SO HERE WE ARE! After a week of voting the winners for the 1st annual Audio Dope Awards are finally here! Voted for by the public, on the United Elementz Media Twitter page, these are your winners for 2018!!!
Album of The Year: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V (Runner-Up: Pusha T – DAYTONA).
After 4 years of waiting Lil Wayne finally delivered the fifth instalment of his ‘Carter’ series in late September. Was it worth the wait? Definitely! A mixture of classic ‘Mixtape Weezy’ style bars and punch lines made this such an enjoyable project! Tracks such as ‘Uproar’ (with Swizz Beatz) and ‘Dope N***az’ (with Snoop Dogg) gave the public a nice nostalgic feeling with familiar samples (G. Dep and Dr Dre respectively) while tracks like ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ (with Nicki Minaj) and ‘Mona Lisa’ (with Kendrick Lamar) proved that Young Money’s leader could still write amazing songs with brilliant concepts! All in all a worthy winner of this award and a great release to further Lil Wayne’s claim as the Greatest of All Time!!!
Single of The Year: Benny The Butcher (feat. El Camino) – India (Runner-Up: PRhyme – Rock It).
Griselda Records have been of fire this year! Westside Gunn and Conway have been keeping it moving as they wait to drop their major label debuts, through Shady, but one GxFR artist has been slowly creeping into the public eye with a string of insane features this year! His name is Benny The Butcher and he’s been killing everything this year! In June he dropped the EP ‘A Friend Of Ours’ and the projects lead single, ‘India’ (with El Camino), held the streets down this summer. The real fiend for more Benny started with this record after murdering every feature he was on! Big congrats to Benny on getting the recognition he deserves and we’re sure more is to come in 2019! (His debut album, ‘Tana Talk 3’, actually dropped on Black Friday so make sure to grab that and support – Benny The Butcher – Tana Talk 3)
Mixtape of The Year: Craig Mack – That’s My Word (Runner-Up: Conway – G.O.A.T).
In March this year the Hip-Hop world lost one of the most slept on artists of all time Craig Mack! In August, British DJ, Tape Deck King put together an 8-track project, titled ‘That’s My Word’, which was inspired by an interview Craig did on Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 Rap Show ‘New York Live’ special (with Marley Marl), in June 2000, where he revealed the title to be the name of his forthcoming album due out that Summer. Unfortunately the album never came out but 18 years later T.D.K got potential singles from the ‘lost’ album (along with segments from the interview and a crazy 12 minute freestyle) to drop this project, to keep Craig’s name alive, under the same title he announced 18 years previously on Westwood. A brilliant concept tape that is a worthy winner and a great way to end the legacy of one of Hip-Hop’s most underrated MC’s! R.I.P Craig Mack! You deserve this!!!
DJ Tape Deck King has put together an 8-track EP of the late Craig Mack’s work, from the year 2000, that was inspired by an interview the rapper had on Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 Rap Show.
On the show Mack announced he was dropping an album that summer called ‘That’s My Word’ but it never came out.
18 years later the ‘lost’ project (kind of) comes to light, courtesy of T.D.K’s Tape Deck Productions label. It also features snippets from the Westwood interview and a mammoth 12 minute freestyle too! Pure dope!!!
Big Court is a Film-TV Producer/Entrepreneur and C.E.O. of Tru Muscle Entertainment which operates as a subsidiary distributed through No Limit Forever. TME’s first project title Boomarang Vol 1 & 2 will be released June 2018 and will feature all new music from Master P, Silkk The Shocker, Gangsta, Krazy, Royce J, Blaq-N-Mild, C-Murder, and Kid Carolina. Big Court also has a successful production company which is slated to release the reality tv series Cash Cars KC, the docu-series Architects Of Gangsta Rap, and the web series crime drama Beast Mode. Big Court is also an avid bodybuilding enthusiast and owns the supplement company Tru Muscle Sports specializing in high quality protein powders, pre-workout, and fat burners.
OG Big Court has been hard at work, putting together the highly anticipated BOOMARANG
Big Court has let it know Super Producer Blaqnmild has been involved in production as well as features including Silkk The Shocker, Kay Klover and Kid Carolina!
Court himself no stranger to rap game from Kansas City group CCG! So you know his experience is and ear for music is on point!
Tru Muscle Ent/No Limit Forever present Big Court’s new mixtape coming this Spring in line to heat up the summer!
“Though I’ve retired from rappin myself, I have some of today’s hottest acts on this album along with some OG’S in the game for a historic merging of the generations. So anybody (especially from K.C.) wanting to submit music send it to Trumuscle76@gmail.com” – Big Court
Courtney Richardson ll (Big Court) is a young multi-talented radio personality/actor/film producer/former rap artist that first gained nationwide recognition being signed to music mogul Master P’s No Limit Records and recording under the rap moniker “Court Dog” earning a RIAA certified gold plaque for his work on Master P’s “Down South Hustlers” compilation.
Always being the one to raise the bar and knowing no limitations, Big Court relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting and producing. Since arriving he has appeared in several films which include The Painting (Starring Stacy Dash) Shattered Day, Love On The Rocks, Dont Touch If You Aint Prayed(Starring Ce Ce Penniston), and starring in the comedy Rib Shack which won the Global Arts Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Independent Black Film Festival, and the Convention Film Festival in Los Angeles.
After gaining some acting experience, Big Court soon fell in love with film making and solely funded his own full length feature film titled “Young American Gangstas” which he co-wrote, produced, scored, and starred in. YAG also stars Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and the late Tupac Shakurs brother Mopreme Shakur. Staying true to his musical roots, Big Court also produced the movies soundtrack which featured music from him as well as some of the rap industry’s most notable artist. That movie soundtrack would prove to be his last as an artist, opting to hang up the mic to work in an executive capacity with longtime friend Master P for the newly formed No Limit Forever.
In early 2016 Big Court began co-hosting one of todays hottest radio/tv shows “Doin Tha Most”, produced by Master P on Playboy Radio. Big Court has managed to build successful businesses outside of entertainment as well. Widely known as an avid bodybuilding enthusiasts, he ventured into the supplement industry to launch Tru Muscle Sports, specializing in high quality protein powders,pre- workout, and fat burners.
Big Court is also a supporter and advocate for children/adults living with Autism and will be lauching a dating website designed specifically for people with special needs to aid them in the dating process.