From the desk of Ru Johnson
Rap is a contact sport, no doubt about it. You either get in the game or you’re left to watch from the sidelines. You’ll always be able to distinguish between those who are in the rap game for the flashing lights and those who are in it for true artistry. I suppose there’s a little bit of allure in both the flashing lights and the artistry, but you can’t deny nothing comes without hard work, and rapping isn’t easy.
Moreover, the internet shows that anybody with half a rhyme scheme can churn out something remotely resembling a rap song and hit the jackpot.
Anything can happen.
That’s why it takes being on the ground, hearing the independent artists and other creatives first hand and up close, to determine who really has what it takes. The 5280 Urban Music Awards has long been the litmus test in the Denver music scene. Those who got it get nominated, those who are born with it, win.
There’s a committee of judges (full disclosure, I’m on the committee) who choose based on categories of submissions and the people vote for the winner. The point of this is to celebrate independent artistry and show your movement is as ahead of the game as you say it is. There will be strong opinions either way. On September 22, 2019 at The Gothic Theatre in Denver, you get to see who takes home the glory. Tickets here.
And now, the nominees for the 5280 Urban Music Awards are…..
Big Deneez Feat Drettie- REAL OG
Ave Grim Feat. Hyphe ThaGod – War 4 You
Mac Jay Feat. T-Rell – Good to Me
Lil Bad Feat. Trev Rich – NO LOVE
BMG Show Feat. Danae Simone +AP- From Nothing
100 Pack Savvy
Tana 10 Birdz
Trev Rich – Trap Gospel
Mandy Groves – Phases
DNA Picasso – For the Record
A Meazy- Shuttlesworth
Mic T- For Players Only
Dat Dude looney
Mackadoe – Echos
Flawless Money – Change on Me
DNA Picasso, TheyCallHimAP – New Drip
Trev Rich – Walk on Water
A Meazy – Mind Yourz
TheyCallHimAP – First Place
Hunnidrack6 – Go Krazy
A Meazy – Mind Yourz
King Tae ftv – Billie Jean Sause
Caleali – D.O.T.
Esi Juey – Projects
Ave Grim – War 4 You
Plays (Ray Reed ft. TheyCallHimAP)
Big Bank (Doobie Newton)
Ha Ha Ha (Trev Rich
Dope Man (Lil Bad)
Blow (Mandy Groves)
Blue Faces (L Keys)
Click here to vote for your faves.
September 22, 2019 at the Gothic Theatre the winners will be announced and you won’t want to miss the performances, the speeches and of course, the fireworks. Tickets are available here.