Sunday, 11 December 2011

The Urbanite End of Year Awards

As the streets get colder, the coca-cola christmas adverts start playing and your general attitude to work wanes, it can only mean one thing: the end of the year is nigh and it's time for the The Urbanite End of Year Music Awards.

2011 has in many ways been a sick year of music.  Who would have thought that after Tinie Tempah blasted through the charts in 2010 without looking back, others would follow suit and firmly plant the UK "urban" scene on the map?  Wretch 32 released a mainstream but credible first album, scoring a few number one hits on the way, and the likes of Professor Green and Example played out to sold-out arenas up and down the country.  We even got our own, credible urban TV drama featuring the UK's finest and, whilst it is no The Wire, most of us know that Top Boy Season Two is going to be big.

Across the pond, we benefited from the emergence of some exciting new R&B sounds that transcended genres and hooked both indie fans and ballad lovers into tales of heartbreaking and drug taking (see Frank Ocean and The Weeknd). Two of raps greatest living legends made us "watch the throne" when they came together to release an album of epic proportions and, along with MMG, YMCB had another big year and proved that the days of the rap collective are not dead (also see OFWGKTA and Slaughterhouse).

So it is only fair that those who have entertained get praised - and what better praise than an Urbanite end of year award?

Read on for this year's nominations:

The Urbanite Hip Hop Album of the Year

Watch the Throne (Jay Z + Kanye West)

Cole World: The Sideline Story (J.Cole)

The R.E.D Album (The Game)

Take Care (Drake)

Ambition (Wale)

Slaughterhouse (Slaughterhouse)

Goblin (Tyler the Creator)

Finally Famous (Big Sean)

Hell: The Sequel (Bad Meets Evil)

The Urbanite R&B Album of the Year

F.A.M.E (Chris Brown)

Talk That Talk (Rihanna)

21 (Adele)

4 (Beyonce)

My Life II: The Journey Continues (Mary J Blige)

King of Hearts (Lloyd)

Who You Are (Jessie J)

The Urbanite Hip Hop Mixtape of the Year

Cabin Fever (Wiz Khalifah)

Self Made Vol.1 (Maybach Music Group)

Foreign Object (Tinie Tempah)

Take Your Hats Off (Giggs)

Fear of God (Pusha T)

1.21 Gigawatts: Back for the First Time (Ludacris)

Community Payback (Skepta)

We the Best Forever (DJ Khaled)

The Urbanite R&B Mixtape of the Year

1977 (The Dream)

No.5 The Collaborations (Ed Sheeran)

House of Balloons (The Weeknd)

Thursday (The Weeknd)

Nostalgia Ultra (Frank Ocean)

Boy in Detention (Chris Brown)

Anticipation II (Trey Songz)

Echoes of Silence (The Weeknd)

The Urbanite UK Album of the Year

Playing in the Shadows (Example)

At Your Inconvenience (Professor Green)

Black and White (Wretch 32)

No More Idols (Chase and Status)

Transition (Chipmunk)

Doin It Again (Skepta)

+ (Plus) (Ed Sheeran)

On a Mission (Katy B)

The Urbanite Hip Hop Artist of the Year


Royce Da 5'9

Rick Ross

Jay Z

Kanye West

The Game

Lil Wayne

Tinie Tempah

The Urbanite R&B Artist of the Year



Bruno Mars

Trey Songz


Chris Brown



The Urbanite New Hip Hop Artist of the Year



Tyler the Creator


Wiz Khalifah

Big Sean

Ace Hood


The Urbanite New R&B Artist of the Year

Aloe Blacc

The Weeknd

Frank Ocean

Maverick Sabre

Ed Sheeran

Emeli Sande

Jessie J

The Urbanite Video of the Year

The Knowing (The Weeknd)

Otis (Jay Z + Kanye West)

Getting Nowhere (Magnetic Man ft John Legend)

Shot Yourself in the Foot Again (Skream and Example)

Swim Good (Frank Ocean)

Look At Me Now (Chris Brown feat Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne)

The Urbanite Freestyle of the Year

Hustle Hard (Chipmunk)

Hustle Hard (Tinie Tempah)

H.A.M (Busta Rhymes)

Tarzan (Dappy)

Otis (Krept and Konan)

Shady 2.0 BET Cypher (Yellawolf, Slaughterhouse, Eminem)

Top Boy Cypher (Kano, Sway, Scorcher, Asher D)

Otis (Justin Bieber)

The Urbanite Man/Woman of the Year


The Urbanite Choon of the Year

American Wedding - (Frank Ocean)

Swim Good - (Frank Ocean)

Novacane (Frank Ocean)

Can't Get Enough - (J.Cole)

Cole World - (J.Cole)

She Will - (Lil Wayne ft Drake)

I'm On One - (DJ Khaled ft Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)

Welcome To My Hood Remix (ft Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, The Game, Wacka Flocka)

Don't Go (Wretch 32 ft Josh Kumra)

Wicked Games - (The Weeknd)

Hustle Hard - (Ace Hood)

Niggas in Paris - (Kanye West & Jay Z)

Drug Test (Game ft Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg)

Red Nation (The Game ft Lil Wayne)

Look At Me Now (Chris Brown ft Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne)

She Ain't You (Chris Brown)

Lana Del Ray - Video Games

John (Lil Wayne ft Rick Ross)

She (Tyler the Creator ft Frank Ocean)

Marvins Room (Drake)

Trust Issues (The Weeknd)

It's a Party (Waka Flocka)

Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay (Big Sean ft Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)

Someone Like You (Adele)

Who You Are (Jessie J)

Results will be announced on 31st December, 2011.  In the meantime, debate, decide and decipher which artists/mixtapes/albums/songs deserve an end of year award.

1 comment:

  1. you should make the all those songs at the end into a mixtape would be sick!