Punchlines – This includes similes, metaphors, and overall lyricism.
Flow – This includes things such as cadence and breath control. Higher points will be granted to those who are able to showcase multiple types of flow.
Presence – This includes your voice and tone. We picked up-tempo beats on purpose. We don’t want to hear any submissions where your voice sounds like you’re falling asleep or singing a lullaby.
Uniqueness/Creativity – The more creative you are with what you’re saying, execution, overall techniques, or approach, the more points you will receive.
Sound Quality – Basically, make sure it sounds clean. We don’t want any submissions that you recorded through a voice memo on your phone and decided to send in.
Every category was scored by using a point system. The most points one was able to achieve for each category was 5 points, which means the scale ran from 0-5 points. Kas and I individually scored each submission, then tallied up the points, and found the average of each summation
We provided two instrumentals (J Dilla’s “Cold Steel” or DJ Premier’s “The Format”) and told our contestants to choose one of the two to freestyle/write a free verse to. Their time limit was two minutes and thirty seconds, and the deadline was May 4, 2012.
Anyway, that’s enough of that. We will be posting the top 5 freestyles (of the ones who barely missed the cut) on the site (along with their contact info) sometime soon!
The moment you have all been waiting for, here are the Womazing Freestyle contest winners, their averaged scores, their prizes, and their submissions:
3rd place: J Nolan – The average between the two scores J. Nolan was given, was a 4.35. As the third place winner, J. Nolan gets a written review on a song or project of his choice.
2nd place: Chris Morris – The average between the two scores Chris Morris was given, was a 4.4. As the second place winner, Chris Morris gets an exclusive interview on the site.
Drum roll, please!
1st place: Dominique Larue – The average between the two scores Dominique Larue was given, was a 4.6. As the winner of the contest, Dominique will be added to the roster of our next Womazing show in Florida. Womazing will pay for her flight there and back and also for her stay in Florida!
Congratulations to the winners! As you can see, it was very close and very tough to score. Thank you to everyone who participated! We loved being a part of this, and we will be thinking of more competitions in the future!
UPDATE from Kas: I just want to say thank you to everyone that participated! And also, we apologize for the horrible delay. We appreciate each and every one of you that supports us!