After celebrating yet another fantastic year of high quality hip hop, the Raw Side Hip Hop Awards for 2022 are in! We have devoured over 530 projects in the past twelve months, written countless reviews, share an abundance of bangers and delivered our dope ass dozens – 12 nominees for 12 categories. But, as they say, there can only be one winner, and now the time has come to crown the top ranked in each category. It’s not something we take lightly – we have a loyal and supportive following and we aim to rep the realest hip hop we can find and give the underground an outlet for their craft. However, we don’t really separate the bigger players from the indies, because these cats DESERVE their names to be next to the Conway’s, the Benny’s, the Nas’ etc. The indie / underground rap culture is as good as any music being made in the world – and you can take my word for it, or you can go peep my spreadsheet and listen to the 530+ projects and let me know what you think….
So, let’s get down to business. The 2022 Raw Side Hip Hop Award Winners are:
Best Hip Hop Video: White Girl Wasted – Barz Simpson (feat. MF DOOM & Jay Electronica)
Best Album Art: Reckonize Real – Subterranean Obscura
Best Collaboration: Black Thought & Danger Mouse – Cheat Codes
Best Duo or Group: Onyx
DJ of the Year: Tone Spliff
Producer of the Year: Stu Bangas
Beat of the Year: Futurewave – PTSD
Verse of the Year: Benny the Butcher – 10 More Commandments (Verse 1)
Song of the Year: RJ Payne – Cheat Code feat. Ras Kass & Grafh (prod. Apollo Brown)
Lyricist of the Year: Black Thought
Artis of the Year: Planet Asia
Album of the Year: The Bad Seed – Four Finger Ring
Congratulations to all those who took out the awards, congratulations to all those who were nominated and a big shout out to ALL the artists and hip hop heads who ensure this culture continues to thrive year after year. As always, we will keep our ear to the streets and continue to represent the real hip hop by bringing you the FIRE on the regular. Peace.