In the mid-to-late 2000s, the "End of the Weak (EODub)" open mic in NYC was my favorite proving grounds for up and coming talent along with local legends in the rap game. You quickly learned how to rap with your chest out knowing cats like C-Rayz Walz, Immortal Technique, Pumpkinhead, Homeboy Sandman, and Mr. MFN eXquire were up later. Riddled with respect and raw talent, it was the perfect room to get comfortable with rapping in front of others. But no one really tells you how to rap at an open mic right? Odds are, you'll make some stupid mistakes going in blind like I did, so I put together a roadmap for optimizing your next open mic opportunity
I've been fortunate enough to DJ for a LOT of rappers and rap shows. Between open mics across the East Coast and sharing the stage with some really good rap buddies, I've been at the helm spinning for hundreds of sets. With that comes a lot of fun, and a lot of reality checks. I felt it was important to share some game with the next class of DJs looking to perform with rappers for the first time. If you're a rapper yourself, pass this on to your DJ if they aren't doing this stuff already.
Learn the Verses
Gig alert. I'll be rocking with my homies at Beat Haus tomorrow 10/4 at Trans Pecos. I'm always inspired being around the homies at Beat Haus. It's extra special since I've personally seen the founders work so hard at what they do. I've known co-founder Fresh Daily for years now and his creative and professional track record has been nothing but stellar. I met fellow co-founder DJ Jester at Dubspot, where he quickly became one of my favorite students spinning. Some people have a skill for scraping below the surface for rare gems. Jester is a damn jeweler.
Tomorrow should be fun. Pulling out the KP3 for that analog good good. Come through