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10 Independent Artists You Should Know: September 2022




This is part of a 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.

 

Armani Jordan

Rapper from PG County


One Song Introduction: "Sneak's Couch Freestyle"


One Sentence Pitch: Armani Jordan is one of the most exciting voices in the DMV's underground scene, balancing vulnerable stories with memorable wordplay.


 

Ben Beal

Rapper from New York


One Song Introduction: "Boysenberry"


One Sentence Pitch: Ben Beal makes hilarious online content, but don't let that distract you from his sharp-witted raps over a wide variety of great lo-fi production.

Links: Twitter , Instagram

 

Egg Lemonade

Singer-songwriter


One Song Introduction: "safe in my body"


One Sentence Pitch: Egg Lemonade makes ethereal indie-folk music focused on love of the self and others.


 

D2x

Rapper from Chicago


One Song Introduction: "Adult Swim" ft. Ro Marsalis


One Sentence Pitch: D2x is an up-and-coming artist, but his music is carefully polished with every detail figured out; his debut album The Color Blue speaks for itself and leaves listeners in anticipation of the journey from here.


 

Foggieraw

Rapper from PG County


One Song Introduction: “Drake" ft. Kelow LaTesha


One Sentence Pitch: No one in the world raps quite like Foggieraw, with his witty charisma and unorthodox flows balancing perfectly to make songs that sound years ahead.


 

IsaiahG

Rapper from Chicago


One Song Introduction: “F.W.M."


One Sentence Pitch: IsaiahG's nimble flows and impeccable lyricism makes him stand out in a Chicago scene full to the brim with talent, including his own Outer(NET) collective.


 

Joony

Rapper from Silver Spring


One Song Introduction: “Dork"


One Sentence Pitch: Many people first heard of Joony through his recent breakout appearance on Brent Faiyaz's "FYTB," but his solo catalog contains several great projects and his recent album Pretty In Black is one of the best of the year.


 

Ketu

Singer-songwriter from Nigeria, Texas, & Los Angeles


One Song Introduction: “Sky's Falling"


One Sentence Pitch: Ketu welcomes you into his world through music, sharing personal, poetic writing through warm, comforting vocals.


 

Lil Du Bois

Rapper from Salt Lake City


One Song Introduction: "Excuse Us" with Gios4ma, King $ly, & Savvy Mcfly


One Sentence Pitch: CQCX member Lil Du Bois' verses feel lived in, providing ephemeral vignettes rapped in unconventional pockets.


 

No Montana

Aritst and songwriter from Chicago


One Song Introduction: “Coffee & Cigarettes" ft. Morgan Gold

One Sentence Pitch: No Montana seamlessly weaves between singing and rapping while crafting perfect late night vibes throughout her music.


 

Written by: Tyler Blankinship, @TylerBlankCQCX on Twitter.

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