Sep 162010

How it works: from submissions to show!

For the first Madison Hip-Hop Awards, artists, DJs, B-boys/B-girls, street artists, promoters, producers, and fans were asked to submit their own materials. For some categories, such as Mixtape of the Year, we asked the generally community to provide submissions. We did our best to get the word out by promoting the event on Facebook, on MySpace, by word-of-mouth, and with flyers. (Unfortunately, not everyone associated with Madison Hip-Hop entered for an award this year. If you don’t see your favorite artist nominated, it could be because they decided not to enter this year.)

A Nominations Panel was formed of five individuals active in the Hip-Hop community and who could keep a neutral perspective. Bios of the panel members are listed below. Disclosures of possible conflicts of interest are also listed. Panel members did not provide input on artists with whom they had conflicts of interest.

Broadjam has graciously offered to provide our online voting website! As of 09/15/10: Nominations will be forwarded to Broadjam and they will manage our votes. Voting will close on Friday, October 29 and awards will be given at the show on November! Please direct any questions or concerns to

Elyse Albino

Elyse has been a long time resident of Madison and an even longer time lover of Hip-Hop. She enjoys a broad spectrum of Hip-Hop and especially loves that the local scene is so diverse. She went to West High School and is currently studying at MATC. She is an avid home chef and hopes to make a business out of it. She really loves play time with her Boston terrier (who’s kind of a mini celeb in his own right).
Buy local! Especially your Hip-Hop.
Disclosure: Personal relationship with MC Starr

Erika Bozack
Ever since perfecting the “moonwalk” at the age of three, Erika “Bozack” Bozinovski has been involved in the field of dance. Erika came into Hip-Hop dance by studying the foundations of breakin, and incorporating them into choreography, and the more upright style now known as “Hip-Hop Dance”.
Erika has also been a creative force in the Madison Hip-Hop community for over 11 years, winning the Madison Hip-Hop Legend Award from Elements of Change. She is a current (4-year, only female) host of WORT’s CipherZone, and is in the process of building a non-profit, called sweatSHOP movement, aimed at bringing all dances deemed “Hip-Hop” to the far corners of our community.
Her love of Hip-Hop, her dedication to collaboration, and her high-energy performance style have become infectious, infiltrating the hearts and souls of those who have a desire to move or be moved.
Disclosure: Entered for B-Girl of the Year

BigMMike the Voice of MadTown
BigMMike started out life getting kicked out of pre-school for wanting to know where babies came from, and robbing the other kids of their childhood innocence by telling them there wasn’t a Santa or a Tooth-Fairy. BigMMike worked as a DJ while in high school, then interned at a radio station while attending San Diego State. After a short layover in Madison to intern with Hot 105.9 FM, BigMMike worked as an assistant audience coordinator for BET’s 106 & Park. He is settled back in Madison (for now) serving the city as Music Director/Nights for 93.1 Jamz. You can hear the Voice of MadTown there Monday-Friday from 7 pm – midnight!

Steven Potter
Steven Potter is Madison native and reporter with 10-plus years covering community news, the environment, politics, criminal justice and national and local Hip-Hop. Good looking too.

Karen Reece
Karen Reece was born and raised in Madison. She does science by day and follows the music by night.
As a classically-trained cellist and occasional singer, Karen has a great ear for music and a particular love for local rock and Hip-Hop. She loves to support local musicians who are grinding for the art. Attempts at moving away have been futile, but with raw talent like this all around, who cares? Don’t sleep on the 608.
Disclosure: Does promotional work for A.N.T.

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