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The Rap Contest Presented by Sellassie
Various Venues, See Upcoming Dates below
, CA
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General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

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General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

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General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

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General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

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Admission Level Price Quantity
General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
General $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)


The Rap Contest Presented by Sellassie
The Rap Contest is a live original song competition series started in 2010 by Sellassie with Inhouse Talent.  The event is a platform for independent artists and has showcased some of the top upcoming talent you haven't heard yet.  


  Friday, June 22, 2018
  The Airliner
  2419 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031
  18+ venue

  Friday, June 29, 2018
  City Pub
  4977 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
  21+ venue

  Sunday, July 1, 2018
  Velvet Jones
  423 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  21+ venue

  Friday, July 6, 2018
  Tiki Bar
  1700 Placentia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  21+ venue

  Thursday, July 12, 2018
  The Other Place
  2003 Yosemite Blvd, Modesto, CA 95354
  21+ venue

  Saturday, July 14, 2018
  The Garage
  1091 Scandia Ave, Ventura, CA 93004
  21+ venue
  Thursday, July 19, 2018
  BackBar SoFa
  418 South Market St, San Jose, Ca 95113
  21+ venue

  Friday, July 20, 2018
  Fulton 55
  875 Divisadero St, Fresno, CA 93721
  21+ venue

  Saturday, July 21, 2018
  Haven Underground
  226 Broad St, Nevada City, Ca 95959
  21+ venue

The Rap Contest, originally called 2Racks Rap Contest, is a fast-paced song competition for upcoming hip-hop artists to showcase original material, perform live and compete for a cash prize.  The series is innovative, trendsetting, and authentic and is consistently packing clubs for new music.  The Rap Contest number one objective is to provide live performance opportunities for independent artists to become more successful and self-sustaining.  The Rap Contest is building a genuine network of independent rap entrepreneurs, encourages artists to listen to each others music and provides a priceless opportunity; a platform to be seen and heard in front of new audiences.  

The Rap Contest has produced 119 successful competitions in its first seven years and has awarded over $93,000 in cash prize money hand to hand to independent artists.   Partnered with several local and regional promo companies, radio stations, studios and organizations, The Rap Contest has booked over 1500 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.  The 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:
The Rap Contest creator, host and producer Sellassie, is the worlds 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, Im Tryin to Make a Livin Not a Killin, 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, money or their ego.  He is also the creator, producer and host of the Independent Artist Series, The Rap Contest, We All We Got and Undiscovered Tour.  Producing over 200 events since 2009 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 member of the #Frisco5, a 17-day hunger strike that ousted SFPD Chief due to department police brutality and racial bias issues in 2016.

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;  Rakim, Saul Williams, KRS-One, The Goodie Mob, Mos Def, Sly and Robbie, Vieux Farka Toure, dead prez, Redman and Method Man, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Alanis Morissette, Raekwon, The Indigo Girls, Radio Active, Rebelution, Warren Haynes, Goapele, The Hieroglyphics, Mr. FAB, Camp Lo, Pharoahe Monch, Ise Lyfe, Namkha Rinpoche,  Medusa, One Block Radius, Lyrics Born, Kev Choice, Martin Luther, Silk-E, The Mighty San Quinn, The Jacka, The Husalah, Bayonics,  Zion I, Rah Digga, Rappin 4-Tay, Jelly Bread, Vinnie Paz, Keith Murray, Richie Rich, 2Mex and Jennifer Johns among hundreds independent artists.


Various Venues, See Upcoming Dates below (View)

, CA
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: The Rap Contest
On BPT Since: Jun 25, 2010
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