Best Hip-Hop Alternative

Samurai Shotgun

A ferocious, magnetic five-piece on the brink of blowing up (and getting their chance at this October’s Afropunk Fest in Atlanta), Samurai Shotgun plies prog-and-funk-minded alt rock and turntable-tricked-out experimental hip-hop built on the instrumental prowess of guitarist Tyler Mulder, bass player Bryant Harp, drummer Jovan Lecaro, and decks-and-keys maestro Marquis Blocker, and driven by the powerfully potent lead of vocalist/emcee Mateo Henley.