What is Take Back the Mic?

The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back The Mic shines a spotlight on the artists, fans, and communities finding expression and empowerment through Hip Hop culture around the world. More than just a travel show or a music contest, Take Back The Mic is a movement.

Be part of an artist's journey from Local Legend to Global Star by listening to, watching and "amping" their music on amp.it.

Watch The World Cup of Hip Hop Season 2

Take Back the Mic traveled to The Dominican Republic and Mexico to meet the six semifinalists chosen by amp.it users. Here are their stories:

Episode 1 -

Chico White:

A poet emerges from a neglected corner of the Dominican Republic

Episode 2 -


The godfather of Dominican Hip Hop doubles as BMX champ

Episode 3 -


A lyrical magician uses his skills to uplift his family

Episode 4 -


The #1 Spanish-language battle rapper in the world does it all for his kids

Episode 5 -

Danger AK:

This cerebral MC came to the big city to achieve his dream: to uplift others through Hip Hop

Episode 6 -


This talented crew from Mexico's biggest hood bring the lyrical fire

Episode 7 -

Ill Skillz:

A BBoy crew takes their street skills to the classroom

Episode 8 -

4ESK Crew:

This acrobatic trio show how Hip Hop was born in Medellin

Episode 9 -

Luma Y Zeta:

These BGirls took "I can't" out of their vocabulary and it's paying off.

Getting Started:

For Artists:

For Fans:

We've accepted submissions from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the USA. We will also be taking entries from Cuba.

The 3 top-scoring artists from each country will get to star in the series. The 3 top-scoring artists overall will get to perform live at our 360-degree virtual reality venue in Los Angeles, California.

3 fans, the top-scoring fan from each finalist country, will join the artists in Los Angeles!

No celebrity judges. Fans choose who wins the Golden Mic!

What is amp.it?

Built by musicians, amp.it is the easy-to-use fan engagement technology that powers The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back the Mic by allowing artists and fans to collaborate to build a movement around their music.