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Emcees Duke it Out at Calgary’s First Freestylimpics

Emcees Duke it Out at Calgary’s First Freestylimpics The Freestylimpics bring battle, creativity and community collaboration to the foreground, with emcees duking it out freestyle for pride and prizes on March 23, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the National Music Centre. Organized in a cooperative effort by local crews ContraVerse and Jazzlib Collective.
Calgary’s underground Hip Hop scene has finally begun to surface, and those in tune with goings on have had their eyes opened at the strength, talent, and community present across the city.
The vision for this event will be to draw together contrasting genres of the emcee community while awarding skill and celebrating diversity.
Hosted by the dedicated local Calgary hip hop MC pioneer Teekay from Dragon Fli Empire, and fresh face MC Jaynova, these hosts will guide competitors through various categories to test the depth of local emcee’s skill sets in freestyle:
1)  7 to smoke - Individual head to head battles
2)  Creativity Jam - Individual artistic improv rap
3)  Main Event - Crew Battle -ContraVers

e vs. Jazzlib Collective
To break up the competition, visual art, Djs, and B-Boys/B-Gurls will represent their art forms as part of the night’s entertainment. To kick things up one more notch, local emcee and spoken word poet Sabo Forte will join the judges in showcasing their talents.
Judges include the always innovative veteran Ricca Razorsharp (Blades of Steel), co-founder/co-organizer of 10@10 RS Poe, and local emcee turned poetic artist educator Pleasant.
The long-term vision is quarterly events with a large crew battle once a year.  Other art forms will eventually join the battle components to create events with cross-genre competition and noteworthy awards for local talent.
Sponsors for this event include Hip Hop For Humanity, the Calgary Gymnastics Centre, Subway, Hip Hop Canada and The Athlete Factory.  Additionally, competitors will compete for studio time at Brotherman Studios and exclusive rights to beats by Harm Productions.
The Freestyliminaries will be conducted throughout January and February in the form of street cyphers in order to determine battle contenders.
For more info please contact:
Rebecca Dawn