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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

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

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tie: Kemit & Ralph and Louie

Best DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Ree de la Vega

Best DJ BOA Award Winner

Sofa King Evil
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpeningmore...
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder, and as he's continued sharpening his skills, a new generation has taken note. What's more, they've begun following his lead, thus bolstering his legacy as a King among men, and a true asset for ATL nightlife, now and for generations to come. "www.soundcloud.com/sofakingevil". less...

Best perennial soul stirrer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
DJ Kemit
Based on his output over the course of the last year, it would be hard not to recognize DJ Kemit as one of the city's best DJs. He is after all, the musical force behind three of the city's most beloved soul/house nightlife events: Soul Makossa, Kickin' Up Dust (both at the Sound Table), and the mega-funmore...
Based on his output over the course of the last year, it would be hard not to recognize DJ Kemit as one of the city's best DJs. He is after all, the musical force behind three of the city's most beloved soul/house nightlife events: Soul Makossa, Kickin' Up Dust (both at the Sound Table), and the mega-fun Spread Love (595 North). He's also one of the featured spinners - along with Salah Ananse, Kai Alce, and Ramon Rawsoul - at the massive annual House in the Park gathering. And Kemit recently dropped his debut album, Everlasting, which showcases vocals by superstars such as Eric Roberson, Carl McIntosh (of Loose Ends), N'Dambi, and more. So, you see our point about not giving him some shine, right? Yeah, we thought so. www.twitter.com/DJKemit. less...

Best DJ for a drunken sing-along BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Sofa King Evil
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder. Two Saturdays each month,more...
Sofa King Evil's idea of a killer transition: segueing from Lil Wayne's Sir Mix-A-Lot reference in "The Motto" ("Oh my God, Becky/look at her butt") to the original track, "Baby Got Back," itself. His idea of a last-call sing-along: spinning '90s middle-school dance fodder. Two Saturdays each month, he loosens up the MJQ crowd with his sense of humor and shamelessness. And when he cues up "Wannabe" by Spice Girls, even dudes can't resist chiming in. www.soundcloud.com/sofakingevil. less...

Best DJ to lose your cool to BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Martina McFlyy

Best strip club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Strokers Club

Best DJ to free your soul BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
DJ Kemit
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to globalmore...
You already know: Nowadays everybody's a damn DJ. But DJ KEMIT is so much more. A former founding member of early '90s alt/hip-hop group Arrested Development, Kemit's ascent has come by force of nature rather than cult of personality. His musical palette runs the gamut from deep house to hip-hop to global soul, and his breakbeat production work as one-half of KemeticJust is world-renowned. But locals love him for more selfish reasons. In the last year, his Atlanta rotation has grown to include residencies at the Sound Table, Halo, and, of course, his monthly Spread Love dance parties at 595 North, where the ancestral funk he spins is so thick, you'll lose your mind trying to find your soul. www.experiencespreadlove.com less...

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brian Parris

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
DJ Klever

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Klever

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brian Parris

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
DJ Klever
Few DJs work as hard as DJ KLEVER. Some may offer more “exclusive” tracks you can’t hear anywhere else. Others may achieve a smoother-flowing set through tasteful song selection and blends. But Klever actually puts on a show. He cuts, scratches and mashes up pop, rock, R&B,more...

Few DJs work as hard as DJ KLEVER. Some may offer more “exclusive” tracks you can’t hear anywhere else. Others may achieve a smoother-flowing set through tasteful song selection and blends. But Klever actually puts on a show. He cuts, scratches and mashes up pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop and electronic songs into a furious mess. His DJ sets are truly an adventure that can go from cheekily obnoxious to coolly melodic in less than a minute. A former turntable champion who has won awards for his skills, Klever reminds his audience that, at their best, DJs can exhibit as many techniques as a guitarist playing a furious solo.


www.myspace.com/kleverbeats

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Best Local MixTape DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Drama
No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don Cannon were busted by local authorities (in conjunction with the RIAA) in January, DJ Drama’s mixtapes had grown so popular that the best installmentsmore...

No Atlanta mixtape DJ has wielded as much influence as DRAMA, his Aphilliates crew and their Gangsta Grillz brand. Before he and Aphilliates member Don Cannon were busted by local authorities (in conjunction with the RIAA) in January, DJ Drama’s mixtapes had grown so popular that the best installments — particularly his Dedication 2 edition with buzzy rap star Lil Wayne — drew serious critical analysis in newspapers and magazines. Months after the raid, which made national headlines, DJ Drama quietly began pressing up mixtapes again. The difference is his recent mixtapes, such as American Gangsta Part 2: Hood Nigga Diaries featuring Gorilla Zoe, are approved and released in conjunction with the artist’s label, Block Entertainment. Still a player in the game, it’s hard to foresee anyone else having DJ Drama’s unique impact.


www.gangstagrillz.com

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Best Newcomer Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
DJ Drew Van Atten
Having lived his entire life in the ever-increasing bulge that we call Atlanta (we know this ‘cause his mom was once a Loafer), DJ DREW VAN ATTEN knows controlled mess, which could help explain his affinity for dropping scuffed, skuzzy tech- and electro-house. Around these parts, industrialmore...

Having lived his entire life in the ever-increasing bulge that we call Atlanta (we know this ‘cause his mom was once a Loafer), DJ DREW VAN ATTEN knows controlled mess, which could help explain his affinity for dropping scuffed, skuzzy tech- and electro-house. Around these parts, industrial and industrious mutation is a way of life — iconic buildings leap up overnight. Same goes for Van Atten’s turntable trajectory. It’s almost like one minute he’s a fist in the crowd, and next thing, he’s got the crowds in his fist — on all the haute bills opening for the likes of Damian Lazarus, Uffie and other Cleaning Up the Dirty South events. It all adds up to a metallic-meets-melody, bleepin’ good time. Exhibiting a savvy sense of selection, Van Atten is hopefully an ear to stay.
www.myspace.com/drewvanatten.

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Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Brian Parris

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Brandon Sutton
It’s not easy being DJ BRANDON SUTTON’s stalker. Yes, there are plenty of chances to ogle him each week, with his residency at Halo and frequent gigs at Bazzaar. He’s always friendly to well-wishers who pop into his booth to gaze into those dreamy DJ eyes of his. But the problemmore...
It’s not easy being DJ BRANDON SUTTON’s stalker. Yes, there are plenty of chances to ogle him each week, with his residency at Halo and frequent gigs at Bazzaar. He’s always friendly to well-wishers who pop into his booth to gaze into those dreamy DJ eyes of his. But the problem is all the other stalkers getting in the way. Move over, bitches — Brandon is ours! less...

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
DJ Little Jen (Jen Mitchell)

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Little Jen (Jen Mitchell)

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Hazeus

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Hazeus
If you've ever delved into the Atlanta drum 'n' bass scene, HAZEUS you've seen. Or if you've stopped by Little Five Points' Satellite Records, you'll recognize the store's drum 'n' bass buyer as a longtime fixture with refined taste. He's the charismatic selectah with the bulbous dreads, and bass asmore...
If you've ever delved into the Atlanta drum 'n' bass scene, HAZEUS you've seen. Or if you've stopped by Little Five Points' Satellite Records, you'll recognize the store's drum 'n' bass buyer as a longtime fixture with refined taste. He's the charismatic selectah with the bulbous dreads, and bass as deep and stout as his hair. Haze rinses the city's premier intimate venues in an unctuous groove, but he isn't afraid to throw a loop to the massive alongside the popular pulse. less...

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Karl Injex
The idea that the DJ plays a crucial cultural role, acting as a filter of musical chaff in our age of limitless selections has become a tired observation. So what happens now, when the number of DJs has itself reached equally unmanageable proportions? KARL INJEX is a unique presence, not just becausemore...
The idea that the DJ plays a crucial cultural role, acting as a filter of musical chaff in our age of limitless selections has become a tired observation. So what happens now, when the number of DJs has itself reached equally unmanageable proportions? KARL INJEX is a unique presence, not just because his own silky nu_jazz sets kill. A true disc jockey jockey, Injex has been a catalyst in bringing international tastemakers like Jazzanova and Seiji to Atlanta. less...

Best Club DJ BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Jen Tyler

Best Club / Party DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Kemit
Don't let the title throw you. The former Arrested Development member isn't just the guy flipping records at the party. He's a musician. In his hands, a turntable's an instrument and a vast array of hip-hop, soul, jazz and house becomes a seamless kick-ass song. It was good for sweaty, FunkJazzKafe revelersmore...
Don't let the title throw you. The former Arrested Development member isn't just the guy flipping records at the party. He's a musician. In his hands, a turntable's an instrument and a vast array of hip-hop, soul, jazz and house becomes a seamless kick-ass song. It was good for sweaty, FunkJazzKafe revelers and the traveling party's house band the Chronicle. Now solo, Kemit seems to be inspiring all-night dances everywhere, notably Club Kaya where he's a regular. less...
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