Locals: Ohio Hip Hop Awards

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

After five years in Cleveland, the Ohio Hip Hop Awards are coming to Columbus this weekend, complete with a red-carpet ceremony at COSI and an industry conference at The Mansion.

Though a four-man committee of Cleveland residents founded the awards in 2006, they decided to relocate to Columbus this year in part to help a burgeoning slate of Columbus talent rise to national prominence a la Cleveland acts such as Kid Cudi and Chip Tha Ripper.

"We chose Columbus because I think it's one of the cities that's lacking in national awareness musically," co-founder Quincy Taylor said. "I think the music scene down there is growing. I just think it needs a little more structure."

The location change also lands the awards weekend in a central location so more people from around Ohio can attend.

Dozens of Columbus musicians and organizations are nominated for awards this year, and several Columbus acts will perform at Saturday's ceremony, including Copywrite, The 3rd and Kim Joyce.

Furthermore, Columbus hip-hop hopefuls can attend Sunday's "Learn to Earn" conference, in which representatives from trusted national hip-hop media outlets (The Source, XXL, HipHopDX.com, etc.) and major record labels (Interscope, Def Jam, Atlantic, etc.) will take part in panel discussions.

"As much as the awards mean to some people," Taylor said, "the information and the networking will mean a lot more to a lot more people."

Also on the agenda: a pre-party Friday night at Club Questions, a breakdancing and graffiti exhibition Saturday afternoon at Goodale Park and an after-party Saturday night at Long Street District.

Ohio Hip Hop Awards


6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 (red carpet from 4-5:30 p.m.)

333 W. Broad St., Franklinton


"Learn to Earn"MusicConference

The Mansion

12 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

87 W. Main St., Downtown