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Best Hip Hop Artist

1st Place: Written By Daniel
2nd Place: Frozen Tundra
3rd Place: Mr. Pizzy

As far as Eau Claire hip-hop goes, Frozen Tundra has had a hold on this category in our Best Of poll since its inception seven years ago, showing up consistently. This year proves no different, with the rap posse taking second place and their frontman, Mr. Pizzy, taking third with his ever-growing solo career. Topping out the list is up-and-comer Written By Daniel, who released his first album, uprooted, last fall. Written By Daniel’s cerebral lyrics and storytelling match up over deft production from Evan Middlesworth from the Chippewa Valley’s own Pine Hollow Studios. (This isn’t the only time that name will show up in this poll.) With the newbie taking first this year, it’ll be interesting to see how the veterans step up their game come 2014. –Thom Fountain