Best Hip-Hop Producer
Mike the Martyr
A veritable rhymer in his own right, Mike the Martyr has emerged as one of the most sought-after beatmakers in the Twin Cities following his work with Baby Shel, Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, and Metasota, among gads of other local acts. Martyr's nostalgia-driven, sample-heavy work on the boards attracts rappers who learned to rhyme in the days of Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Something in Martyr's string-laden boom-bap sends MCs to a place where they can comfortably tap into their roots and lay down their slickest bars. It's up for debate whether he's best on the mic or behind the boards, but if Martyr's constantly updating Soundcloud is any indication, he's well on his way to mastering both.