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GO DJ Hip Hop Awards Bring Attention To Houston’s Thriving Urban Music Scene

When it comes to hip hop music, Houston is a beat maker.


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Hip hop artists from the local and national scene took to the red carpet as part of the 2015 GO DJ Awards at NRG Park on Monday night.


“It’s like a marriage. We need them, they need us. So, really, we’re just showing love to the DJs out here, because they’ve definitely been supporting my record, Rico. We’re just out here supporting them,” says Gabe Parker, a hip hop artist from Corpus Christi.

Hip hop artists and their entourages strutted down 50 feet of red carpet inside NRG Park, smiling for photographers and chatting with TV reporters. The black-tie event spotlighted the rising stars in the hip hop industry, many of whom are from Houston.

Welcome to the second-annual GO DJ Hip Hop Awards.

Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall
Houston mayoral candidate Ben Hall came to meet and greet the award nominees.

“There are about 144 nominees. It’s going to be 14 actual winners and four special tributes,” said Velma Trayham, who was in charge of organizing the event.

Even though the show is only in its second year, it’s already getting a lot of attention elsewhere.

Gabe Parker is a DJ who drove in from Corpus Christi. 

The hip hop scene in Houston is definitely thriving,” he says. “I mean, it’s not like where I’m from, where there’s really nothing. So, we’ve gotta come to these markets and get our names out. People (here) actually support it,” Parker said. 

Andre Drake is a young musician from Austin who goes by the name DJA1. He came to show his support for the entire hip hop movement.

We on the right track,” Drake said. “This event brings more artists in and artists get a chance to show their talent and do what they’ve gotta do.”

One of the local musicians in attendance was an up-and-coming Houston artist named Chucky Orbitz. Since he’s a native of the area, he often refers to himself the “Son of Houston.” He monitors the city’s hip hop beat and sees it on the brink of something big.

“We’re beginning to start launching artists out of Houston,” Orbitz said. “I feel like we’re fixing to be in that phase where you’re gonna start seeing new artists coming out of Houston.”

Categories included best Houston DJs, best female and male artists, and best collaboration.

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