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THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 22ND COME CHECK THE ILLEST EMCEE COMPETITION AROUND! THESE DUDES BEEN PUTTIN IN WORK!!!
THE CREATORS OF RHYME CAL:
Thelonious Stretch is a freestyle extraordinaire, director, and master cook. Originally from Pittsburgh, Stretch spent 6 years in New York City honing his craft at the EOW (End of the Weak) open mic at Pyramid in the East Village while fronting hip-hop bands Natural Selection and Closer to Mars. He won several EOW Mic Challenges and was a finalist in the EOW Challenge of Champions. He wrote and directed an interactive urban musical called AudioSuite before returning to Pittsburgh where he co-created Rhyme Calisthenics.
Armstead Brown is a producer, beatmaker, keyboardist and music educator. Originally from Long Island he spent a few years living and performing in New York City before moving to Pittsburgh to pursue a Masters in musicology. In 2005 Brown co-founded the genre-bending hip-hop medley band Eviction Notice. As a producer Brown has worked with numerous independent artists including The Dugout, Queen GodIs, Subcon, and Gene Stovall. In 2007 he self-released his debut album Fieldwork. When he’s not producing beats or managing Rhyme Calisthenics, Brown teaches keyboard and music production to high school students in Pittsburgh.
Rhyme Calisthenics is an MC competition that combines the intensity of a rap battle with the excitement and unpredictability of a game show. While rap battles only require one skill – the ability to diss one's opponent – Rhyme Calisthenics is the true test of an MC's versatility, creativity and swagger.
Our competition is based around our six foot game show wheel known as "The Wheel of Skillz." The Wheel has 12 different rap challenges designed to test a wide range of real life rap skills from freestyles to writtens, from concepts to delivery.
In each competition 16 MC's compete in four elimination rounds. And yes the final round is a classic head-to-head battle but you have to go up against "The Wheel" in three rounds before you get to the battle. In each round a panel of three judges award scores and determine who advances and who gets eliminated. Judges award points in three categories: originality/creativity, delivery/swagger, and execution of the challenge. In the event of a tie the crowd is the tie-breaker. The winner walks away with cash money, prizes and ultimate bragging rights.
Rhyme Calisthenics was founded in Pittsburgh in 2007 and in 2009 the Rhyme Calisthenics circuit expanded to include New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. Rhyme Calisthenics is open to all MC's, rappers, freestylists, poets and anyone else who is fresh enough and brave enough to take on the Wheel of Skillz. If you think you have what it takes to be a Rhyme Calisthenics Champion then go to their registration page and fill out the form.
GO FOR THE TITLE! TEST YINZ SKILLS!