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Best Hip-Hop Artist Minneapolis 2009 - Muja Messiah

Readers' Choice: Atmosphere
The Twin Cities' reputation as fertile grounds for underground hip hop is well-deserved and hard-earned, and it has resulted in a number of classic albums. But we could always use more hip hop that hits the streets and clubs as hard as it hits the headphones, and Muja Messiah spent most of 2008 emphatically claiming that sprawling turf. After dropping the buzzed-about MPLS Massacre mixtape last March—where his collaboration with M.anifest resulted in one of the best tracks to rock the "Paper Planes" beat—Muja Messiah kept his momentum going strong with Thee Adventures of a B-Boy D-Boy, full of the cocky charisma of someone who's been waiting too long for a spotlight. The Raw Villa vet more than held his own alongside the Roots' Black Thought, rocked the mic over Def Leppard guitars ("Tha Madness") and Southern soul swagger ("Look at 'Em Go"), dropped what may stand for years as the definitive Minneapolis club-rap anthem in "Get Fresh," and still had the breadth to get revelatory about his upbringing ("What's This World Coming To"; "Growing Pains") and his politics ("Patriot Act"). The man isn't hesitant to boast, but any MC of his caliber who could survive the Bush era and come out stronger for it deserves to shoot his mouth off when he can.
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ChristianH
ChristianH

I'm not gonna knock this guy, but have you heard P.O.S.'s new album? Have you looked at his tour schedule? Seriously, this was P.O.S.'s year to shine, and you took it from him.

Goddess
Goddess

Mujah does his THING!!!As one of the (very) few native-born North-Siders, I have had the priviledge to grow up along side Mu and his music. His work has been a homegrown source of pride for my hip-hop generation dang-near since I knew what rap was!!!Much deserved props! Can't wait to hear whats next!

asdfghj
asdfghj

muja is the greatest rapper alive and my dad so shutup that person who said he has no talent!

Judy
Judy

Muja is a top hip hop artist. you can't put a price on his life, you can't hate on his art! MPLS be proud of your boy MU!

Smoke Dee
Smoke Dee

Whats going down? Muja told all yall cats way back when Raw Villa was burning up the hip hop scence back in the late 90's. Sideshow Bob what I call him single handily kept the culture alive in the city. Big up to Slug, and Sidiq @ Rhymesayers for giving the Twin Cities respect in the game, but Muja is the prophet come to show us what a real EMCEE stands for: Rockin the mic, telling a story; and kickin the truth to the young black youth!Smoke Dee representing Smoke-n-Delite and The Soul Technicians.

C-Rocka
C-Rocka

Jinxers-is it because he's not an EMO Rapper?

Props to Muja for makin' it in the City Pages Best Of! All the hard work over the years is finally paying off. Cheeeaa! Keep on grindin! Hard work pays off.

Rasta
Rasta

He's kill'n em with his flows. Bring back Raw Villa and its a wrap! Big Up Jon Jon for Black Corners real music!

Jinxers
Jinxers

Jesus, really? Twin Cities teeming with MC's-- leave it to City Pages to pick the most derivative hack around. He'd fit in perfectly on B96, which is to say he's a non-talent. Thumbs way down, from someone who was monitoring this hip-hop scene back when Slug was biking around in a LFTR PLLR shirt.

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