As the COVID-19 pandemic shook the entertainment industry, canceling shows and closing venues, artists of all acclaim were left to figure out how to make ends meet during a time of unparalleled uncertainty. When pandemic-related restrictions hit the independent music scene, challenging the creativity of an already stigmatized and misunderstood market, several artists not only proved their longevity but also showed the exceptional value of remaining independent in the ever-changing music business. 

In celebration of Black Music Month and the perseverance of Black people everywhere, here are six indie rappers revolutionizing the independent music scene and other avenues along the way.