What does it mean to be an independent artist? For some, it simply means an artist who is unsigned or underground. However, for an elite few, it means much more than that. To them, being independent means to take your art into your own hands. Creating, producing, and promoting your own work and being in charge of your own destiny. These people take complete control over their art from idea to fruition. They spend their time working hard to develop everything from scratch, constantly looking to improve and capitalize. And capitalize, these five artist have. They self produce, write, perform, and promote themselves and are doing a spectacular job. They put all of themselves in everything they do, and it shows. They have a drive and motivation that would make Kanye proud and should be watched closely because they are setting the standard.