Well folks, once again it's that time of year...yes you guessed it...The Annual End Of The Year Davey D Urban Guerilla Street Beat Awards.For those who aren't familiar, this is the time that go back over the past year and award those who deserve one of hip hop's most coveted awards.
This year we did something different. We ventured into the realms of cyberspace and solicited responses from all over the world. A few hundred of you cheerfully responded and thus your input was added into the mix.
THE ARTIST WHO COMPLETELY WRECKED SHOP IN 95 AWARD:
NOTORIOUS BIG...This was definitely 'Big Poppa's Year. No doubt...With capitvating songs like "Big Poppa" and "One More Chance" for the masses and tracks like "Warning" and "Who Shot Ya"..for the underground, how could you go wrong. With his killer lp "Ready To Die", this man just about took the crown for hip hop in '95. However, because Biggie decided to out do himself, he wound up being on everybody else's record. He was surrounded by criminals on Junior Mafia's "Players Anthem" and he wanted 'chicken heads' on Total's "Can't You See". Everywhere you went there was Biggie Smallz. Heck I went to the bathroom and there he was in the medicine cabinet. It is for this reason.. Notorious BIG walks off with another title..
THE ENOUGH ALREADY...WE HAD ENOUGH AWARD.
THE BAY AREA ARTIST WHO COMPLETELY WRECKED SHOP IN '95 AWARD:
If you live in the Bay Area there's no way you could deny Vallejo's E-40 his props... and while Notorious BIG ruled in many places.. Here in the Bay Area he took a back seat to 40 Watter...Heck there was even a dance named after E-40. A charismatic individual with much game on the business side...he came into '95 riding high off his 94 smash hit Captain Save 'Em Tho..His follow up songs One Luv and Sprinkle Me succesfully put 40 over the top...so much so that his lp In A Major Way reached platinum status. Since we're speaking on E-40 we might as well give him his other awards.
He gets the I GOT TOO MANY FRIENDS AWARD: Folks who attempted to go to his album release party earlier this year know exactly what I mean.. Heck when the vice president of your label can't get in then you know the party is jumping. 40 also gets THE SPRINKLE ME AWARD:.. This is to acknowledge that 40 and his family the Click not only spread a lot of love to their fellow Bay Area rappers, but they also imparted a lot of crucial information so folks around could get their own independent record operations up and running.
Finally he gets THE I COULD'VE BEEN A BALL PLAYER AWARD: That was due in part to him almost knocking a softball out of a major league park [Oakland Coliseum] during a celebrity exhibition commemorating 75th anniversary of the Negro Legues.
DOPEST SONG FOR '95
Method Man & Mary J Blige.. "All I Need".. It was the ultimate hip hop remake of an old soul classic. Honorary mentions goes to the Luniz "I Got 5 On It", AZ "Sugar Hill", Junior Mafia 'Player's Anthem" and Kausion's "What You Wanna Do"
DOPEST LP FOR '95
Raekwon's "Only Built For Cuban Linx".. this double album was definitely phat.... and perhaps the best from the Wu camp.. Honorary mentions..KRS-One's "KRS-ONE", Pharcyde's "Labcabincalifornia", Guru's "Jazzmatazz Volume 2", D&D Project's "D&D Project" and Notorious BIG "Ready To Die"
DOPEST FEMALE RAPPER AWARD:
BAHAMADIA.... honorary mentions, LAUREN of The Fugees, SUGA T of The Click and LITTLE KIM of Juniour Mafia.
YO! PEOPLE SLEPT ON THIS SONG AWARD:
Society Of Soul "Pushin" [LaFace] .. This Atlanta based group who are part of the Goodie Mobb/Outkast family had a southern fried slow down funky flava jam that was overlooked by a lot of headz. For many Society Of Soul came in the same package as the Goodie Mobb's Cell Therapy..and while it's great that folks step to the GM, they might wanna heed the group's advice and not sleep on their brethren.
Other jams folks slept on include, Kali Ranks "Kill Dem All", 2Pac's "My Block", Kool G Rap's "For The Brothaz", Doug E Fresh,'s "Original Old School" COZ's "In My Neighborhood" and Mad CJ Mac "Come Take A Ride".
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:
This one is a three way tie between the GOODIE MOBBwho came on strong at the end of the year with their Soul Food album and D'ANGELO who's Brown Sugar joint still has folks spinning...and of course THE LUNIZ who definitely came with it in '95.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THEY FELL OFF...THEY CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD AND MADE SOME NOISE AWARD:
CYPRESS HILL "Temple Of Boom". Honorary mentions.. KOOL G RAP "4,5,6 Cello" and LLCOOLJ "Mr Smith"
I KNOW THEY DID AN ALBUM BUT WHY AIN'T NO ONE TALKING ABOUT IT AWARD:
ONYX "All We Got Iz Us" Honorary mentions GRAND PUBA and SPECIAL ED
THE PLEASE DON'T YOU RAP NO MORE AWARD..[WACKEST RAPPER]:
A three way tie between SKEE-LO, BONES THUGS & HARMONY and DOVE SHACK.
Finally when asked WHAT HIP HOP CAN DO WITHOUT IN 96?
The top three answers were as follows:
- 1-No More East Vs West Coast disses
- 2-No More guns and gats in rap songs
- 3-No More G-Funk...and other gimmicks
When asked WHAT DOES HIP HOP NEED MORE OF '96?
The top three answers were as follows:
- 1-Better Production
- 2-More messages in the music
- 3-More unity.
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