The Mudkids have won this category seven of the ten times that it has been on the ballot, putting the legendary group well on its way to the Best of Indy Hall of Fame. While they have made some personnel changes in recent years, the group's core -- emcee Rusty Redenbacher and DJ Elp-Mass -- has remained intact, as has the group's politically-conscious, reliably soulful and verbally facile work. A new full-length work by the Mudkids has been promised for the fall, not that the group hasn't released a steady stream of work since 2006's Basementality in the interim. www.myspace.com/mudkids
2nd: Oreo Jones
3rd: Andy D.