Examiner | The Ohio Hip Hop Awards Invade Columbus

ohha2011 The red carpet has been rolled up, out-of-towners have gone back home and as expected, the bellyaching has commenced. The sixth edition of the oft-criticized OhioHip Hop Awards & Music Conference has come to a close and even though the host city changed from its birthplace of Cleveland to Columbus this year, the weekend’s flagship event, the OHHA ceremony, continues to be vilified by many.

This year, the Ohio-shaped plaques were handed out at the attractive downtown landmark, COSI (Center of Science & Industry). The show was hosted by Columbus’ WCKX on-air personality, City and Cleveland’s Tropikana from WENZ with Cuntry filling in when City had to leave to fulfill other obligations.

In the months leading up to the Awards, there were a series of showcase competitions in various cities around the state. The winners of those competitions were slated to perform at the main show. This included Hennessy JonesF.H.S.P.CuntryDave SpeedA.D.D. andKahsyno, among others. The extravaganza kicked off with a cypher featuring Searius AddDominique Larueand Tiyana Payne. Later in the show, Add would put on another of his patented exhibitions in wordplay by incorporating audience-suggested words into a spoken word piece as he introduced Kim Joyce.

The big winner this year was Cleveland’s Machine Gun Kelly. For a good spell, it seemed like the recent Bad Boy Entertainment signee was making his way to the stage in five minute intervals, if that. When he wasn’t collecting his own awards, he was picking them up in lieu of others or in one case joining his manager on stage,Ashleigh Veverka, who was recognized as Executive of the Year.

However, all was not lost for the capital city with a seemingly ever-growing chip on its shoulder, as several artists and venues were honored over the course of the evening. Skully’s Music Diner was recognized as theBest Live Venue, while Magnolia Thunderpussy andMansion claimed wins in the Best Retail Outlet andBest Nightclub categories respectively. Fly.Union won the award for Best Group and Searius Add claimed victory in the Best Spoken Word category. Copywritegave an unorthodox speech as he accepted his award forLyricist of the Year and J. Rawls was the winner ofAlbum of the Year for his The Hip-Hop Affect.

While the majority of the awards are voted on by the public, the Ohio Hip Hop Awards Committee does give out a few of their own. The aforementioned Executive of the Year is one of them, along with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Daymon Mumford Humanitarian Award. This year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were BHB and Krayzie Bone, while Cy Harp was honored for his continued contributions to the community while using hip-hop as the medium.

Shortly after the presentation of his award, Krayzie Bone was joined on stage by Machine Gun Kelly and Ray Jr. as they performed “Sloppy (Remix)” together for the first time. The energy surrounding the performance was best suited for a grand finale and many of the show’s attendees departed shortly after even though it was technically at an intermission point. The showgoers that stayed were treated to a magic show along with performances from Erica P. and the previously mentioned Hennessy Jones and Best Male Vocalist, Dave Speed.

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