2Racks Rap Contest announces its first production of 2013 at Layla Lounge in Washington, DC., Sunday January 13th.. 2Racks is a Nation-Wide Original Song Contest started in 2010 by Sellassie and Inhouse Talent in San Francisco, CA. 2Racks Rap Contest stops in more than 12 cities from coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, DC, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Orlando & Seattle. 2Racks looks forward to coming to nation's capital for its first DC event.
The 2Racks Rap Contest is a fast-paced song competition for upcoming Hip Hop Artists to showcase original material, perform live and compete for a $2000 Cash Prize. The series is innovative, trendsetting, and authentic and is consistently packing clubs for new music. 2Racks number one objective is to provide live performance opportunities for independent artists to become more successful and self-sustaining. 2Racks is building a genuine network of Independent Rap Entrepreneurs, encourages artists to listen to each other's music and provides a priceless opportunity, a platform to be seen and heard in front of new audiences. 2Racks has produced 32 successful shows in its first two years and partnered nationally with Reverb Nation, Fusicology, the Hip Hop Congress and several local and regional promo companies, radio stations, studios and organizations. 2Racks Rap Contest has booked close to 1000 talented and emerging hip hop artists from across the country that have performed in front of industry professional and celebrity judges ranging from music supervisors, radio station music directors, on-air personalities, producers and artists. 2Racks Rap Contest is Independent Hip Hop, it invests in artists on the rise and respects and contributes to the Culture of Hip Hop.
About Sellassie: www.sellassiefrisco.com 2Racks Rap Contest creator, host and producer Sellassie, is the world's first Higherground Hip Hop Artist; he is a Social Justice Activist, Entrepreneur, Event Producer and Pioneer. He has carved his niche as a leading progressive voice in Hip Hop and as a force in bringing independent artists together. With an acclaimed and award-winning debut release, I'm Tryin' to Make a Livin' Not a Killin', a recent follow-up, Sins of Your Forefathers and a brand new single, Stop Hatin in the Bay Remix by Traxamillion, this trendsetting emcee has garnered a street level buzz with a fresh perspective. Sellassie is proof that there are young black artists that can make music that is creative, street, positive and smart. He stands firm to his message, has a charismatic presence and is evidence that not every rapper raps negatively, glorifying drugs, guns, women, money or their ego. He is also the creator, producer and host of the Independent Artist Series, We All We Got, The 2Racks Rap Contest and Undiscovered Tour. Producing over 200 shows on the calendar in the last few years in over 15 markets nationwide, the series have distinguished themselves as premier outlets for independent artists. He is also working with many social, political and youth based initiatives, and is a contributor to various special projects including the film, It Doesn't Cost Nothin' to Dream. Sellassie is grounded; a confident and refreshing emcee in an industry plagued with commercialism, materialism, negativity and drama. Sellassie utilizes his music and events as a vehicle for social change and inspiration, and he regularly states that he 'wants to be in the history books, not the pop charts."
Sellassie has shared the stage with many great artists; Saul Williams, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Raekwon, The Indigo Girls, KRS-One, The Goodie Mob, Mos Def, Sly and Robbie, Vieux Farka Toure, dead prez, Radio Active, Rebelution, Warren Haynes, Goapele, The Hieroglyphics, Mr. FAB, Camp Lo, Pharoahe Monch, Ise Lyfe, Namkha Rinpoche, One Block Radius, Lyrics Born, Kev Choice, Martin Luther, Silk-E, The Mighty San Quinn, The Jacka & The Hustla, Bayonics and Zion I among hundreds independent artists
Layla Lounge (View)
501 Morse Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002