What's up with hip-hop


Baltimore Hip Hop Council


, an organization formed in 2011 by veterans like


to operate as a conscience of sorts for the local scene, is organizing its second annual Back 2 School donation drive. Bring book-bags, pens, pencils, and other school supplies to the parking lot of the 5 Seasons on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 9


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, a prolific MC with a long list of past releases and cosigns from peers in the Baltimore hip-hop scene, recently survived a heart attack and released his latest album, The Cornerstone, on his label,


. The release is not yet online, but the CD is circulating on the streets of Baltimore.

The 2012 Baltimore Music Awards, which primarily focus on hip-hop, R&B, and club music, will be held on Nov. 10 at Security Square Mall. This year's Hall of Fame inductees are DJ Sean Marshall, the

Wee Rock Crew

, and

Wayne Davis

, and nominees in the male and female rapper categories include

Skarr Akbar



, and


. Voting is open now at

Another experiment in democracy, 92Q's Who's Got Next contest recently announced a winner. Visitors to the radio station's web site picked


's "My City Home," an anthemic track with a screwed-and-chopped hook, as the best of the local tracks submitted for the contest. Cloud9Ace won a prize that includes studio time and resources to record, master, and distribute a single.