Until last year, no rap act had ever won Picked to Click, City Pages’ yearly poll of the best new local artists. Not Atmosphere (23rd in 1997), not Heiruspecs (24th in 2001), not Dessa (26th in 2007), and definitely not Prof (31st in 2006). A few who came closer include Brother Ali (4th in 2003), Kill the Vultures (3rd in 2005), and Maria Isa (5th in 2006), but only in 2004 did rap make the top two when P.O.S/Doomtree finished behind the Olympic Hopefuls. Finally in 2012, the Chalice edged out Pony Trash for the win. Proving that hip-hop’s enhanced Picked to Click presence wasn’t an anomaly, Lizzo, Greg Grease, and GRRRL PRTY lead this year’s group. (And yes, we know that some of that awareness stems from ties to the Chalice.) Sure, plenty of rappers have thrived here
without a Picked to Click bump. But right now, Twin Cities hip-hop itself is on the podium.