Best Journalist-Turned-Rapper - 2012
Nitty Scott MC
Last fall, this young MC introduced herself to the BET Awards' audience by referring to herself as "the real-life rap Halle Berry" in a cypher during which she clearly outshone her peers (among them the British singer Estelle). Since then, the Florida transplant Nitty Scott MC has proved to be as talented as she is tenacious, playing shows and releasing a steady drip of songs and mixtapes. She has always had a way with words—before releasing the "Monster" freestyle that launched her rap career, she graduated from John Jay's Secondary School for Journalism and interned at the Daily News—and that verbal dexterity shines through in her songs, which were most recently collected on The Boombox Diaries, Vol. 1 (Boombox Family).