Three Independent Rappers You Need to Know

Hannah Gershowitz

There are hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of small independent artists that you’ve never heard of.

Tons that are just as talented, if not more talented than mainstream musicians. That work just as hard, if not harder. The music marketplace and social media are extremely oversaturated. Unfortunately, you will only discover an extremely small percentage of these artists in your lifetime.

These artists simply lack the resources that signed artists have available through their label. There are so many musicians that, if given these resources, could be just as successful as the big-name musicians out there. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite emerging rappers to hopefully inspire you to dig more into independent music!

Three Independent Rappers You Need to Know

J. London

South Florida

J. London is new to the game but presents veteran quality lyricism and production, and so smoothly. You can hear influences from all over in J. London’s discography. If you are a fan of artists like Earl Sweatshirt and MIKE, “shadows” is guaranteed to be your new favorite song. Heavy lyricism and angry vocals atop a dark eerie beat- do I need to say more? Or if you are a fan of that South Florida, XXXTentacion‘s Members Only rowdy trap sound, check out his deep yet boisterous track “SCHIZ.”

For fans of: Earl Sweatshirt, XXXTentacion, Odd Future


Tampa, Florida

637godwin is blowing up with his catchy hit single “She Wants It” already reaching millions of streams on Spotify. Another one of those artists coming out of nowhere and blowing up in 2020. With obvious influences from some of 2020’s most listened to emo rappers, Juice WRLD and Trippie Redd, 637godwin leads the new generation of emo trap rap. I know 2020 made you at least a little emo so get your fix in with 637godwin.

For fans of: Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, 404vincent


Charlotte, NC

While 704chop takes inspiration from fellow Charlotte native rapper DaBaby, he still manages to create his own completely different style. His most popular track “Loyalty Means Everything” showcases a similar flow to DaBaby’s, but much more laid back and mellow. This is a sound we haven’t quite heard replicated in this way, and 704chop executes it well. Growing up facing hardship after hardship, 704chop had to make his own way out and now dedicates his life to music. He truly proves that authenticity and hard work goes far.

For fans of: DaBaby, Lil Tecca, Lil Bam

I hope this inspires you to dig deeper for music and not just stick with what is popular. There are so many artists working hard and putting out such high-quality music that don’t receive the credit they deserve. Show some support to independent artists. You can do this by listening to their music, following them on social media, sharing or commenting on their posts, sending their music to a friend, even buying merchandise. Any little thing helps and encourages them to keep creating!