In honor of July 4th, aka Independence Day for our nation, the XXL staff pulled together 25 of our favorite rapper's lyrics about independence. Some of them are talking about not being held down by a major label, some are talking about the independent ladies of the world and some are just celebrating their own wealth. Either way, all of these lyrics are a reminder to us to be INDEPENDENT this July 4th.


"I-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t. Do you know what that mean? / She got her own house, she got her own car /Two jobs, work hard, you a bad broad."

Ne-Yo - "Miss Independent"

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"She got her own thing / That's why I love her / Miss Independent / Won't you come and spend a little time?"

"Why they tryna be so secretive, Bad and Evil is reunited, hey! / Came back to annihilate, the game's in dire straits." - Eminem on "Above The Law"



"Everybody love me / His texture's automatic money / Independent drug game, dummy."

Crooked I - "Independent"


"We independent, homie / We independent, boy / We indecendent, shawty / We independent, boy / We independent, baby. Them independent boys."

Jae Millz - "BedRock"

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"She ain't got a man, but she's not alone / Miss Independent, yeah, she got her own / Hey gorgeous, um, I mean flawless / Well, that's what you are, how I see it is how I call it."


MGK - "Wild Boy"


"I'm in Mexico getting marijuana from Miguel / Bring it back to the states, put it on a scale / Measure it at half a eight, put 'em in the shell / Split it then I roll it then light it up like it's Independence Day / I got a bottle rocket, I put it in the air."

Hoodie Allen - "No Interruption"

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"They told me make my money frontin' on that weed style / Tell 'em I be too old for it / And I gave my brother my ID / She independent, bet these bitches never find me."

Nicki Minaj - "I'm Legit"


"Lookin' at me like it's my fault / Tryna take sneak pictures with they iPhone / I like independent bitches like July 4th / Now that's what young Harriet died for."

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J. Cole - "All I Want"

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"I hit the club when you left me thinking that could heal / Tryin' to celebrate my Independence Day, Will Smith."

Jarren Benton - "Funk Volume 2013"

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"Shining just like jewelry / Yeah, fuck you haters who ain't with it / And you labels, that's it, homie / We did it independent, bitch."

Mac Miller - "Smile Back"


"Tell them haters - call your army, bring your tanks / I'm a big boy with a big bank / Self-employed, independent, once you start don't take no breaks / Work until I get it, I bet it's gonna take a second."


Earlier this week, it was announced that the always-busy and versatile Diddy had signed on as R&B crooner's new manager. The news came as a bit of a surprise, as Diddy had said to be focused on building his television network Revolt TV, but still it seems like a good move for Jeremih, who's career has slightly stalled after his 50 Cent-featuring hit "Down On Me." While we're wishing the best to J and Diddy, we couldn't help but take a look back at some of Diddy's artists who were once signed to his Bad Boy Records, but went on to fall by the wayside of the music industry. Here we've compiled a list of said artists. Click through to check it out!



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I met him in 1992, at the Jack the Rapper convention in Atlanta. [He was a] cool cat. [He was] real loud. He was drinkin’. I remember him saying—he didn’t say it to me, but I took it when I heard it—you gotta make songs for the chicks. The chicks gon’ buy the albums, and the dudes gotta have the albums to play the chicks when they come over, to keep them cool.


"This a year I won't forget / Sold CD's double platinum, met more execs / Southern niggas, independent label, real killers / Know the business, ran Tennessee for years, now they chillin'"


Ryan Leslie - "5 Minute Freshen Up"


"30 grand for a show, that keep me independent / She into money, she ain't into you. She into spendin'."


For the past six months, Virginia-bred MC Pusha T has been promoting the release of his debut solo LP My Name Is My Name, originally set to be released July 16th. Via interviews, viral videos and just about every media outlet you can imagine, Pusha had his sights on that date, and rap fans fittingly got hyped to watch him finally strike out on his own.

But alas, as is the way with many artists who aren't able to build up a proper buzz with promotional singles—Pusha's Future-featuring "Pain" wasn't exactly radio-friendly and the more recent "Numbers On The Boards" fizzled quickly after its release)—it looks like Pusha's intended release date will come and go without any new music from the coke boy.

Now, since there could be many other factors at play in the delay of Pusha's LP, XXL compiled a list of 10 possible reasons why Pusha won't be putting it out on July 16th.

Sol - "This Shit"


"I love that independent music, fuck yeah / Record companies you can suck my nut sack / See me on the corner, moving music like base / Stuck in the wrong time but at the right place."

Hodgy Beats - "Alone"


"They all scheming, man. All they want is your motherfucking paper, your motherfucking talent, whatever you got. Don't give up your independence, nigga. And your motherfucking mind - that's all you got."