These days I enjoy making a living writing and teaching music, but at one point not too long ago my primary source of income was battle rapping. Yes, entering tournaments and spontaneously rhyming insulting someone over a beat was how I earned a living for a number of years. Tonight, September 16th, I'm competing in the Freestyle Mondays Off-The-Head Gameshow Battle at Congregation Beth Elohim. It's a 16 MC tournament where the topic of each round is determined by a giant spinning wheel or a Plinko board. The set-up is incredibly challenging and a bit peculiar as far as rap battles go, but it's not the only unique freestyle competition I've participated in. I once entered a rap battle at a Gospel Hip-Hop Festival.
Chaz Kangas Chaz Kangas in front of God Graffiti at the 2008 Gospel Hip-Hop Festival