Best Hip Hop Record (Unsigned/Independent) of 2010
by K Sparks
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Hip-hop is rarely more exciting than when it is speaking truth to power – and when the “power” in question is within rap, that’s when things get really interesting. On his first Booth feature, Jay 50 & Weezy, N.O. upstart Dee-1 grabbed his sling and a few stones to launch some bruising (but constructive) criticism at the genre’s reigning Goliaths. A risky move, to be sure, but the combo of formidable mic skills and a much-needed message made it pay off big-time.