Best Of 2017

Best Ohio Pride Anthem: 'Ain’t No Place Like This'

Best Ohio Pride Anthem

When the Cleveland Cavaliers became NBA champions in 2016, legendary Cincinnati Hip Hop producer/DJ Hi-Tek (who has worked with greats from Talib Kweli to Snoop Dogg to 2017 Grammy nominee Anderson .Paak) showed that Cincinnati’s rivalry with Cleveland can be put aside in the name of Ohio love. Tek released the celebratory song and music video “Ain’t No Place Like This,” which featured footage of the Cavs’ championship-drought-ending run, but also served as a reminder of Ohio’s musical importance as the birthplace of everyone from Bootsy Collins and The O’Jays to John Legend and Levert. Tek said he had the song stored away for a few years and was waiting for the right time to release it. After the Cavs came back from a 3-1 game deficit in the series (just as Tek predicted), the time had come.