Now that they have hit the mark of their 6th edition of Hip Hop Karaoke at Le Belmont, the event is somewhat established and word of mouth has brought more and more people to the night. Not just hip hop fans, we've had people from all walks of life contribute to the fun.
Burlesque dancers, famous comedians in town for Just For Laughs, and middle-aged professionals have all hit the stage to do renditions of their favorite rap songs. But before the buzz was spreading, one of the best promo tools to get the word out was the YouTube channel, where every single performance has been archived. So for the 6th edition taking place October 15th at Le Belmont, producer Morgan Steiker like to share with you his 6 favorite videos from Hip Hop Karaoke Montreal.
Now, the question is, which track will you do?
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme (Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince) by SpleenZilla
"Definitely one of the most memorable moments at HHK. My buddy had been talking to me about his song for weeks before the event and we were both getting so excited about it. He was just beyond ready. He told DShade, our host, to make sure not to announce the song he was doing so when the beat dropped, it was a surprise and the crowd went crazy. And this is a song everybody knows, which is always a good thing to keep in mind when you decide to hit the stage."
Juicy (Notorious B.I.G) by Sac Mac & Friends
"This is a great example of a what to do and what NOT to do at the same time. This girl drops the n-word twice, which is totally forbidden at HHK, whether you are black or white. Only one of two rules we have along with "no freestyling." We usually give people three strikes before they have to get off stage. She said it twice... but once she started rapping, it was very easy to forgive her. That girl is a star. And her awesome background vocalists added an element we didn't have at HHK up until that point. Inspiring."
Bombs over Bahgdad (Outkast) by Dr. 80 & Deprisk
"For a lot of people, this is hands down the best performance at HHK to date. I would tend to agree. First of all, this song must be one of the hardest songs to perform in the world. It's so fast and crazy. These guys had been doing it at regular karaoke for some years. But never to a crowd like this...They came and conquered and they are now repeat performers. Watch in full, your jaw will drop."
Work It (Missy Elliot) by Sugah and Spice
"Sugah and Spice! We were all hoping and asking ourselves when somebody would finally do a Missy Elliot song. At our 5th edition last month, it happened. Between the outfits, the attitude, and the amazing crowd participation, this was definitely a tough act to follow. Believe it or not, more than 50% of performers at HHK are females. A lot of times, some girls will just take really gangsta misogynistic songs and re-appropriate them into their own. In this case, these two took a rap girl anthem and ran with it. Much props."
Intergalactic (Beastie Boys) by 3 White Guys
"This is pretty self-explanatory. Three white guys doing "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys with full-on suits and the exact moves from the orginal video. Funky. Daring. The crowd loved it. We really encourage people to bust out whatever they have to make the performance more exciting. Costumes, theatrics, and anything that can help you step out of yourself and into your performance is always welcome."
Simon Says (Pharaoh Monch) by Chaka Khan and White Ghost
"This performance is special to me because it was done by friends of mine and it was a long time in the making. There's always that moment before people hit the stage where you look at them and can sense a bit of nervousness or anxiety. But with these two, I don't know what was going on in their head but it seemed to me that they were calm, collected, and ready to tear the roof off the building, which they did. "Simon says get the fuck up!!""