Don’t Drop The Mic!
Bogobiri hosts a new movement in town!
Don’t Drop the Mic is a rap and hip-hop based show designed to encourage artists to step up to the mic and showcase their lyrical talent. The name is an expression of one’s ability to hold on to the mic by displaying talent that will captivate the attention of the listeners.
The launch of Don’t Drop the Mic took place on August 1st, 2015, and despite it being the first event, there was no seating left and very little standing room. The atmosphere was exciting and the audience was at attention the moment a would-be rapper would step on to the stage and take the mic.
It was more than rap, to even the casual observer. The rappers were given themes and forced to freestyle on the spot, thereby displaying not only their voice, and their style but also their ability to call words to their use at a moment’s notice. They were given very little time before they had to rap. As though that wasn’t hard enough, they were timed and compared to the rappers who came before and after.
Rap is often dismissed as the less worthy brother of poetry. Nonetheless, it cannot be forgotten that, for many, rap is an outlet for pent up feelings and experiences, just like poetry. The difference lies in the platform used for expression. Rapping is so named because the words are delivered to a beat and are often spoken in a frenzy. The English verb ‘rap’ has various meanings, such as “to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow”, as well “to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out a command.” It is the beat that distinguishes rap from spoken word.
Rhyming is the strongest poetic tool used by rappers. The difficulty often lies in coming up with several words in the same rhyme scheme without losing the meaning of the piece. The rhyming also assists in quickening the pace and assisting in the rhythm of the piece.
The founders of Don’t Drop the Mic – Joshua Iyamu, Akin Solanke and Femi Aribisala – recognized that there was no outlet for young Nigerian rappers who enjoy the art of rapping and either don’t intend to make a career out of it, or do intend to and have no platform to display their skills. By providing this platform, they were able to simultaneously provide those looking for where to go on a Saturday evening with another venue. The founders are young men with their 9 to 5, who came together to create a space in Nigeria for their passions.
And this is the Nigeria that is growing underground whilst the average man lives his life not knowing that rappers are hitting on the issues that we face in ways that are creative and insightful. Do our leaders know that when they sleep, the future of Nigeria gather in bars and lounges and rap out their disappointments and frustrations?
Don’t Drop the Mic will take place every Saturday, except for the last Saturday of the month.
July 29, 2019
June 28, 2019