The nominees for Thailand’s Rap Is Now Awards 2021 have been announced!

Touted as “The Biggest Thai’s Underground Rapper’s Village,” Rap Is Now is one of the most-followed local rap entities in Thailand, helping boost profiles of independent and underground rappers who are also some of the biggest names in Thai hip hop.

On Thursday (November 25), Rap Is Now announced a new voting method this year, which they noted “changes from year to year.” As per local hip hop outlet HIP HOP CULTURE TH, users can elect nominees to the original list, granted the artists gain sufficient votes to reach the top 10.

“The team will combine the list of listeners with the list presented by the organizer. Then bring it to the audience to vote again on December 10, 2021,” added Rap Is Now.

Up for grabs this year are Artist of the Year, Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Producer of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Album of the Year, New Face of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Cross of the Year, and Viral of the Year. An additional distinction, Hidden Gems, will be “announced soon.”

The voting process is setting the Thai hip hop scene in a frenzy, with the categories lit up with thousands of votes to secure their favorites a spot in the final nomination.

At present, here are the most updated nomination lists:

Artist of the Year:

Album of the Year:

  • 1MILL – NGU 2
  • FIIXD – 40000
  • JONIN – HIPPIE
  • MOON – 100%
  • TANGBADVOICE – NO A RAPPER
  • MAIYARAP – POPSTAR
  • T!NE – MAKE SURE
  • URBOYTJ – SELFMADE
  • VKL – VONG ONLY
  • YOUNGGU – TRAP KING

New Face of the Year:

  • HUMBLEP
  • NTC YOUNGWERKK
  • P$L
  • SMEW
  • SPRITE
  • URWORLD
  • YOUNG J
  • YUNGZU
  • Z9
  • ZAMBUG

Check out the full list and cast your votes here.

Earlier this year, they released GVNG, which spotlights the local rap scene and its movers and makers, featuring interviews from OG icons such as KH Thaitanium and many new-generation emcees such as JXHMXN YB, 1MILL, and producers like BIGYA$EN. The documentary was supported by the Thai Department of Mental Health.

Watch the highlights of last year’s awards below: