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10 Independent Artists You Should Know: March 2022

This is the first of a new monthly series highlighting 10 independent artists each month. Artists are presented in alphabetical order. To be considered for future entries, you can submit your music via the email address provided below.



Singer from Ethiopia and Sudan

One Song Introduction: “Gonna Bleach My Eyebrows”

One Sentence Pitch: With only four songs on major streaming services, Alemeda has already shown she is a star in the making through her versatility, undeniable charisma, relatable songwriting, and viral marketability.

Links: Twitter, Instagram


Curt Summers

Rapper from New Jersey

One Song Introduction: “Hot Now”

One Sentence Pitch: Curt Summers pours his heart into all of his verses, whether being brutally honest about his personal struggles or channeling his emotions into a banger.

Links: Twitter, Instagram



Rapper and singer from Katy, Texas

One Song Introduction: “Candy”

One Sentence Pitch: Dende exudes charisma, sounding equally comfortable singing sultry melodies on his Pregnancy Pack EP, rapping vulnerable verses on his album A Happy Man, or interacting with his dedicated community of fans online and in person.

Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website


Dré Dys

Rapper from Indiana and Mississippi

One Song Introduction: “Roll the Dys” ft. Ry G.

One Sentence Pitch: Dré Dys raps with palpable confidence that he backs up with slick rhymes and an unfaltering delivery as he waits on everyone else to catch up.

Links: Twitter, Instagram


Elijah LeFlore

Singer from Chicago, Illinois

One Song Introduction: “Bittersweet” ft. Ro Marsalis

One Sentence Pitch: Elijah LeFlore draws from a variety of influences spanning genres and decades to create a modern, soulful take on R&B with personal, down to earth songwriting.

Links: Twitter, Instagram


King $ly

Rapper from Chicago, Illinois

One Song Introduction: “Kryptonite” ft. SinApse

One Sentence Pitch: King $ly is best known for his lyrical prowess and incredibly smooth flows as showcased on his conceptual Moon Landing EP and collaborations with fellow CQCX member Gios4ma.