Here it is! You came out in your thousands to let us know who you thought owned 2019 and we can’t thank you enough for getting involved! Your Artist of the Year winner and our picks for the best music video, track, freestyle, project and newcomer are all below.
Best Music Video // Northtease ft Simba Shore – On My Line (Directed by Tito Caviar)
Director Tito Caviar shows his skill in making a standard hood music video interesting with ‘On My Line’. Subtle creative flairs like the specifically chosen neon highlights take this crisp yet gritty visual to the next level. The beautiful drone shots and visual introduction of the rappers before they take to the mic creates a narrative despite the track itself not really having one. No one has ever made Teesside and Newcastle look this good. The 10/10 verse from Simba Shore also makes this video a must watch. Simba is an upcoming artist from Newcastle that has the potential to take 2020 by storm, mark our words.
Track of the Year // Eyeconic – Die Alone
Eyeconic‘s melancholic anthem ‘Die Alone’ is our pick for Track of the Year 2019. Released back in August after a number of teaser live performances, ‘Die Alone’ captured our heart with its vulnerability and openness about challenges we all face throughout our lives. On this track Eyeconic also spotlighted his dynamic vocal range and ability to work outside of the box genre-wise. ‘Die Alone’ is a classic to-be.
Best Freestyle // DARC – Namekian Nightmares (Nami Up North Freestyle)
‘Namekian Nightmares’ introduced the world to DARC in 2019, the musical alter-ego of all-around creative Joe Wilson (NAMI Up North). An absolute epic delivered with passion and filled with intellectual bars, this freestyle left us breathless and wanting much more music from DARC in 2020.
Best Album/Project // Just B – ‘Valley of the Ash Trees’
An incredible EP, ‘Valley of the Ash Trees’ showed a new depth to Just B and solidified him as one of the most dynamic artists in the North East. Many would label Just B simply ‘the best grime emcee in the region’. A great title to have, but when everyone comes to expect the same thing of you how do you keep it interesting? You reject that title. You show them you don’t fit into that neatly carved out box. That’s exactly what B has done on this EP. Read our full review of the project here.
Best Newcomer // Abi Nyxx
This category was one of the hardest to decide. Our scene saw so many young talented individuals make their names known in 2019 that it was almost impossible to choose just one. Names like Blixkz, Scrannabis, Pxnther, Sonny, Rob Rez, and Left-Blank all came to mind. In fact, we even wrote a whole Freshman article about 2019’s best up and comers. But one stood out above the rest. Abi Nyxx has had the biggest impact of any new hip-hop artist in the region this past year, seemingly coming out of nowhere to be the name on everybody’s lips and the video on everybody’s timeline. Nyxx has bags of potential, talented at both rapping and singing, in 2020 she could go on to achieve huge things. Read our full interview with Abi Nyxx here.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2019 // Philth Like
As voted for by you the public, Philth Like is our 2019 Artist of the Year! With 296 votes, Sunderland’s own Philth Like took this year’s top spot. Followed closely behind by flashy Teesside spitter Khaki with 274 votes and Newcastle up and comer Blixkz with 231 votes. A seminal year for Philth in many respects, his much anticipated ‘World Wide Waster’ EP finally got released. Blending psychedelic electronic beats with a harsh spoken-word style delivery, Philth’s music feels like The Streets on an acid trip… in Sunderland. 2019 was also filled with festival performances, live shows and extended radio play for the Manchester based Mackem, making him a worthy winner of Artist of the Year 2019!