Independents Day…

While American troops grind their asses of in the desert half a world away I thought I’d take a minute to salute some of the record labels and musicians that they are dying for in order to protect their right to practice their art in a democracy (relatively speaking, of course).

The soldiers aren’t just defending the freedoms that are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights and described in the First Amendment. Shit like the ability to say bitch, nigger, ho and TPAR is a cocksucker are intrinsic American rights, and these soldiers hard work means that obscure music labels can continue to release music that most of us will never hear, or for that matter even care to.

Rhymesayers Entertainment – This label is responsible for artists and groups like Eyedea, Atmosphere, Psalm One, Micranots and Vitamin D. MF Doom’s album ‘MM Food’ was also released by this label. Their most recognizable (read: marketable) artist is a dude named Brother Ali. I met dude this past winter while I was Utah and I was surprised by his flow and stage presence. Homey can actually spit but y’all will never know if you leave it up to XXL (no subliminal disrespect to Eskay or E Dubbz). It’s just hard to get excited for rap niggas eating granola and talking that hippie shit about freeing your mind.

Uncle Howie Records – Most of you humps know bout Non Phixion and Immortal Technique, but how about Goretex, Mr. Hyde and Necro? Shouts to all the rap nerds that have the album ‘Sabacolypse’ on cassette. As long as you dinosaurs roam the Earth Hip-Hop will never die.

Screwed Up Records – Now before any of you jokers accuse me of “hating” on the south again I just want to say that Screwed Up Records has the illest lineup of artists if you just consider their names alone. Everybody already knows Z-Ro and Trae Bag, but how about all these other fools? Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Big Pokey, Big Jut, Big Moe, Botany Boyz, Lil’ Keke, Lil’ Head, and my GOAT favorite rapper name, Lil’ 3rd. If you have any joints with Lil’ 3rd on them I suggest you keep them because they will be worth wild money in the future.

Peanuts & Corn Records – Shouts to Tara Henley who avoided me at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival as though I were a stalker (am not!). This label is the premier Hip-Hop imprint in Canada which might as well be the equivalent of Serbia as far as most rap fans are concerned. The label’s founder is a rapper named mcenroe and dude is hell’a prolific. As a matter of fact he has the work ethic of one of those slaves that ran non-stop all the way to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

Dame Dash Music Group – Nahh, never heard of ‘em.

There you have it party people. Just a few of the independent rap music labels doing their thing in 2007 to keep this Hip-Hop culture vibrant and viable. Almost makes me want to start a label my damn self. Speaking of starting my own label…

cRap Music Fantasy League for Q3 is underway at DP Dot Com.

  • The Dynasty

    First

  • Mikk

    Billy Sunday: What are your qualifications? Just wondering because I’ve tried to read a couple of your columns and shit, I just can’t do it. All you do is rip off Bol’s catch phrases and I am sure I’m not alone when I say no one really gives a shit about anything you write. Your writing is piss poor and extremely uninteresting and I would greatly appreciate it if you please stop writing this column. Thanks.

  • Purple Hulk

    YOU HAVE BEEF WITH Z-RO OR TRAE?
    HOW THE FUCK DO YOU NOT KNOW WHO FAT PAT OR THE BOTANY BOYZ ARE? THEYRE TEXAS LEGENDS, DUMBASS

  • Purple Hulk

    ALSO THE LABEL OF “SCREWED UP RECORDS” DOESNT EVEN EXIST ANYMORE, DUMBASS
    READ BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH

  • Taliban

    I got to say that Rhymesayers has a great lineup.

  • Purple Hulk

    AND FYI, LIL 3RD CAN WRECK
    WOULDNT EXPECT YOUR IGNORANT ASS TO KNOW ABOUT THAT REAL HIP HOP THOUGH

  • Lazy

    “Now before any of you jokers accuse me of “hating” on the south again I just want to say that Screwed Up Records has the illest lineup of artists if you just consider their names alone.”

    I believe Billy just admitted that Texas is part of the South.

  • Thingalec

    Purple Hulk Says:

    July 4th, 2007 at 2:44 pm
    AND FYI, LIL 3RD CAN WRECK
    WOULDNT EXPECT YOUR IGNORANT ASS TO KNOW ABOUT THAT REAL HIP HOP THOUGH
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Now, thats what i call an ignorant coon monkey!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Lazy says, “I believe Billy just admitted that Texas is part of the South.”

    Actually, it’s more like, when in Rome, wear a name buckle that says “nullus”.

  • Da Answer

    where the hell are ILL Bill, Necro and Uncle Howie records? I know Non Phixon disbanded because of Goretex but they haven’t put anything out in a minute

  • Boner Jams 03

    i gotta agree…lil 3rd is on of the best names in rap history…he been my nigga since that t.i. gangsta grillz…u know the one that ended flip’s career…

    ” i’m gone let u speak to my nigga lil 3rd…he a real nigga..i know he thorough” (c) Scarface on the phone with T.I.

  • Boner Jams 03

    Well since we on the top…let me throw out my all time names list in rap right now:

    Guilty Simpson- Detroit hip hop at its finest

    Wiz Khalifa- Young’n out of Pittsburgh…lil homey can spit…only 17

    Corey Gunz- I know he’s Peter Gunz’ son, but how much more gully does his name sound than his dad’s?

    Joey Jihad- even though he got knocked out and carjacked for the world to see on youtube

    Uncle Murda- gotta love the sheer nigga-dacity of this rap moniker

    Edgar Allen Floe- Justus League heads know

    thats it for now..stay tuned for my all time worst names in rap list coming soon

  • Thingalec

    SOUTHERN SMELLY MONKEY WANNA BE RAPPERS SHOULD QUIT AND LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONAL NEW YORKER RAPPERS, REAL TALK\WORD UP, SON
    FUCK JEEZY, I MET HIM AND HE SMELT LIKE COW SHIT
    AYYO

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ Mikk you stay losing. Harris Publ. just mailed me my digit. I’m here all summer bitch.

  • Purple Hulk

    #
    Thingalec Says:

    July 4th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    SOUTHERN SMELLY MONKEY WANNA BE RAPPERS SHOULD QUIT AND LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONAL NEW YORKER RAPPERS, REAL TALK\WORD UP, SON
    FUCK JEEZY, I MET HIM AND HE SMELT LIKE COW SHIT
    AYYO

    SHOULD LITTLE BROTHER QUIT? OR DEAD PREZ?

  • http://www.myspace.com/micsean Mic Sean

    Still watching that fucked up Necro VHS with his uncle shooting smack. Yeah I got a fucking VCR…specifically for watching that shit!

    Mic Sean

  • Hannah Smith

    “Uncle Howie Records – Most of you humps know bout Non Phixion and Immortal Technique, but how about Goretex, Mr. Hyde and Necro”

    Um, neither of those last three have put anything out on Uncle Howie Records for possibly close to a decade.

    Good facts, hardbody boy!

  • LOL

    bring back Tara.

  • N.O. 4 life

    ……..soooo…..your point was……

  • VLsteve

    MINNEAPOLIS stand up!!

  • shady80′zbaby

    THIZZ ENT. takin ova kuzz thizz iz wat it iz n the whole hyphy movement kummin too thizz iz everywher watch out northern kali kummin up

  • http://www.hoodgrownrecords.com/myhood Hoodgrown Records

    “The soldiers aren’t just defending the freedoms that are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights and described in the First Amendment. Shit like the ability to say bitch, nigger, ho and TPAR is a cocksucker are intrinsic American rights, and these soldiers hard work means that obscure music labels can continue to release music that most of us will never hear, or for that matter even care to.”

    Ahh man.. that’s just too damn funny!!! LMAO!!!

  • John Brown

    Best record label name is SLIP-n-SLIDE…

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cleanguns2 Zilla Rocca

    What about Def Jux (Aesop Rock, EL-P), Stones Throw (Dilla, Guilty Simpson, Madlib) and Nature Sounds (Pete Rock, Masta Killa, DJ Babu)?

    Good lookin’ anyway, Sunday. XXL treats the indie world like bat boys in the big leagues.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Bro you mention canada but not battle axe records? Come on bro. Swollen wins canadian grammys like they were fuckin banner ads on the internets.

    And no Baby Grande? Come on bruh.

    Tara avoids everyone, it must be all the psycho commenters asking for pics and pussy all the time, lmfao.

    1 hunned.

  • http://www.guess.com GUES WHAT?!?!?!

    She avoided you because of your busted grill faced lard ass!!!!

    FAT BWOYYY!!!!

    And those labels are LAME!

  • these posts are racist

    Billy Sunday, and you are a fake intellectual.

  • around and around

    Billy how the fuck are the soilder’s defending our freedom right now? Where the Iraqis going to jump on the navy ships come here and take away my right to call you a dumb ass pawn??? Are the soilders defending us from wire tapping on our lines, or our Democracy (Relaively Speaking of course)

    You’re a pawn.

    And I’d say TPAR gets under both you and bol’s bitch asses, that’s why you’re always shouting him out in your ‘opinion articles’ Calling this whack ass joint a column is a joke.

  • b-ease

    Billy how the fuck are the soilder’s defending our freedom right now? Where the Iraqis going to jump on the navy ships come here and take away my right to call you a dumb ass pawn??? Are the soilders defending us from wire tapping on our lines, or our Democracy (Relaively Speaking of course)

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    He didnt say that they were defending our freedoms, just grinding.

    He said the independent labels were defending freedoms like free speech, etc.

    The column still sucks tho…

  • Dread

    How come no one on XXL has EVER made a post about Big Lurch..tell that motherfuckers story man.

  • Dread

    Yo I dont know if my previous post had landed on here or not..but why has NO ONE ever mentioned Big LUrch’s shit on here..All in its gory detail on XXL

  • http://A GUESS WHAT!?!?!?!

    Dread Says:

    July 5th, 2007 at 1:20 pm
    How come no one on XXL has EVER made a post about Big Lurch..tell that motherfuckers story man.
    ^^
    We already know, duke worked for the Adams family and all that. Duh!

    Billy you are my favorite writer, and I am balls out ghey! Whatap!?!?

  • Dread

    FUCK NO..Look Big Lurch up on wikipedia man..Hes a rapper..had some come uppage back in the day

  • Danny

    “The soldiers aren’t just defending the freedoms that are guaranteed under the Bill of Rights and described in the First Amendment. Shit like the ability to say bitch, nigger, ho and TPAR is a cocksucker are intrinsic American rights”

    ^^^
    Lmao…

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