It is no wonder that Jackson rapper Silas Stapleton, known to fans simply as Silas, has won the Best Hip-hop Artist or Group title for three years running.

His first time to win came in 2016 shortly after his single “Gullah Gullah Island” began earning national attention, and his next came a year later after fans were well acquainted with his album, “The Day I Died.” It’s not just his career that has flourished over the past few years, though.

“Hip-hop is in a better state than it has been in a long time,” Stapleton says. “There are lots of good artists and good music being made. … It’s OK to be yourself—that’s the message I try to deliver in my music.”

On break from tour as of late December 2017, he is currently working on music for a follow-up album. —Shameka Hayes-Hamilton

WINNER: Best HipHop Artist/Group


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