Best Hip-Hop Album

It took Openmic three years to drop the follow-up to For the Rebels, his 2011 debut, but it’s fair to say that it was worth the wait. The production on FTR2 is some of the best from any local record this year, but what really brings it home is Openmic’s grand vision. With this release, ’Mic progresses as an MC while pushing himself to new boundaries as a hip-hop artist. It’s a cohesive and ambitious project, one that’s raised the local and national profile of the budding MC. And in our post-“Isaiah Rashad signs to TDE” local rap scene, it’s not unlikely that majors will soon come courting if Openmic keeps it up.

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