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Def Jam Rapstar Searching for the UK's Best Young Lyricist

Posted by James Newton

In association with... Chipmunk.

Def Jam Rapstar has its sights set on being the number one music game this Christmas, and to gain a little extra awareness publisher Konami has teamed up with UK MC Chipmunk to search for the UK's best young lyricist.

Youngsters between 12 and 17 can enter the contest by uploading lyrics, sound or videos of their best flows, using backing tracks from top hip hop producer Just Blaze and DJ Premier.

Most terrifyingly of all, some schools may incorporate the contest into their English lessons, encouraging pupils to create and perform raps in class to express themselves.

If you're planning to enter this competition, feel free to share your entries below and allow the hip hop masters here at Kinectaku to offer their professional judgement and feedback.

DEF JAM RAPSTAR AND CHIPMUNK SEARCH FOR THE UK’S RHYME MASTER

London, England– November 23rd, 2010 – Chipmunk, in association with Def Jam Rapstar is on the hunt for the UK’s best lyricist having been named as a judge for a nationwide competition looking to test the language skills of school children across the UK.

The competition is open to young people aged between 12-17 years old and entrants can get involved by uploading their lyrics, audio or video files to the competition’s website - http://www.defjamrapstarschools.com. There will be downloadable backing tracks from top hip-hop producers including Jay-Z’s producer Just Blaze and DJ Premier who has worked with a range of artists including Christina Aguilera, Nas and Notorious B.I.G.

“It’s important for rappers to understand language” commented Chipmunk. “If you look predominantly at hip-hop superstars like Eminem, Jay-Z and new guys like Drake what they can do with words set them apart and their wider vocabulary help them go further - literacy rules.”

Chipmunk’s Rhyme-writing Tips:
Practice at different tempos - try slower tracks, faster tracks, different vocal tones.
Pay attention to your similes and metaphors - try and write a rhyme where people say, “Hey, that meant three different things.”
Be yourself and talk about what’s true to your life - small or large, someone will relate to you. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.

Many schools are already onboard and some young people could find the competition being used as part of their lessons. Students are asked to write or rap about something that is important to them or on subjects covered in class.

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