Best Singer or MC: Effusive, fruitcake-dense avant-hop wordsmithery
Adam Drucker, aka doseone
Adam Drucker concocts sonic walls of poetic verbiage so palpable and daunting he has to comply with multiple municipal building and zoning codes before even opening his mouth. As doseone -- perhaps the most recognizable entity within the helium-throated enclave of Oakland avant-hip-hop lyricists and beatmakers known as Anticon -- he has one of the most unique voices (literally and lyrically) you'll ever strain to understand. Prolifically recorded with such loose-knit groups as cLOUDDEAD, 13 & God, and (most recently) Subtle, at first listen dose's rhymes are fruitcake-dense clusterbombs of inscrutability. And even when you sit down with a lyric sheet to dissect his artfully dystopian imagery, good luck parsing the meaning behind All to euthanize the yolk-slicked white horse you rode in on/To stand and wipe the blue birth-blood from your eyes alone ... These are the days of anyone being blonde/The days of mind convincing and the god/luck medium. No other rapper makes total confusion sound so sensible and soothing. Get lost.