Not being a rapper myself, I am a pretty unlikely candidate to be a regular at a weekly freestyle open mic. Yet, for the last few months I have made an effort to not miss an instalment of “Can I Kick It” at Melbourne’s Horse Bazaar. The people on this list are part of the reason why I feel like I’m missing out if I don’t go.
So here we go, in no particular order:
Let’s kick it off with someone who is not just good at it, but also instrumental in giving others a place to showcase and practice their freestyle skills. The host of “Can I Kick It”, he’s the glue that holds it all together, skilfully tying together the performances of those who dare take the stage every Wednesday night. On rare occasions, when no-one in the room finds the confidence to hit the stage for a game, you might catch him engage and showcase how it’s done. Tom Kwan never dispappoints.
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I had met Tumi a few times, but had never thought of him as a freestyle MC, until I saw him play a freestyle game at Horse Bazaar. Luckily there is video evidence that also fits in nicely with the current Star Wars-mania. The topic was ‘Yoda’. Tumi; never disappoint he does.
Tumi killin it freestylePosted by Tommy Hern on Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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Really young still, and really dope. Mono’s got stage presence and energy for days. His message is positive and he flows like a veteran. There is a reason why the whole room is clapping their hands numb and cheering their throats sore after every session. You will understand, once you’ve seen him do his thing on a stage near you. Mono never disappoints.
Mister Litty is a man of many talents - rapper, beat smith and freestyler extraordinaire. His chilled, laid-back freestyle steez make it all seem effortless and easy, like nothing can through him off track. Mister Litty is highly consistent, delivering his witty, on-point lines, regardless of what beats or topics are thrown at him. Mister Litty never disappoints.
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Watching this dude is like watching two people completely unfazed by each other - one rapping and one constantly scanning the room for new freestyle fodder. Someone in the crowd sticks a random item up in the air, a few bars later that item makes an appearance in Philosoraptor’s rhyme, sounding like that word was always meant to be there - like he somehow knew someone was going to hold up a red cardigan. Philosoraptor never disappoints.
Probably the artist with the highest profile on this list, Hugo Farrant, also known as Hugo The Poet, or just Hugo. The UK-born MC came to internet fame after taking on the character of Robert Foster, the news anchor of the Juice Rap News, a series of YouTube clips that raked in views by the ten thousands. This dude is next level. Give him a topic and at first you’ll be like “Huh? Where is he going with this?”. Then, a few bars later, when it all falls into place, you’ll be like “DAMN!”. Hugo never disappoints.
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"Can I Kick It?" is back on in February, Wednesday nights at Horse Bazaar.