Spotlight: Hip Hop Karaoke
— 11 Feb 2018, 14:01 by Lauren Furey
On Friday 16 February, you're invited to come down and live out your rap fantasies in front of a live crowd; that's right, Hip Hop Karaoke is back in town! This event is perfect for anyone wanting to live out their hip hop fantasy; this is the event where YOU are the headliner. We've had people take to the BoxBar stage and throw down epic renditions of classic, old school, and brand new hip hop tracks, all in front of a live crowd. It's entertaining, it's exhilarating and it's all the work of one Mr Rob Pursey. We sat him down to find out how Hip Hop Karaoke came to life.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
I'm Rob Pursey, I am the founder and DJ for Hip Hop Karaoke, and Southern Hospitality. I run and promote parties around London and beyond; I've taken Hip Hop Karaoke to festivals, private parties and big brands. I also work as a music curator and broadcast my own radio shows on stations like Soho Radio and Radar. I'm a music fanatic who can't stop, won't stop!
How did the idea for Hip Hop Karaoke come about?
Just being at concerts all the time and seeing people rap their hearts out. I realised that someday hip hop would feature more in karaoke, and thought I might as well do it before any one else does; that was more than 10 years ago now.
What can visitors expect from this month's Hip Hop Karaoke at Boxpark Croydon?
They can expect the most welcoming vibe and a pure, good energy. We make sure all our performers get love, regardless of whether they're a pro rapper or can only manage a few bars! Hip Hop Karaoke is a great place to meet people, as it's such a communal energy with everyone supporting each other.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I really love all music, but hip-hop and R&B, from the late 80s onwards, is really where my heart lies. I once joked my favourite kinds of music are romance and riot music, so at home I'll probably be switching between Toni Braxton and Three 6 Mafia like it's nothing.
What is your go-to Hip Hop Karaoke classic?
For the few times I hit the stage, rather than rapping behind the decks, I would go with a pop-rap classic, something like Kriss Kross 'Jump'.
What does 2018 have in store for you?
We're taking Hip Hop Karaoke nationally and abroad, to larger festival stages and working with great venues doing innovative things, like with Boxpark and the Tate Modern.
Finally, what was the last song you listened to?
Chronixx 'Skankin Sweet'
Hip Hop Karaoke kicks off from 8pm this Friday 16 Feb - click here to register for your FREE tickets. You can also follow Hip Hop Karaoke on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.