Best YouTube Channel’s for Hip Hop that aren’t WSHH

This article has been updated due to me finding more channels and seeing how many people have read this so far.

New additions to check out: HotNewHipHop, Mass Appeal, 88rising, Hauntxr

1. Elevator – The YouTube channel for the magazine, Elevator Mag. They focus on providing their viewers with the newest music, news and videos from both the underground hip hop and indie music scene.

  1. 5 years and 2 months old
  2. 646,734 subscribers
  3. 321,960,464 views

Interesting note: Unlike most of the YouTube channels out there, they claim to not be a promo channel and therefore do not accept payment for the videos and songs they upload to their channel. To get on their channel you have to submit content to and then wait and see if the curators like it enough to upload it.

Personal note and review: Elevator is by far one of if not the best YouTube channels for underground/indie hip hop that I’ve found. It is also one of the channels that many of the newer artists coming up, start having their videos and songs on, before they blow up. This is the channel me and one of my best friends discovered the Lucki Eck$ Count on Me series two years ago when we were in college. 

I also discovered Rarri and countless others on this page.

What are you going to find here? You are going to find a combination of Alternative Rap, Acid Rap, Trap Rap, Rock influenced Rap, and in general the newer school of rap. The videos are always stylish and interesting even if the artist isn’t. The curators for the channel are great at keeping their theme/style. 

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2. A Zae Production ( – Is drill music your thing? Do you f*x with trap rap like 21 Savage?  Or are you just curious about the chicago and drill music scene in general? Then this is the page for you!

A Zae is one of the videographers/music video creators that is heavily entrenched in the Chicago drill music scene which is by far one of the largest and most prolific scenes currently.  A Zae is constantly called upon to make videos for the countless artists around and outside the city and therefore his channel is filled with 627 videos. He has shot videos for artists such as Montana of 300 and 21 Savage all the way to little known artists such as Peezy Bimmer. 

His page has also been around since 2010 so you can literally see the growth of drill music in his work. 

Channel Stats:

  1. 7 years old
  2. 1,201,814 subscribers
  3. 672,116,175 views

3. Astari ( – This YouTube Channel is for the listeners looking for more experimental underground/indie rap ish. Its like the first channel mentioned, ELEVATOR, but wayyy more woke!lol  

If lil peep, yung lean, IloveMakonnen, $uicideboy$, XXXTENTACION, etc are your thing. Check out this page. 

Channel Stats: 

  1. 2.5 years old
  2. 205,432 subscribers
  3. 56,281,905 views




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