Earlier this week, Seattle reppers (and homies of XXL) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made Billboard history by having their second-ever single—the riotous "Can't Hold Us"—hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, replacing their stronghold atop the charts with previous single "Thrift Shop." While Mack's been in the game for a while, the duo's debut was released late last year, and it's been truly incredible to watch their rapid growth and ascent to the top. And remember: They did this without a major label. If there's ever been a discussion that major labels aren't necessary to an artist's success in a modern market, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are that argument's thesis statement. But, they're not the first independent artists to find impressive success without major-label backing, so here we've compiled a list of other hip-hop acts who were able to achieve great things (in terms of sales, placements and performances) without a major.