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Madison Hip Hop Awards

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

In its eighth year, the Urban Community Arts Network's Madison Hip-Hop Awards event continues to serve as an important supplier of legitimacy in a town where hip-hop frequently has been, and continues to be, decried as an entry point or facilitator of violence and hoodlums. Madison's relationship with hip-hop has been both analogous to and a manifestation of its relationship with folks of color, reluctant at the best of times and downright discriminatory at others. Whatever its flaws, the awards program offers a space where artists can be celebrated for their art first and foremost. This year, however, with the establishment of a long sought-after city task force, and actual backlash to discriminatory policies, the local hip-hop community might actually be able to celebrate some progress, rather just persistence in the face of adversity. The Madison Hip-Hop awards are also thorough in their award categories, which honor not just MCs but also sound engineers and b-boys. The finalist pool, this year, as in most years, also skews toward the greater Madison community and away from UW-Madison. This makes sense— the awards show is largely a local event, and is important considering UW artists usually have more resources and natural spotlights available. Further, the performances at this year's event are also a boon for the event. Ted Park will be returning home from New York to perform alongside frequent collaborator DJ Pain 1. Stalwarts and frequent award winners 3rd Dimension will also be there, alongside a solo performance from KiloSkitL'z of the group Bloodline, and an appearance from DJay Mando and Lucien Parker. —Henry Solo

Earlier Event: December 16
Resistance Writers Tour