Macklemore is an independent artist who once refused a contract from L.A. Reid, who was able to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mac Miller had a chart-topping debut album, Blue Slide Park which was the first independently-distributed debut album by anyone to hit No. 1 since 1995. Mac's still dropping music, his fan base is pretty damn dedicated, and he's still independent. If you're all about independent rappers, check out Mac's debut or his older single, "Donald Trump."
If you think Macklemore is the first independent artist to make charting hits then you should listen to: Mac Miller "Donald Trump"