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The Best of 2002
Even though Stillmatic was released on Dec. 18, 2001, its impact was felt throughout 2002. The album, and "Ether" in particular, shook Jay-Z so much that he still hasn't recovered, paving the way for Nas to reclaim the throne that was once his. Two additional solid releases -- The Lost Tapes, a collection of unreleased tracks written between 1998-2001, and God's Son, this December's offering that shows early signs of securing a repeat in 2003 -- only cemented Nas' lock on the hip-hop world throughout the year. His dominance is felt in The 411 Online's "Best of 2002" as well.

Best album
NAS, Stillmatic

Honorable mention: BIG TYMERS, Hood Rich; TRICK DADDY, Thug Holiday; TALIB KWELI, Quality; SCARFACE, The Fix; BLACKALICIOUS, Blazing Arrow

Best single
CAM'RON, "Oh Boy"
Honorable mention: NAS, "One Mic;" CLIPSE, "Grindin';" BIG TYMERS, "Still Fly;" BEANIE SIGEL & FREEWAY, "Roc the Mic;" STYLES, "Good Times"

Best remix (a.k.a. The P. Diddy Award)
JD, LUDACRIS, P. DIDDY, MURPHY LEE & SNOOP "Welcome To Atlanta"
Honorable mention: P. DIDDY, LOON, GINUWINE & MARIO WINANS "I Need a Girl Remix Part II;" BUSTA RHYMES & P. DIDDY, "Pass the Courvoisier Part II;"
G. DEP, P. DIDDY, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, KEITH MURRAY & CRAIG MACK, "Special Delivery;" P. DIDDY & USHER, "I Need a Girl Remix Part I"

Best video
BUSTA RHYMES, P. DIDDY, PHARRELL, MR. T, JAMIE FOXX, ETC.
"Pass the Courvoisier Part II"

Honorable mention: NELLY, "Hot In Herre;" CLIPSE, "Grindin';" NAS, "One Mic;" STYLES, "Good Times;" TRICK DADDY, CEE-LO & BIG BOI, "In Da Wind"

Most underrated album
AZ, Aziatic

Honorable mention: GHOSTFACE KILLAH, Bulletproof Wallets;
LUNIZ, Silver & Black (Oakland Blaze) ; STYLES, A Gangster and a Gentleman

Best producer
JUST BLAZE
Honorable mention: JAZZE PHA, THE NEPTUNES, MANNIE FRESH,
KANYE WEST, TIMBALAND, TRACKMASTERS

Best new artist
NAPPY ROOTS
Honorable mention: CLIPSE, PETEY PABLO, KNOC-TURN'AL, STYLES (solo)

Best comeback
SCARFACE
Honorable mention: None

Artist of the year
NAS

Honorable mention: P. DIDDY, BIG TYMERS, NELLY, EMINEM, CAM'RON


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