Best Local Hip-Hop/Rap Artist

Dope KNife

Dope KNife’s already had a helluva year. After releasing his highly-anticipated LP NineteenEightyFour on Sage Francis’s Strange Famous Records in January, Kedrick Mack has been touring relentlessly from coast to coast and gathering rave reviews along the way.

In his “Name Up” video, KNife keeps it classic in black and white with occasional spot color. Members of Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue dance, feed him grapes, and tease with whips between cuts of the rapper performing with a DJ. With its timeless feel, it’s sure to be a favorite for years to come.

Runner-up: Basik Lee