Inaugural awards show to honor local hip-hop 

Local hip-hop promoter Clarence Conway, aka DJ Chakalatecity, decided something had to be done about hip-hop's perceived lack of respect in the metro. So he has put together the OKC Mixtape Awards, a show aimed to direct the spotlight to hip-hop culture statewide.

"It's a battle within our state. Our state doesn't want to grasp that we have hip-hop in our background, and they definitely don't want to show the public that," Conway said. "Once they see a positive event like this, they will get the support from the people."

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Awards will be given in a dozen categories. Six-category nominee Preston Veales, known in the metro as rapper P.54, said Oklahoma City has long suffered from an "everyone for themselves" mentality that has stunted the scene's growth.

Taking a gamble with the awards show, Conway has booked a 2,500-capacity venue in Midwest City, and has bypassed the usual step of locking in a major headliner. Instead, he has laid all his chips down on local talent; both he and Veales believe in Oklahoma's ability to support an event like this.

"There are so many fans here, and it's not just fans of the African-American race " it's people of all races that are listening to hip-hop. After this show, everybody is going to see. They'll be saying, 'We didn't know that there were that many people in Oklahoma listening,'" Conway said. "You say you support hip-hop? Show it. This show is for you " show it." "Charles Martin

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