Best Of 2005

BEST LOCAL MC: Eyeznpowa

Northeastern native Eyeznpowa has been plying his craft in the Bay area for a while now, yet has maintained an almost criminally low profile. His smart, idiosyncratic, around-the-beat style flies in the face of both club- and battle-friendly flows; the deep subject matter might be easily associated with the collegiate underground, but both his voice and production are immensely ear-friendly. This year, Eyeznpowa made it to the stage fairly frequently, usually on a lengthy bill of below-the-radar names at Orpheum, and there’s plenty of his music available online. He’s a regular visitor to WMNF’s Hip-Hop Flavas program, as well. But when are we going to get to experience the eternally forthcoming full-length Conflict of Conscience? www.eyeznpowa.com.