These songs from YBN Nahmir, Tay-K and Lil Skies are defining indie success.
At this time last year, SoundCloud‘s Top 50 was filled with newly discovered gems from some of the rap game’s top prospects. Fast-forward twelve months, and record labels have scooped up nearly every artist on the current list.
This comes as no surprise, as the SoundCloud market is booming and setting trends at a record speed; and if there’s money to be made, you can expect labels to get involved.
46 of the current Top 50 songs on SoundCloud were initially released by a record label; a statistic that isn’t meant to diminish, but rather shine a light on the rare cases of independent success.
Tay-K, YBN Nahmir and Lil Skies are the only three artists on the chart to achieve such success without funds or support from a team of professionals.
Take a minute to recognize this sparse occurrence, and press play below to hear the four indie tracks that are currently killing it on SoundCloud.