nominees Speaking of models, this one was a who’s who. Sweaty, steamy and sticky, Banner gave his fans a little eye and ear candy.
airwaves and streets for quite some time.
Juvenile “Get Ya Hustle On”
When workaholic Greg Street isn’t planning a celebrity car show, sneaker show, or party, he can usually be heard blazing the Atlanta airwaves.
This video had more accurate Katrina reporting than Fox News on their best day. Juve reminded us of the forgotten.
Rick Ross “Hustlin’”
Greg Street (Atlanta, GA)
DJ Nasty (Orlando, FL)
Now branching off into the production world, Nasty’s skills on the turntables remain top-of-the-line.
Crossing the bridge into the real Miami, Rick Ross gave the world a glimpse of the everyday hustle in his Carol City ‘hood.
Three 6 Mafia f/ Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG “Stay Fly”
A night in the life of a rap star: endless partying captured by great camera work made us feel like we were right there with them.
Honorable mention: Although Korn is not a Southern rap group,
their video for “Twisted Transistor,” which featured Lil Jon, David Banner, Xzibit, and Snoop Dogg playing the roles of the band, certainly deserves mention.
HONORARY SOUTHERNER AWARD The artist from outside our region who showed the most love the South and/or was most accepted in the South.
Don’t forget, this guy rapped on the “Neva Scared” remix and did a “Bout It” remake a while back. So his collabos with Webbie and Lil’ Wayne should come as no surprise - he’s no bandwagon jumper.
He unified crunk with hyphy and still maintained his O.G. status.
Michael Watts (Houston, TX)
Swishahouse’s Michael Watts carries on the legacy of DJ Screw through the fine art of chopping and Screwing.
BEST PRODUCER Cool & Dre
Miami’s Terror Squad affiliates Cool & Dre have put their stamp on the industry, producing massive hits for Ja Rule and Game and more recent records like Christina Milian’s “Say I” and Juvenile’s “Rodeo.”
After landing both an executive position and a label deal at Virgin Records, he bulked up his roster by producing hits for Dem Franchize Boyz and Bow Wow post-puberty.
After a few years as the reigning King of Crunk, Jon kept up his winning streak with the YoungBloodz’ “Presidential” and E-40’s “Snap Yo’ Fingers.”
His Jeezy mixtape hasn’t dropped, but Juelz earned his Dirty South pass.
Having lived in Atlanta since the 90s, he’s damn near a Southerner now. But at the end of the day he’s “still coming straight from Oakland.”
Chi-town’s rapid-fire spitter’s trademark style has universal appeal, and Twista is no stranger to Dirty South collabos.
BEST CLUB DJ Bigga Rankin (Jacksonville, FL)
Cool Runnings’ O.G. Bigga Rankin faithfully preaches his Ghetto Gospel to clubgoers all throughout the South, no matter how drunk they are.
DJ Irie (Miami, FL)
Widely regarded as one of the top mixers in the country, the official DJ of the Miami Heat still finds time to rock your favorite South Beach nightspots.
DJ Khaled (Miami, FL)
Waited in line too long and your favorite record was over by the time you got inside? Don’t worry, the Southern version of Funkmaster Flex is sure to bring it back and drop a bomb on it - three or four times.
Although somewhat low-profile since departing Cash Money, Mannie’s production skills are still on point, as evidenced by records like Young Jeezy’s “And What,” Bun B’s “I’m Fresh,” and B.G.’s “Move Around.”
Otherwise known as DJ Smurf, the man behind the Ying Yang Twins took bass music to a whole new level and created “intimate club music.”
The Unusual Suspects (Big D & Jim Jonsin)
Although Big D and Jim Jonsin have since moved on to pursue solo projects, they achieved major back-to-back successes as a duo, crafting Pretty Ricky’s album and hits for Trick Daddy, Trina, and Twista, among others.
BEST MIXTAPE DJ Bigga Rankin (Jacksonville, FL)
Bigga’s trademark WRNR: Real Nigga Radio mixtape series is ghetto platinum in the streets, introducing artists like Plies and Young Cash and reintroducing Jacki-O to ‘hoods across the South.
DJ Chuck T (Charleston, SC)
The cockiest DJ in the Carolinas talks a lot of shit, but consistently backs it up with a flurry of releases showcasing the hottest new music and breaking indie acts.
DJ Drama (Atlanta, GA)
Lil Larry (Memphis, TN)
Larry keeps the clubs poppin’ in Tennessee.
Drama took his mixtape series Gangsta Grillz to a whole new level. DJ Chuck T asserts that Drama’s career path is the blueprint for all other DJs - a strong statement coming from a fellow nominee.
DJ Mars (Atlanta, GA)
DJ Ideal (Miami, FL)
BEST RADIO DJ
Rapid Ric (Austin, TX)
The CEO of the SuperFriends’ DJ crew, Mars keeps the party jumpin’.
DJ Khaled (Miami, FL)
If you had a bad day at work, Khaled’s afternoon mix is sure to liven up the rest of your day.
Freddy Hydro (Memphis, TN)
Yo Gotti drama aside, Freddy Hydro has been holding down the Memphis
Straight from Da Bottom, Ideal played a role in Pitbull’s success and dropped solid projects with everyone from Ludacris to Smitty. The Mixtape Mechanic’s Whut It Dew? series consistently captures the essence of Texas music, highlighting the best of the best.
DJ Smallz (Tampa, FL)
Smallz’ peers have mixed feelings: some hate him, some love him, some envy him, but most do respect his hustle. Smallz’ created a career with exclusives and industry connects, not hype and image.
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Ozone Awards 2006 special edition