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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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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