2012 Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards winners & some suggestions for next year

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop

Questionable Categories 

TC Best Hustler 
Okay, the best hustler sounds like a good thing to award especially in these times when record companies have stopped signing big label rap acts and guaranteed big advances. How come that out of the ten artists nominated, I've only heard of three people that are up for this award? I don't live under a rock; I'm out and about and been in this scene for years. I even work in a few record stores, and have never seen your CD pass my fingers. So what kind of hustle do you have if I have never heard your name? Let's cut this to five nominees, or however many known quantities we can find in a given year.

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Big Wiz (MPLS Mayor of 2012) talks fiscal policies with Yelawolf.
The MPLS Mayor and STP Mayor 
Do R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman have something to worry about? If it's rewarding the person who represents their city the most, then that's cool, but how do you qualify for that? The MC who rocks the most Laker throwback gear or Saints apparel, or name-drops the most neighborhoods on records? How does someone get nominated one year and then not have an incumbent position on the ballot? If Big Wiz has real solutions to solve the Viking stadium debate while keeping property taxes low, and if I.l.l.i.c.i.t can solve the University Avenue light rail issue, and stop the retail blight that is haunting downtown St. Paul then this award could be a game changer. Otherwise, scrap it.

TC Best Kept Secret, TC Next Up and TC Most Slept On 
At first glance, you would think that these are all pretty much the same category, and really they are. Best Kept Secret and Most Slept On are exactly the same. Throw up another live act instead of printing awards for the same subject matter. For artists who have been on the scene for years, being listed on "most slept on" almost could be seen as a slap in the face. There must be a logical reason why they are being "slept on," and I couldn't see a proud MC accepting this award. The Next Up award is a cool category, unless you nominate a tired 30-year-old rapper who has a kid to support -- and maybe a wife. Let's set an age limit like American Idol used to do.

Questionable Winners 

TC Best DJ 
Do they mean best club DJ? Best radio DJ? Best mix DJ? All of the above? This nominee list is impressive and stacked with legendary DJs, but the one I never heard of wins. DJ Enferno. Who? Not only is the name unoriginal (good bet there is an Enferno in every city with a turntable), but the REAL DJ Enferno has a 2003 DMC Champ title and is Madonna's touring DJ. Our local DJ Enferno doesn't even appear in the first five pages of a Google search. And what makes this flaming Enferno stand out above fellow nominees like Plain Ole Bill and DJ Fundo, who have weekly nights and successful parties every month like Get Cryphy? Dan Speak and Dell Dilla have been around for years, and get better with age -- like a fine wine or George Clooney. But I never heard or seen an Enferno in the clubs, on tour, or on the radio. Maybe he should take a lesson from the "Best Hustler" award winner. 

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SICK likes the color blue.
TC Best Hustler 
Speaking of, this award was given to SICK, who I have never heard of in my life. I remember SICK used to be a common graffiti tag I would see all around town, but I doubt that kid picked up a mic. After further internet review, this guy actually has a decent story. The North Minneapolis native landed in jail. Following his release, he has a new attitude on life and started up Still Real Records.

His tracks are catchy and club-ish, but his cover art is a Photoshop nightmare that would make even Master P angry. SICK's hustle is so real that he's already fled town and moved back to Arizona. So at least this guy is going state-to-state with his craft -- unlike a lot of local artists who never been west of Ridgedale Mall. Upon further review, SICK deserves this award. He's trying to make it and is given it an honest try. Good luck in AZ, but I don't think Cardinals fans will be happy you made a track called "Purple and Yellow."

The TC Legends Award 
This award is basically a lifetime achievement award for the local hip-hop scene. Past winners include the Abstract Pack, Micranots, Q the Blacksmith, Michael "Eyedea" Larsen, Travitron and R.L. from Next. But maybe they should also give this award to themselves. The first year of the TCHHA was a running joke amongst most artists and DJs in town. It became known as the MySpace Awards in many circles because anyone could vote for nominees as many times as they wanted, if they just refreshed the page. It was pretty bad. I'm sure some ballet stuffing went on, and heads just rolled their eyes.

But it has kept progressing for six years, and the shows have been better organized, hit bigger venues, and the local press started to notice even before the right hooks to a security guy's head made YouTube. If the people behind the TCHHA can pull off a seventh year and keep it clean, maybe they should be handing themselves the golden envelope. After the last two years, it would really be a lifetime achievement.


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I.L.I.C.I.T.
I.L.I.C.I.T.

how yall gonna spell I.L.I.C.I.T. wrong? ...smdh 

Think
Think

I think djs and rappers that get pissy over some cheap award need to look in the mirror and maybe realize why they are not making it nationally. Just look at this comment section, it says it all.

guest
guest

so, to summize, if LARS LARSON hasn't heard of you, how can you deserve to win a TC HIP HOP award?  he knows fundo AAAND plain ole bill.  watch out.  

gimme noise is killin these hip hop articles lately!  .............  

Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle

I think this is right on. Learn how to read, he's not dissing Wiz and Illicit, hes talking about the category. I don't know who Enferno is either but everyone is a DJ these days so whatever. Hey look @ it like this at least City Pages is talking about it. Not like years ago.

g a b r i e l l e !
g a b r i e l l e !

My My, Lars Larson this here is ludicrous.  I find it interesting that your name is Lars Larson (not too original, eh? speak to your mother about that one) and you've written such a bias, prejudice, and not too add fuel to the fire probably racist article (that's a direct relation to Lars Larson that made the ignorant comment about Obama's supporters- just in case you did not know). 

You should probably do your research before you write such an unimpressive article. You also should not put down things that you do not know much about, very ignorant of you.  You seem to have an issue with Hip Hop and the culture itself. It is very evident that you have animosity towards the TCHAA as well as the nominees.

Furthermore, DJ Enferno.  Now reading your article this has to be the most uneducated opinion I've ever seen from a blonde.  Honestly, where have you been.  The man has DJ'd in multiple cities, at the BET awards, is a MONSTER cable DJ, gives back to his city, DJ's in the club almost 5 nights a week, and is known by everyone in the city.  Enferno and what  he does speaks for himself therefore there I won't even speak more on that, but just to SHUT you up here you go.... http://www.monsterdj.com/djart....

ALSO to set the record straight, I Google'd you (to check if you were relevant) and you know what?? you were nowhere in the first 5 pages on Google (I stopped there) so CLEARLY you are NOT.  But I'd just recommend that you do not go barking up the wrong tree disrespecting these artists, djs, organization, and nominees, your repercussions will be something you are NOT prepared for. 

Blair smith
Blair smith

Whos has not heard of enferno? and lars has been a idiot since du nation who gave him this job? I agree pepole need too stop the violence, but dissing illicit and big wiz as mayor give me a break! Mayor doesent mean litteral mayor u num nuts its who hold down there city and both wiz and illicit deserve it!

Ryan
Ryan

Your facts are wrong. There wasn't a fight last year. It was 3 award shows ago counting this years.

Chazin Entertainment
Chazin Entertainment

Dj enferno is the biggest club dj in minnesota. His crew atg throws allot of shows

mnstandup
mnstandup

i remember all the cats on dunation having a field day when this shit started, and as far as im concerned the shit is still a joke.

Depth_yo
Depth_yo

There actually wasn't a fight last year, that was 2 yrs ago

Hey now, that's not very nice!
Hey now, that's not very nice!

People actually take this shit seriously? Look at the names, what a bunch of clowns. This is where we're at as a society, huh? Depressing.

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

Blowin it up, son!!!!! ...or whatever you idiots say these days.

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

I also take a 'Big Wizz' on all of this. Spot on, bro.

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

DJ Enero? I'm more partial to DJ Tanner of 'Full House' fame.

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

Excuse computer rebooting, please wait..........

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

Tru dat homeboyeeeee!! Let's go listen to some Master P now. Or is that not cool anymore? Hip hop headz keep changing what's cool on me!

Ryan
Ryan

Smh @ u.. We do take Hip-Hop seriously. The only thing we don't is ppl like u..

Drama G 82
Drama G 82

Go DJ that's my DJ! ! That's wats up I might get one next!

Hi, pals!!!
Hi, pals!!!

Who's "we"? Got a turd in your pocket? heheheh

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