Earlier this year, local hip-hop artist Johnny Jr. received the Lennon Award, winning the best hip-hop song — for “Keep the Dream Alive” — category in the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), an international competition judged by the likes of George Clinton, the Black Eyed Peas, Prince Royce, and 311.

Well, Johnny Jr. is back for another round as the 2017 JLSC kicks off and places him firmly back in the winning slot in Session I for best hip-hop song for the track “Eastside.”

He is one of 12 Session I Grand Prize Winners. Session II’s winners are announced in March 2018, and the Lennon Award winners — overall winners in each category after a public vote between Session I and Session II winners — are announced in May of next year. If Johnny wins that round, like he did this year, he’ll go on to compete for Song of the Year, which is worth $20,000.

We’ll keep you posted on when the public gets to vote, but in the meantime, big congrats to Johnny Jr. Check out the song “Eastside” below.