Unsigned doesn't mean indie and neither do internet freestyles (no matter how many you drop). As many surprisingly cheered XXL's Big 10 for featuring Killer Mike and slept-on acts like U-N-I, the rest cried foul for omitting Crooked I. Granted, the likes of Skyzoo and Consequence are worthy, they just weren't buzzing enough at the time The Big 10 was published.
Here, XXLMag.com lists honorable Big 10 snubs and why they didn't make the cut.
Ice Cube: The Don Mega has only put out one track recently, but “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It,” and the Nas and Scarface-laced remix, definitely had people talking. Cube, however, makes more noise when his albums are actually out than the lead up to them.
Crooked I (Snubbed On A Technicality): The Left Coast lyricist beasted multiple beats for weeks, but the former Death Row artist’s label was actually distributed by Universal Records. Making him ineligible to be considered an indie artist. Now Crooked I is between distributors and, according to his camp, he’s looking to ink a new deal “very soon.”
Termanology (In Due Time): The half-Puerto Rock lyricist has been laying the foundation for his rise for some time now, starting with his Hood Politics mixtape series. He’s built a following, both online and in the streets, and now folks are just waiting on that album to finally drop.
Kidz In The Hall:This Ivy League duo made noise first by aligning with Rawkus Records and resurrecting the famed New York indie hip-hop label. Then they partnered with Duck Down Records introducing them to a new set of fans. Naledge and Double-O also hit the road opening with Gym Class Heroes. But they're on the downward spin of The In Crowd’s album cycle.