By Tara Bennett
Outside of Kevin Gates and Boosie Badazz, many people would be hard pressed to say Baton Rouge produces successful hip-hop and rap acts. While a show from local celebs are rare, the Baton Rouge rap scene has a wealth of talent ready to make its own mark.
As a way to push the underground music scene forward, Moonbombing Media and Corporate Slave Productions are hosting The Weigh In, a live, judged-based freestyle rap battle at the Spanish Moon on Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
This is the third installment of The Weigh In, which originally started out as giving opportunities for underground hip hop artists who weren’t getting any recognition or stage time.
“We would take bigger name artists and put them onstage and add lesser known artists in between them and kind of get pointers from the already established artists like where to go for recording, what you should do with your show, what was good about your show, what was bad about your show,” said local rapper M.c. Docsta, who serves as one of the organizers of the event.
The event evolved from its first format into a freestyle rap contest where contestants compete for $200 prize money, studio time and recognition. There are four regular events held in the fall, and then all four winners compete against each other in a grand finale. In the spring, a producer-edition is done in the same format. According to Docsta, the next goal is to make the series into a television show.
“This is a good way to get people to compete with each other and put their best effort forward and we help them out after that,” said Docsta. “There’s a lot of really good, talented hip-hop artists around here…A lot of these rappers don’t even know each other exist so when they come into competition against each other they start to meet, get to know each other and form these smaller artist communities.”
For the finale, judges include Young Gage, Wasso and L Franchise with MCs Fierabbit Earthchilde and Lucky Starr. Performing live will be the current Weigh In champion Toon with beats provided by EDUK8.
“There have been a lot of artists that have come on that have been discovered,” said Docsta. “Artists that weren’t really known a whole before came in and battled, and people got the chance to really hear them and they gained a following. You’re gonna get a chance to hear music from artists you’ve never heard from before.”
Tickets for the event cost $10. For those interested in performing at The Weigh In, contact Docsta at moonbombingmedia.com.