Best compilation, that is a hard one. But its betwen Sound Bombing 2 (sound bombin 3 sucked) and Lyricisits Lounge.
And the most gifted mc, Mos Def is up there but not the most gifted, i'd say KRS-One and in a close second i'd go with Nas, he maybe mainstream but his older stuff is still classic.
Now how about best Hip-Hop group, and best Stage show.
Best Hip-Hop group ill say its a 3-way tie between The Roots, J5, ATCQ. Black Star, Dialated, are in second.
Best show, no doubt about it The Roots.
FYI I do some promotions for a lot of the venues in So Cal, used to work part time at Phat Beats so its helps to know people in the biz.