The Rap Sheet

The 8th annual Baltimore Crown Awards will be held on November 1, and voting is currently open on for categories like Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (Male and Female as separate categories), and Producer of the Year. This year also marks the introduction of The Derrick “OOH” Jones Service Award, named after the Brown F.I.S.H. frontman who passed away in June. Anyone can vote, although there is a vetting process: You are asked to identify yourself and explain your choices on your ballot because the website says “voting is only open to a panel of qualified people in the scene.”

East Baltimore rapper Lonnie Moore just released his latest album, “HD Dreams 2,” on his Blak On Blak ENT label. The 24-year-old MC’s impressive LP features production from The Order and Spazz Neely and a few other guest appearances. Moore also recently released a non-LP track, ‘Reallionaire,’ that features Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill.

Skarr Akbar, the prolific rapper who has put out dozens of releases over the past decade, recently released ‘Ike Turner,’ the Beat Urkel-produced lead single from an as-yet-untitled new album.

If you’re pining for the backpacker rap and conscious hip-hop of the late ’90s, there are a few shows coming up in the area that should interest you. Jurassic 5 and Dilated Peoples will bring their current tour together to Pier Six Pavilion on August 1. Lauryn Hill will headline the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 2. DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will scratch and spin at Baltimore Soundstage on September 9. The “Renegades of Rhythm” tour features the two turntable heroes spinning vinyl culled exclusively from hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa’s personal record collection.

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