2022 .WAVMaker Awards

The 2022 .WAVMaker Awards kicked off the new year for indie faith-based hip hop.

FiveTwenty Collective and the legendary Trackstarz teamed up to deliver the only awards dedicated to independent Christian hip hop. 

This year’s .WAVMaker Awards was hosted by Eric Boston, Ryan Righteous, and DJ Jeremaya. It was live-streamed on the Trackstarz YouTube channel. Featuring 10 individual awards, Jeremaya also announced the 2023 Next Up artists which is an annual recognition for artists set to have a big year musically.

2022 .WAVMaker Award Winners

  • Rookie of the Year (sponsored by Dude.FM): Oatmeal
  • Cover Art of the Year (sponsored by Nectar Distro): Before He Cracks the Sky, Brinson
  • Female Artist of the Year (sponsored by FiveTwenty Presents): Reece Lache
  • Producer of the Year (sponsored by Not The Same Podcast): Newselph
  • Collaboration of the Year (sponsored by Kingdom Club Apparel): Resurrection, Trutha/Q-Flo/Prodi Da Prodigal/Legacy
  • EP/Mixtape of the Year (sponsored by Afresh Culture): Enjoy, The Mixtape, Dezzy Yates
  • Lyricist of the Year (sponsored by Club His Hop): Q-Flo
  • Single of the Year (sponsored by Blood Related Clothing): Show & Tell, Scribe Music ft. Kody Free
  • Project of the Year (sponsored by Godchaserz Entertainment): Before He Cracks the Sky, Brinson
  • Artist of the Year (sponsored by The Bookkeeper247): Brinson

Shout out to all of this year’s winners! What a way to start 2023. This year is sure to be amazing and we are excited to be along for the ride.

Want to make sure you are on our radar for the 2023 .WAVMaker Awards? Hit our Submission form when you are dropping new music all year long or send your press releases to contact@fivetwentycollective.com

While you’re here, check out the live stream of the awards below!

His Hop Nation founder Mr. HisHop interview

His Hop Nation has been a staple in the Christian rap scene for the past decade.

Bringing Christ to Sin City, Club His Hop has hosted countless faith-based artists in the heart of Las Vegas. A stretch that includes a show every month for seven years.

The purpose is simple:

“We outreach to the underserved, underprivileged, at-risk youth & young adults with the purpose of stabilizing our community.”

Heading into 2023, some things look different than when it all first started.

Recently Mr. HisHop joined Eric N. Boston and guest co-host Rob Redeemed (Not The Same Podcast) for a live stream discussion centered around where the brand is headed in the new year.

What started almost by accident has grown into a firmly established platform. After a decade of hard work, things are not slowing down as Club His Hop prepares to relaunch after a 3-year hiatus. For independent artists, this relaunch is a huge opportunity. His Hop Nation is currently booking 6 months in advance to host artists who want the chance to perform in one of the country’s premiere live entertainment cities. It goes beyond simply a venue, however.

His Hop Nation has transformed into a non-profit organization. A part of that process includes a program called On Tour.

On Tour operates with the support of its donors. Those funds help artists with some of the additional costs associated with performing live. From traveling to lodging and much more, these grants are in place to help artists see their purpose fulfilled for the glory of God.