Best Of 2005

BEST RAP COMING AT YA FROM THE STICKS: Laws

Spring Hill, yo. Out beyond the places most Bay area scenesters spend their time, Brazilian-born MC Laws is making clever, funny, idiosyncratic hip-hop. Though barely into his 20s — an age when many aspiring rappers are either aping the latest style or doing more talking about rapping than rapping — Laws has developed his own vibrant, lively style, and released several records well received within the Florida underground hip-hop scene. He’s also associated with 352 Elements, an eclectic Central Florida-centric collective that brings together MCs, beatmakers and urban graphic artists of all styles. www.352elements.com; www.myspace.com/lawshiphop. - Scott Harrell