What's up with hip-hop

The Baltimore Hip Hop Council, an organization formed in 2011 by veterans like Ogun 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 P.M. For more information, contact thebaltimorehiphopcouncil@gmail.com.

Vision, 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, BMWB. 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, K-Mack, and Si-Notes. Voting is open now at baltimoremusicawards.com.

Another experiment in democracy, 92Q's Who's Got Next contest recently announced a winner. Visitors to the radio station's web site picked Cloud9Ace'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.

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