Best Of 2022

Ghanian-born rapper Chael Blinya does Tampa proud with each bar he spits on-stage and on record. Often jokingly called “Baby Ali” by those remarking on his Muhammad-like facial features, Blinya is actually no joke when it comes to constructing complex lyrics. He’s a rare breed of hip-hop emcee in the vein of God-level skills, with precise layered imagery that weaves rings inside the imagination while being rooted in relevant topics. Blinya’s debut album, ‘The Sir Roundings’ (not to be confused with his similarly titled EP), offers 17 tracks centered on the theme of gentrification and the consequences of unchecked real estate development. “Check, check like Verizon” he calls in the banger “INTRO: Silver Spoon Rusty,” simultaneously harkening back and driving forward in the tradition of true lyrical heavyweights who understand their power.


Winner: The Black Honkeys
2. Pusha Preme
3. The Wandering Assassins Crossfire Creek
Winner: The Applebutter Express
2. Have Gun Will Travel
3. Crossfire Creek Band
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Pitbull Toddler
3. The Spazmatics
Winner: COCKTail St. Pete
2. Blur Nightclub
3. The Ritz Ybor
Winner: Abortion Twins
3. The Headtones
Winner: Jon Ditty
2. Pusha Preme
3. They Hate Change
Winner: Uncle Johns Band
2. Electric Soul Therapy
3. Elysian Sex Drive
Winner: Corner Bar & Grill
2. CJ's on the Island
3. LaLa
Winner: Dave Flash Morgan
2. Lisa Hutchins
3. Will Blackshear