CO-HOSTS—Mista Scrap, left, and Holly Hood (Photos by J.L. Martello)

The second annual Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards took place at the newly-built Penn Hills Senior High School auditorium on June 28. It opened with a red carpet event.

The goal of the PUMAs is to recognize the hard work put forth by various artists in the underground scene during the previous year. While the PUMAs does not encompass all possible genres available in the city, it does cover genres such as hip-hop, R&B, pop, neo-soul/folk, and also includes categories for producer of the year, DJ, group, etc.

While there are currently more than 20 categories, suggestions for additional categories/genres in upcoming events are welcome. The founders of the PUMAs, Holly Hood and Mista Scrap, also brought in music industry representatives such as Tony G, director of A&R for G-Unit Records, and Shaun Beastley, CEO/founder of the PenUp Songwriter Networking Event in Los Angeles, to meet with the performing artists in one-on-one listening conferences.


LIVE PERFORMANCE—Jasmine Tate performing on stage at the 2014 PUMAs.

The winners of the 2014 Pittsburgh Underground music awards were :

Female Hip-Hop/Rap—Pretty Krissy (Christian Tolbert)

Male Hip-Hop—Yungn Voorheez (Andrew Stafford)

Hip-Hop Single—Johnny by T-Grizz (Joshua Broadnax)

Hip-Hop Video—I Do This Everyday by B. White  (Brian Whiteman)

Hip-Hop Album/­Mixtape—Bazooka Joe by Joey Fattz (Joey Meyers)

Christian Hip-Hop/Rap—Stay Humble (Jerry Jefferson)

Rap Album/Mixtape— Death of a Dollar by Born Ready (Brandon Richardson)

R&B Artist/Group—Mike Meltdown Tomlin (Mike Tomlin)

R&B Single—Advantage by Young Midas (Mark Fletcher)

Spoken Word—Poetic T (Tracey Roberson)

NeoSoul/Folk—John Steez (John Wagner)

Pop—Jordan York

DJ—DJ Afterthought (Ryan Haynes)

Pro­ducer—Stevie B (Stephen Richardson)


BEST GROUP goes to Frat Gang. Pictured here, in no order, are members: Terrence Clark, David Benjamin, Larry Taylor, Maurice Ford and Brandon Ford.

Group—Frat Gang (Terrence Clark, David Benjamin, Larry Taylor, Maurice Ford, Brandon Ford)

Radio Show—Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K. (Emmai Alaquiva)

Best Live Performance—Grimey Click (Jerome Flanigan, Lyndon Butler, Steve Mayhew and Joey Meyers)

Freshman—Reese Young  (Tyreese El)

Freshman Group—Fly Guy Ent. (Tra Schofield, Dante Alfonso and Jordan Schofield)



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