The countdown begins as one of Rap’s first reality competition shows ever prepares to hit television and with it comes an A-list lineup of Hip-Hop’s finest.
Earlier this Fall, rapper/mogul KXNG CROOKED (bka Crooked I) announced on Sway In the Morning that he would be delivering an all-rap competition series for 2015. The show is called One Shot, as Crooked — flanked by Sway, King Tech, and SMH Records CEO Mike Smith — will travel to eight cities across the country on the hunt for talent. The winner will take home a grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with SMH Records.
The stakes have gotten higher, as each week contestants will perform for celebrity judges to show them what they’ve got. The best of the best are on the roster. T.I., The Game, DJ Khaled, are among the most recently added to the One Shot celebrity judges pool. They will join the likes of RZA, Twista, Tech N9ne, Scarface, E-40, The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God, Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse, DJ Drama and more to come of the star-studded roster of Hip-Hop heavyweights who will judge the performers from week to week.
For months, rappers from all corners of the country have submitted their video entries to MyOneShot.TV in the hopes of getting their “one shot” at fame once they try out in their respective cities. Now, with the added bonus of rap celebrity judges, the pressure is on. Contestants will travel to their city, following their video submission, for an in-person tryout before Horseshoe G.A.N.G., KXNG CROOKED, King Tech, and Mike Smith.
They’ll be whittled down over the course of the weekend to a final four, who will enter a recording studio with producers Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith, King Tech, and other celebrity producers to get them ready for the main event, a final four face off in front of Sway, Tech, Crook, Smith, and the weekly celebrity judge, to determine who will represent each city in the season finale.
Journalists Kim Osorio and Kathy Iandoli will be on hand as well, helping us get to know each of the contestants. VIPs will also gather for the “Peanut Gallery” segment, hosted by ThisIs50’s own Jack Thriller. The winners will gather in Las Vegas for a season finale show, where the winner will be determined.
Target cities will include Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston with at least one celebrity judge in each city. Tune in for more news in the coming weeks about One Shot. For more information, please visit http://www.myoneshot.tv.
Cities and Dates:
Charlotte: January 9 – 11, 2015
Atlanta: January 23 – 25, 2015
Chicago: February 13 – 15, 2015
New York: February 20 – 22, 2015
Miami: March 6 – 8, 2015
San Francisco: March 13 – 15, 2015
Los Angeles: April 3 – 5, 2015
Houston: April 17 – 19, 2015