We all know the mainstream charts don’t represent the amazing quality and diversity of new music being released every day. We all know that record labels, commercial radio stations and music industry institutions are in cahoots to manufacture hits.

So we decided to create our own Top 40 list highlighting new music from strictly underground / independent artists – the illboard – a monthly list of our favorite 40 independently released tracks, curated by DJ Petra and the Hip-Hop & Her Family team. Shouts to Ka for the name “illboard.”

Listen to the first installation below, and check out the tracklist for more info on each artist. And don’t hesitate to hit our inbox with your music submissions (hiphopandherfamily@gmail.com).


1. Chelsea Reject Ft. T’Nah Apex & CJ Fly of Pro Era “Go” [Prod. By Psymun] CMPLX

2. Mac Mall ft. M1 of Dead Prez “Killuminati” Legal Business

3. Protoje ft. Mortimer “Protection” Ancient Future

4. Posey RothschildBleed Out

5. Skipp Coon “Assata Taught Me” Miles Garvey

6. ScribeCash “The New Jim Crow” Insomnia Reloaded

7. Genesis Be “No Cable”

8. Berner & B-Real “Kings” Prohibition Part 2

9. E Reece “Success (Keep On Rising) Beat Ventriloquists Remix” Success (Keep On Rising) Remixes

10. Gstats ft. Ruste Juxx “Kangaroo” [Prod. by Azaia] Syke Ward

11. Lord Finesse “Times Iz Hard” The SP1200 Project: A Re-Awakening

12. Don Toriano ft. San QuinnMake A Change” [Prod. by Crate Logic]

13. Laz “4Real” [Prod. by Christiamentalz] Clap God

14. Neka & Kahlo “Nothing To See Here” Fridays in May

15. Georgia Anne Muldrow “Great Blacks” A Thoughtiverse Unmarred

16. DJ K.O. ft. Wordsworth, Stricklin, Torae “That Knack” Picture This

17. 1978ers (yU & Slimkat) “Far” People of Today

18. Netta Brielle3xKrazy” [Prod. by Traxamillion x P-Lo]

19. Keida “Hot Ash” Ebb & Flow

20. Road Elf “Hardcore” Gyal Time Riddim

21. Ooty OotyOoty Ooo” [Prod. by DeeOnDaBeat]

22. Sasha Go Hard “Vision” Nutty World 2

23. Chip ft. Kano & Wretch 32Feeling Myself

24. Run The Jewels “Early” Run The Jewels 2

25. OctaviousKid OC

26. Genesis Be “Human Centipede”

27. Samson (Black The Ripper) ft. Iron Barz “Winning” Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky

28. Keida “Ganja Tea” Ebb & Flow

29. StormzyKnow Me From

30. Denaun ft. Phonte “Impayshunt” Stuff In My Backpack

31. Neka & Kahlo “Find It Hard To Wait” Fridays in May

32. Sasha Go Hard “I’m A Threat” Nutty World 2

33. Ray GuevaraMonster” [Prod. by Jahlil Beats]

34. Wayne Wonder feat. Surpriz & NinjamanThe Real Bad Boys

35. SkeptaShutdown

36. LucianoSolid Like Rock

37. Red Pill “Ten Year Party” Look What This World Did To Us

38. Theory Hazit “Benjamin Banneker” Fall of the Light Bearer

39. Oddisee “CounterClockwise” The Good Fight

40. Arsiney “Midnight Grey” The Feel Good EP

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