G-Mo Skee, the Richmond-based rapper who released an incendiary video last week called "Bay Area Dropout" as a reaction to not making last year's "Freshmen 10" list of up-and-coming hip-hop artists, was ironically just named one of this year's Freshmen 10.
The annual list is determined by a combination of public votes and a private "tastemaker" panel of industry executives, previous winners, and journalists. It's organized by Matt Werner of Thizzler on the Roof and DJ Amen of KMEL, the same people who were negatively depicted in G-Mo Skee's video -- in fact, a man posing as DJ Amen is set on fire in "Bay Area Dropout."
"If something is rightfully yours, fight for it," says G-Mo Skee of his victory. "I went in on them, got a lot from it, and still made it to the list. Wombo combo."
Richmond rappers dominated this year's list: Joining G-Mo Skee are fellow residents Kool John, HBK Skipper, AkaFrank, and Smoovie Baby. Watch the full announcement of the new Freshmen 10 and see the full list below:
Here's the full list: