Black Girls Kick it at Trap Karaoke
If you haven’t heard by now, Trap Karaoke is taking over the largest cities in the US in a very dope way.
Imagine attending a concert where you can sign up to perform or be randomly selected to come on stage to perform.
Not only that but imagine a space where music lovers come together to rap, sing, and show love to one another through the most influential cultural connection…music.
This was hands down my favorite event of the year and I’ll tell you why.
When I heard Trap Karaoke was coming to the House of Blues in Cleveland, I immediately purchased my $20 tickets and invited my best friend and her sister to come up for the weekend to join me.
Based off the buzz on social media and www.trapkaroke.com, I knew that I was in for something epic. What I did not know was that this was more than just an event.
It was bonding.
It was community building.
It was empowerment.
It was self-love.
I couldn’t help but notice all of the women and men with T-shirts that displayed some of the best black and beautiful quotes you’ve ever seen. You know, like:
“My black is beautiful”
“Dear racism, you got me messed up. Sincerely, These Hands.”
There was a sense of pride, joy, and of course magic that comes from simply being us.
So what can you expect from Trap Karaoke?
Radio personality Nile “Lowkey” Ivey and co- host journalist, Gia Peppers had no problems keeping the crowd hype along with DJ’s Quiana Parks and Austin Mills.
They shouted out the ladies who knew the words to all of the songs, the fellas who had the Milly Rock dance battle going on, and most importantly reminded us of why they do this.
It was a call to inspire us to action, black women and black men.
Calling us kings and queens and encouraging us to keep being great.
Acknowledging the need for us to continue to uphold that Black Lives Matter.
Imparting a sense of urgency for us to stick together as a community and lift each other up.
We are all we have. Our black is powerful and our black is beautiful. I appreciated this, so much.
Whether someone signed up to perform or if they were chosen as a Wild Card, everyone had to adhere to the rules. There was one way on the stage and off. If a performer didn’t make it within 30 secs, then they missed their opportunity. It happened with the very first participant showing that the organizers weren’t playing.
In typical karaoke, there is a screen with the words, but not in Trap Karaoke. The way you sing or rap the lyrics in your mirror, your car, and with your friends, that’s how you do it on the Trap Karaoke stage. The whole crowd can be rapping along with you, but when the DJ cuts the music, can you keep going or will you just stop?
No booing or mic dropping were allowed. Lowkey was right when he said that we have enough hatred and racism spewed at us in this world. The last thing we needed to do was boo each other.
Music. Lots of Music
My voice was gone by the end of the night. Old school rap, 90’s rap and R & B, today’s rap and even gospel. It truly embodied being at a concert.
Watching others get up on stage and perform was amazing. While it takes a lot of nerves to get up in front of a crowd, it doesn’t seem so bad when you’re in a room full of people cheering you on. It felt like family because we were all singing and rapping right along with them at the top of our lungs. It was all love.
My favorite part of the night was when they played several Kirk Franklin and the Family songs. However, when the DJs mixed Stomp with Lil Kim’s Crush on You, everyone had the same slightly offended but head bobbing response. It seemed so wrong but once her rap started, we quickly forgot that what we were thinking as we rapped along with her.
"...Shall I proceed? Yes indeed."
I am so glad that I experienced Trap Karaoke and shared the moment with my best friend. If you missed the chance to see what it was about, check out their website to see what cities they’re going to next.
In 2105, Jason Mowatt, a music festival promoter, had the vision to create a “user-generated concert” experience. A black owned business started for us, by us. Which makes it another reason why you should want to be a part of the Trap Karaoke wave.
I’m looking forward to it coming back to Cleveland next year. Hope to see you there!
Peace & Love,