Think you have what it takes to be the next great MC? Well, now’s your chance to prove it. MTV News' own Sway Calloway announced Monday (September 29) that he and Crooked I will work together for the first-of-its-kind rap competition series, "One Shot."
Billing itself as a "battle where hip-hop and competition are the stars," the show will allow MCs to compete for the title of hip-hop's next superstar, a record deal with SMH Records and $100,000 cash money.
"This is strictly for hip-hop," Crooked I said on Shade 45's "Sway in the Morning." "This right here is to provide a platform for hip-hop, for us. If you're an up-and-coming artist, I had the same struggle. I had the same everything you got. I'm just like you. This is for us. Strictly hip-hop."
DJ King Tech of "The Wake Up Show" and SMH Records CEO Mike Smith will join the Slaughterhouse rapper and the MTV correspondent as they venture to Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, New York, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles to evaluate the entrants' skills on the mic.
In addition to featured industry professionals, a special celebrity judge from each city will contribute to the panel's assessment of each upstart lyricist's performance. Viewers will also get to learn about each contestant and their personal story, from interviews conducted by journalists Kim Osorio and Kathy Iandoli.
The final-four contestants will then be chosen to advance to each city's main event, where they will work with SMH Records co-founder Jonathan Hay, Mike Smith, Tech and the Apex Predator MC on the songs they will perform. In the end, the judges will decide whether or not the competitors have the bars and presentation to move on to the final showcase in Las Vegas hosted by Sway.
To enter, rappers can go to www.myoneshot.tv to download one of the many available instrumentals, produced by Hay and Smith, for their initial submission.
"I believe in tomorrow's rap stars,” says Crooked I. "I believe in giving them a bigger platform to be heard. I believe that I could help somebody get one shot because that's all I ever wanted."