Making their move to First Avenue, with KMOJ's Miss Georgia on the red carpet and comedian Boima Freeman returning to host, this year's TC Hip Hop Awards feature three of the finest local performers in hip hop: Micranots legend I Self Devine (pictured, who made one of the '00s' best albums), Unknown Prophets (who did the same last year), and Lil Buddy, the '90s rapper whose live comeback at Soundset '09 (following a download-only track with Slug and Muja Messiah) was the talk of the Rhymesayers crowd. Laugh all you want that these awards began four years ago with a "white rapper" category: Their steadfast focus on the mixtape/MySpace street scene offered such happy surprises as R&B talent Chantel Sings and a beautifully orchestrated Abstract Pack reunion two years ago. This year, the TC Legends honorees are Minneapolis/St. Paul hip-hop pioneer Travitron and singer RL of Next (whose "Wifey" remains one of the biggest hits by a Minnesotan of the past decade). Other performers include Guante, Trama, Illuminous 3, A&R, Slink Proper, Ale, Kredentials, Chevy Boy, Margeaux Davis, Sick, Studio & G-Rize, and KFAI's Special Dark on the ones and twos. 18+.
Fri., Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 2010