Hip-Hop Hesteria Contest 2021
April in Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Festival invites submissions to the 2021 Hip Hop Hesteria contest. The contest consists of two rounds of evaluation + two virtual concerts + eight cash prizes.
ROUND 1: SUBMIT A RAP
Contestants will create a 3–5 minute rap (to their own beat) on the topic “Duo Pandemic”(Racism/COVID-19). Submit a recording to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight on January 8, 2021.
ROUND 2: SEMIFINALS
After the first-round evaluation, six semifinalists will receive $100 each. The contest will then distribute four new original beats for semifinalists to choose from to begin work recording their same rap over new background beats for the second round. The six new original beats provided will consist of four original hip-hop background beats (choose one), as well as two experimental jazz background beats from (choose one) for the Semifinals Concert.
Semifinalists will all perform in a virtual concert on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 7:30 pm. Two contest winners will be selected at that event.
CONTEST WINNERS & FINAL CONCERT
The two contest winners will each receive $500 and perform their rap to the Experimental Jazz beat in a second virtual concert along with the ensemble Hesterian Musicism on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 7:30 pm.
Contact Rahman Jamaal at email@example.com for more information.
Co-presented by the UCSC Music Department and Porter College, in association with Hesterian Musicism and Hip Hop Congress.
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Full Schedule of Events:
Submissions accepted Nov 1, 2020–Jan 8, 2021
Semifinalist concert Apr 23, 2021
Final concert Apr 30, 2021
FREE and open to all youth and students
Enter the contest by submitting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 8