2019 Year Enders, Music

Red Shaydez Top Local Faves


When I was approached to write an article for Boston Hassle, I was elated! However, in my true ‘Libra fashion’—I then thought to myself, “I can’t decide what I want to write about so let me come up with a way to include several people and things!” Yes, I know. Indecisive. We like options, what can I say? So now we have ‘Red Shaydez Top Local Faves’ that will include some of my local favorites from multiple categories!

2019 has been the best year for music in Boston thus far. So much talent in the city. We’ve made tons of progress. It has not only been amazing to witness, but great to be a part of as well. While narrowing down my most favorite moments were extremely challenging, here’s a look at some of my top local favorites this year:


Top Podcasts

ItsLitBoston  *2019 Best Music Podcast at Boston Music Awards*

LezGetNaked w/ MzMoPhila

Henny and HotWings

Celeste The Therapist

Pep Talks & Fufu

LFOD Radio

Voices w/ Pebbles

NewEngland MicCheck


Top Rising Stars

Kasia Lavon

Eva Davenport

Tashawn Taylor



Kay Wattz

Genie Santiago


Malia The Model



Top Community Organizers/Organizations

Catherine Morris

Bakari JB

The Mad Music Mill

Dorchester Art Project *2019 Best Intimate Live Music Venue at Boston Music Awards*

Lena Park Community Development Corporation

Anna Rae


Top Events I’ve Performed at or Attended

The Hip Hop Transformation “The Bigger Picture” End of The Summer Showcase

HipStory Boston Answering at Strand Theatre


All Together Now

Feel It, Speak It


 Strength & Sensitivity at The Center for Arts at the Armory

HipStory Presents: A HipStoric Night at the MFA

Boston Music Awards 2019


Top Videos

Ice Cream-CakeSwagg Dir. SnapsbyKat

Tia Tamera Remix-Red Shaydez, Brandie Blaze Dir. Jay Hunt

Trying to Find My Next Thrill-Cousin Stizz Dir. Gilad Haas

OK OK – Luke Bar$ feat Jiles Dir. Daymian Mejia

Black Pigment-Capella Auriga

Enerjia-Zaay Dir. Kevin Bernardez

Something About You-Kae Dir. ShotbyTanj

She is Boston by Nancia feat Red Shaydez, Brandie Blaze & Lord Ju Dir. Jay Hunt


Top Producers


Rilla Force



Buddha Beats



Top Songs

Ana Conda – Jay Gatz

Cleo N ‘Nem -Oompa, Brandie Blaze

Two-Brandie Blaze

Massochists-Cliff Notez

Jockey Freestyle-Tashawn Taylor

Juggin Finesse-Treva Holmes

Key by LG Sai

Bird Box-Lotus Taylor

Magic-Marcela Cruz


Top Bops

RIP’d Da Check-Kweeng Doll feat HopeADope

Vintage Like Lee-Vintage Lee feat MadeinTYO


Big ZOE-Dutch ReBelle

All Of The Homies Need Trophies-Milkshaw Benedict

Vibe – Hopeadope

Thirst Trappin’ – Shellz feat Lord Ju


Top Performances

Billy Dean Thomas

Optic Bloom

Van Buren



Jefe Replay


Top Projects

‘To See and Hear Hxrself’ by Ava Sophia

‘Excuse My Baggage’ by Miranda Rae

‘Declaration’ by Dalaun

‘Fiesta’ by RillaForce

‘The Purple Earth Theory’ by Najee Janey

‘Late Bloomer’ by Brandie Blaze

‘Cleo’ by Oompa

‘Free’ by Jonn.Beatty


Top Community Supporter


Jeffrey Allen

Amanda Shea

Jay Gatz

DJ WhySham



Top Poets

Jha D

Amanda Shea

D Ruff






Top Journalists

Candace McDuffie

Arielle Gray

Vicki Wasylak

Amelia Mason

Katie Ouellette

Jeneé Osterheldt


Top DJ’s


DJ WhySham

DJ Slick Vick

DJ No Jokez

DJ Real P

DJ Jeff 2Timez

DJ Dex

DJ Casso

So, there you have it folks! I could’ve done way more but I did my best to keep it to a minimum. All listed were people and places I thoroughly enjoyed this year. I hope you did too!



Check out Red Shaydez own music and catch her killer live show whenever you can! – DS

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