Daft Punk vs. Kanye? Spank Rock vs. Bjork? Hip-hop artists are invading every musical genre, and we couldnâ€™t be more excited! Itâ€™s time we all embrace our inner rapperâ€¦ 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 Karaokeâ€™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 Karaokeâ€™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.
â€œHip Hop Karaoke is an idea so good youâ€™re shocked it hasnâ€™t been thought of earlier.â€
â€œBest of New Yorkâ€ (New York Magazine)
â€œRap might have come late to the karaoke party, but itâ€™s making up for lost time.â€ (Guardian)
â€œWhile hip-hop karaoke nights have been held across the U.Sâ€¦the most successful and consistent event is New York Cityâ€™s Hip-Hop Karaoke. HHKâ€™s foundation is an eclectic song list that runs the gamut from classic favoritesâ€¦to more obscure gems.â€ (XXL)
â€œThe 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, itâ€™s really a sight to see.â€ (AOL Cityguide)
â€œAmericaâ€™s Wildest Partiesâ€ (Spin)
â€œWildly popularâ€ (URB)
â€œExhilaratingâ€¦.Rewardingâ€¦Another stint on a stage is definitely coming.â€ (Vibe.com First Person Review)
â€œKnowing all the words to â€˜Ice Ice Babyâ€™ isnâ€™t considered ironic or humorous here. If you can spit every word to Big Lâ€™s â€œPut It Onâ€ without missing a beat, youâ€™ll fit right in.â€ (Newsday)
â€œOne of the Big Appleâ€™s most innovative and talked-about nights.â€ (TNT)