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Hip-Hop music has always had an independent spirit. Plenty of prominent, and major, rap labels of the present day started out indie (see: Cash Money, for one example). The truth is plenty of your favorite artist are rocking right now because they didn’t let a corporate label sleeping at the wheel dim their vision.

On this Independence Day, Hip-Hop Wired felt it was only right to salute some of the game greatest indie Hip-Hop labels. Some have unfortunately fallen by the wayside (Def Jux was shuttered) while others continue to thrive (Stones Throw just dropped a dope Quasimoto project).

Check out the greatest independent Hip-Hop labels of old and kind of new in the following pages.

Photo: The Spotted Pig

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