The First Annual Hip Hop Karaoke Championship, Friday, January 25

Daft Punk vs. Kanye? Spank Rock vs. Bjork? Hip-hop artists are invading every musical genre, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s time we all embrace our inner rapper… outside of the shower. Hip Hop Karaoke has been going strong for nearly three years in New York’s Knitting Factory, and we are taking the packed monthly event to the next level, the ultimate challenge, the CHAMPIONSHIP. This is NOT “Ice Ice Baby” over a fake beat in the back of a bar. There are no bouncing balls or cheesy screens. What you are going to witness at The Highline Ballroom on Friday, January 25, 2008 is going to kick in the door and make your booty bounce. Twelve of Hip Hop Karaoke’s best performers will be whipping out their flyest moves, performing hip-hop classics over original instrumentals for cash prizes to a diverse, enthusiastic crowd. This event is ages 16 and up and advance tickets are $12, $15 day of show.

For the Championship, the organizers have hand-picked a dozen performers to rock their favorite tracks from Hip Hop Karaoke’s eclectic song list of nearly 300 classic and current hip-hop songs. Over the course of three rounds, one participant will emerge as Hip Hop Karaoke Champion.

Started in December 2004, Hip Hop Karaoke has given thousands of people the opportunity to witness, and participate in, this unique celebration of hip-hop. Hip Hop Karaoke has been visited by such luminaries as Jeru the Damaja, Rhymefest and Big Daddy Kane (among many others) and has spawned affiliates all over the globe. Everyone from XXL to Spin to Village Voice to New York Magazine has sung Hip Hop Karaoke’s praises, and one look makes it easy to see why it’s New York’s most popular hip-hop event.

“Hip Hop Karaoke is an idea so good you’re shocked it hasn’t been thought of earlier.”
“Best of New York” (New York Magazine)

“Rap might have come late to the karaoke party, but it’s making up for lost time.” (Guardian)

“While hip-hop karaoke nights have been held across the U.S…the most successful and consistent event is New York City’s Hip-Hop Karaoke. HHK’s foundation is an eclectic song list that runs the gamut from classic favorites…to more obscure gems.” (XXL)

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“The party has gotten pretty big, with everyone from meek secretaries to wannabe Snoops busting bling, dropping rhymes and flowing crunk. Even more than a sound to hear, it’s really a sight to see.” (AOL Cityguide)

“America’s Wildest Parties” (Spin)

“Wildly popular” (URB)

“Exhilarating….Rewarding…Another stint on a stage is definitely coming.” ( First Person Review)

“Knowing all the words to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ isn’t considered ironic or humorous here. If you can spit every word to Big L’s “Put It On” without missing a beat, you’ll fit right in.” (Newsday)

“One of the Big Apple’s most innovative and talked-about nights.” (TNT)

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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