On the issue dated December 8, 2007 the single debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 99. It later peaked at number nine, thus becoming a Top 10 hit on the chart. "Independent" is the most successful song for all three artists, and is Lil Phat's only top 40 hit to date.[when?] It was MTV Jamz' first song of the week in 2008.
The music video features Webbie performing in a room with three screens, each of which showcases a classroom filled with young women actively watching a news report covering a presidential press conference on the dire state of the war. As they watch the address, one student begins to visualize herself earning a degree, becoming a doctor, and winning the Nobel Prize. It culminates with the impeachment of the current president and her election as the first female president. After assuming her position, she proclaims her plans towards peace in the Middle East to the class' applause. The video closes with a screen that displays a dedication to Pimp C.