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Best Hip-Hop Bands/Acts in Atlanta.

Best Hip-Hop Artist/Group BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Outkast

Best Hip-Hop Artist/Group BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Young Thug

Best local hip-hop staple BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » After Dark
Playboi Carti
In 2018, Playboi Carti took his signature brand of mumble rap and ran with it, creating the playful sing-rap style that defines his first proper album, Die Lit (Polydor). Carti, born Jordan Carter, possesses a high-pitched, scat-like rap style that sets him apart from his counterparts such as Lil Uzimore...
In 2018, Playboi Carti took his signature brand of mumble rap and ran with it, creating the playful sing-rap style that defines his first proper album, Die Lit (Polydor). Carti, born Jordan Carter, possesses a high-pitched, scat-like rap style that sets him apart from his counterparts such as Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, et al. Carti’s technique is fully on parade in songs such as “Right Now,” “Poke It Out,” and “Choppa Won’t Miss” feat. Yung Thug, creating infectious hooks and one liners like, “I'm on 'em beans for the real, I'm on the lean for real” in “Lean 4 Real” (feat. Skepta). Carti’s style is something to embrace. His energy and songs capture a snapshot of a young Atlantan in his prime. less...

Best Local Hip-Hop Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Black N Mild

Best Local Hip-Hop Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
JID
Take two minutes and 14 seconds out of your busy schedule and watch J.I.D's segment for the 2018 XXL magazine Freshman Cypher and it?s clear that the hype is well deserved. On the heels of releasing 2017's The Never Story via J. Cole's Dreamville Records, rapper J.I.D (born Destin Route), has blazedmore...
Take two minutes and 14 seconds out of your busy schedule and watch J.I.D's segment for the 2018 XXL magazine Freshman Cypher and it?s clear that the hype is well deserved. On the heels of releasing 2017's The Never Story via J. Cole's Dreamville Records, rapper J.I.D (born Destin Route), has blazed a path through Atlanta's underground hip-hop scene, smoking the competition on all fronts. Dude?s brain is blessed with a high-speed processor to rap harder, faster, and more coherently than anyone else who calls the Atlanta metro home. Over the last year he has shared the stage with Mac Miller, Thundercat, and the likes, and his up-coming sophomore album, DiCaprio 2, is building up to be Atlanta?s hip-hop event of the year. less...

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Deaux

www.moredopemusic.com/deaux

photo by: Lindsey Max

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Legit Figurez

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Mighty High Coup

Best hip-hop innovator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Father

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Mighty High Coup

Best new hip-hop superstar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Young Thug

Best visually minded hip-hop artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Raury

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Tom P.
tomp.bandcamp.comhttp://tomp.bandcamp.com/

Best movement in the making BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Two9
If the children are the future, Two9 is a harbinger of hell to pay. And no, that's not a backhanded compliment. Like Los Angeles' Odd Future and Harlem's A$AP Mob, the ragtag Atlanta collective of MCs and producers recalls an era when smoking blunts and bagging stunts was no fun if the homies couldn'tmore...
If the children are the future, Two9 is a harbinger of hell to pay. And no, that's not a backhanded compliment. Like Los Angeles' Odd Future and Harlem's A$AP Mob, the ragtag Atlanta collective of MCs and producers recalls an era when smoking blunts and bagging stunts was no fun if the homies couldn't have none. Ratchet lyrical aspirations aside, this young crew of rowdy upstarts has a mean work ethic that includes an endless stream of new music, in-house video direction, and production, which they've successfully farmed out to big names such as Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, and Kreayshawn. Did we mention they run deep? With a core consisting of Key!, Curtis Williams, Fat Kids Brotha, Retro Su$h!, Wavy Wallace, and Damien Aidoo, Two9's extended list of hometown affiliates (MoneyMakinNique, Papa Jae, the Coolismac, DJ Osh Kosh, Originalfani, Gunner Stahl) make it hard to sleep on the self-made movement espoused on the recent mixtape Two 9 Forever. Five years ago, an otherground rap scene sprouted in Atlanta that largely went unheralded by the industry players-that-be. The emergence of Two9 feels like a second coming of sorts. Just don't expect these kids to be content with asking for what's presumably theirs for the taking. www.two-9.tumblr.com. less...

Best rap reinvention BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
2 Chainz

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Wheeler Boys

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Wheeler Boys

BEST OMG goth rap BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Waka Flocka Flame
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com.more...
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com. less...

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Wheeler Boys

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
OutKast

www.outkast.com


Runners-up: Tie
Collective Efforts
www.cecrew.com
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The Wheeler Boys
www.myspace.com/thewheelerboys

Best local hip-hop act that breaks all the rules BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Hollyweerd
Remember that scene from "Chappelle's Show" when Charlie Murphy recalls the time when the late Rick James came to his brother Eddie's pad and started jumping up and down all over the leather sofa with his muddy platform boots on, yelling "Fuck yo' couch, nigga!" Well, that's HOLLYWEERD to the nth degree.more...
Remember that scene from "Chappelle's Show" when Charlie Murphy recalls the time when the late Rick James came to his brother Eddie's pad and started jumping up and down all over the leather sofa with his muddy platform boots on, yelling "Fuck yo' couch, nigga!" Well, that's HOLLYWEERD to the nth degree. Take the lineup: a self-styled savant who goes by "the Dreamer," two full-time tat artists (Tuki Carter and Chris "the Love Crusader" McAdoo) from City of Ink, and a jazz-sax journeyman who calls himself the mythical Stagolee. That ain't no rap group, it's a band of gypsies. Since materializing out of thin air nearly two years ago, the four-man crew has busily crafted its own unruly narrative. The three mixtapes released in the past 12 months showcase the group's penchant for combining sweet indie-pop incarnations with self-indulgent fantasy funk. It's a nutty mix. Yet somehow they've managed to turn their wild inconsistencies — from constantly evolving musical influences including OutKast and the Doors to hit-or-miss live performances — into the main attraction. Like a traveling freak show, Hollyweerd piques our curiosity. No matter how odd, we can't turn away for fear of missing what might happen next. www.myspace.com/hollyweerd. less...

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

OutKast

Best Live Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Yelawolf

Best hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

Lee Harvey Oswald
LEE HARVEY OSWALD is a ski-mask-wearing, blazer-sporting hip-hop act with two DJs who mix it up on the tables while MCs take turns at the microphone, letting loose funky verses. Top it off with a pair of busty, wriggling lady dancers and you've got yourself one salacious show. The members, the lyrics,more...
LEE HARVEY OSWALD is a ski-mask-wearing, blazer-sporting hip-hop act with two DJs who mix it up on the tables while MCs take turns at the microphone, letting loose funky verses. Top it off with a pair of busty, wriggling lady dancers and you've got yourself one salacious show. The members, the lyrics, the beats - they all deliver a hard, almost tangible punch right in the middle of your chest. Imagine the Beastie Boys, circa 1984, with a little more street cred. Mix old-school energy with turntablism and eye candy, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is where it's at. www.myspace.com/misterleeharvey. less...
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