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Best Hip-Hop DJ

DNA

www.wildchilddna.com

Posted 9/20/2006

Baltimore is full of hip-hop DJs who make their bread in the club or on the radio. But with the city's mixtape boom at an all-time high this year, it felt right to recognize one of the two local DJs--DJ Radio is the other--making big moves with for-promotional-use-only street albums instead of two turntables. And after turning out dozens of slick star-studded mixtapes, DNA has finally turned his eye toward documenting Baltimore hip-hop this year, releasing locally minded compilations such as True Crime: Harm City, Vol. 5 and the new Respect, Vol. 1 with scene den mother C-Love, as well as hosting mixtapes by local hip-hoppers such as Comp and Team Green. And in an era when many mixtape DJs are merely stitching together MP3s on a CD burner, DNA recently stepped up to prove he's nice behind the decks, too, spinning a mean old-school set at the Respect release party at Sonar.

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Other Awards for Best Hip-Hop DJ:

DJ Jay Claxton, 9/16/2009

P-Funk, 9/17/2008

Vicious V, 9/19/2007

DJ Spontaneous, 9/21/2005

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