, though lately it seems like he’s come into his own. His southern roots come through, but do not dominate his rare and exceptional style. Benton is a remarkable lyricist and his rhyme schemes and flow are impeccable. Not only a rapper though, Benton also co hosts a very successful podcast, The High School Dropouts which touches on a variety of topics along with hip hop. This dude is definitely a personality you would love to follow. A couple of times I’ve found myself laughing my ass off while listening to his podcast. He just has a presence about him that screams greatness in whatever he chooses to do.
Thanks for reading! These stories are some of the most fun I’ve had in the 10 months since me and my homie started this blog! I swear this may be a 50 part series with all these dope indie/underground artists out there. Part 3 coming soon!
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