By JC Poppe Special to Published Dec 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Well, it's that time of the year again. That's right, it's list time, and Milwaukee hip-hop has had one heck of a year. I originally wasn't going to do a list of any kind because people are very sensitive about being left off of such things but here I go.

I've broken things done into a few different categories and I'm not assigning numbers to anything or claiming anything superior to anything else. What I am doing is purely a list of my favorites from the year. As you go through the categories, I encourage you to check out everything you aren't familiar with because you might find something you like.


  • AUTOMatic -- Transistor
  • Dana Coppafeel -- Coppa's Welfare Foods
  • Def Harmonic -- Figs
  • D. Ellzey -- A Shift In The Wind
  • Raze -- Living in Technocolor


  • KingHellBastard -- Remember The Name
  • Lunaversol9 -- A Novel Slur
  • Signif and Haz Solo -- The Transition Remixes EP
  • Stranj Child -- The Stranj Child EP
  • The Hollowz -- The Premonition EP


  • Born Brothaz -- JFK Conspiracy Series
  • Dana Coppafeel -- The Feature
  • Ray Nitti -- April Showers
  • SPEAK Easy -- That Was Easy
  • Tay Butler -- UMG Summer League


  • Adebisi -- "80's Babies"
  • AUTOMatic -- "Do You Want It"
  • Born Brothaz -- "Shine"
  • Dana Coppafeel -- "Another One"
  • Def Harmonic -- "My Own Devices"
  • D. Ellzey -- "Faith"
  • KingHellBastard -- "I Believe" featuring Raashan Ahmad
  • Lah Kid -- "Go Hard"
  • Lunaversol9 -- "Hellbent"
  • Malicious -- "Midnight Sky"
  • MC (Mikal) -- "Pugilism"
  • Pacino -- "Catch Feelings"
  • Prophetic -- "Living in the Sky"
  • Que -- "Can't Keep Running Away"
  • Raze -- "One Hunnid"
  • Ray Nitti -- "April Showers" featuring J.De'Lon and Young Nov
  • Stranj Child -- "Split Personality"
  • Stricklin -- "I Be Damn"
  • Tay Butler -- "Home"
  • The Hollowz -- "Roadz"

There you have it, that's what I've been listening to regularly and what I've thoroughly enjoyed this year. I'm looking forward to what Milwaukee hip-hop will offer up in 2011.

JC Poppe Special to

Born in Milwaukee and raised in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, Concordia University Wisconsin alumnus Poppe has spent the majority of his life in or around the city and county of Milwaukee.

As an advocate of Milwaukee's hip-hop community Poppe began popular local music blog Milwaukee UP in March 2010. Check out the archived entries here.

Though heavy on the hip-hop, Poppe writes about other genres of music and occasionally about food, culture or sports, and is always ready to show his pride in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.