Thursday, October 15, 2009

Part Deux.

Hip Hop Karaoke has been a little quiet recently, but it's only because we've been behind the scenes planning the biggest news of our 5-year existence. HHK is proud to announce dates for our upcoming Hip Hop Karaoke Championship and new qualifying Regional rounds!!

Mark Your Calendars for:

Friday, Nov 13 – Brooklyn Regional at Southpaw
Friday, Dec 4 – Manhattan Regional at Mercury Lounge
Friday, January 29 – Hip Hop Karaoke Championship at Irving Plaza (yes, that's right, irving plaza).

On January 25, 2008, 12 competitors squared off for the honor of being crowned Hip Hop Karaoke Champion (and the accompanying $1,000 prize). In the end, Brooklyn's own Chef Lowe emerged triumphant and will now defend his crown against 11 others at HHK Championship II at New York's Irving Plaza. This year, we're making it a bit more interactive, opening the finals up to (potentially) anyone that signs up.

Wanna compete for the championship? There are two ways:

Sign up to perform a track during the designated sign-up period (9:00-10:00) At the end of the sign-up period for each event, 10 people will be randomly selected to compete that night. Those picked will be added to a list of competitors pre-selected by the HHK Crew to battle for the chance to move on to the Championship.

Send us a link to an original video of you performing one of the songs from our list to video[at]hiphopkaraokenyc[dot]com along with your name and contact info (If you have the instrumental, great. If not, you can rhyme over the vocals. No a capellas though and no lyric sheets to help you.). Four winners will be chosen (two each event) for automatic entry in the regionals. Deadline for all video submissions is Friday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m. and you MUST be available on both Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 to qualify. Winners will be announced on our blog the week of November 9th.

Please note that while all competitors are welcome to be as creative as possible in the regionals, no lyric sheets, back-up dancers, or hypemen are allowed. It's just skill versus skill. Of course, special guest judges will be grading the performances each night (more on that later). The Top 6 from Brooklyn and Top 5 from Manhattan all advance to January's Championship, where they'll compete for the $1,000 prize and shot at Hip Hop Karaoke Champion.

Details on the Championship coming soon!

We'll be dropping updates on our blog and Twitter of course (you follow us, right?!). But for now, though, start spreading the word on the biggest hip-hop events of the year. Feel free to e-mail us at info[at]hiphopkaraokenyc[dot]com with any questions. Start practicing!

Hip Hop Karaoke – Brooklyn Regional
Friday, November 13
Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn
$5 with flyer/$8 without
Doors/Sign-up: 9:00 p.m.
Show: 10:00 p.m.

Hip Hop Karaoke – Manhattan Regional
Friday, December 4
Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St.
$5 with flyer/$8 without
Doors: 8:00 p.m.
Sign-up: 9:00 p.m.
Show: 10:00 p.m.

hot damn.


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