Best Of 2005

BEST HIP-HOP SONG BY LOCAL ARTISTS: “You Ain’t Seen It Comin’,” Paradox, Feat. Celph Titled & High Collide

New York native and current Tampa resident Paradox gets some top-notch assists from fellow scene names Celph Titled (who splits his time between here and NYC these days) and High Collide (who, I’ve been told, now calls South Florida home) on this, the best Tampa rap track I heard this year. The production stands up to national offerings, and Paradox’s apocalyptic, staccato flow is both contrasted and enhanced by Collide’s tangible thuggish charisma and Celph’s fast, smart, booming style. - Scott Harrell