Freestyle represents hip-hop in its purest form – authentic self-
expression that achieves a universal truth. Although rap has taken on many different forms over the
years, nothing can compare to the raw power of spontaneous rhymes being spit by an emcee artist
who’s seen it, lived it and feels it. That’s why music mogul Kevin Liles and mega producer London On Da
Track are partnering with Verizon to inspire the next generation of rappers with the #freestyle50
challenge, a national talent competition in search of the next voice of hip-hop.
Merging hip-hop and technology, the #freestyle50 challenge provides up-and- coming artists a platform
to showcase their skills and pursue hip-hop stardom. The competition will award one grand prize winner
a single record deal with Liles’ 300 Entertainment – where their debut song will be produced by London
On Da Track, $10,000 and an opening for a 300 Entertainment artist. To enter, artists must post a video
of themselves freestyling over Tee Grizzley’s “No Effort” instrumental on Instagram or Twitter, using
hashtag #freestyle50challenge and tagging @Verizon and @300Ent. The deadline for entries is Friday,
August 4th. For complete rules and guidelines, visit: http://verizon.com/about/freestyle50challenge.
Now in its second year, the #freestyle50 challenge was inspired by Verizon’s 8GB for $50 prepaid offer
available exclusively at Walmart. This year, Samsung has joined #freestyle50 as an official sponsor with
their J3 smartphones to give upcoming artists a shot to win the gig of a lifetime.
“#Freestyle50 is about you. It’s your truth and your present. It’s a search for storytellers who have
something to say. It’s about creators who thrive on self-expression,” said Kevin Liles, 300 Entertainment
Co-Founder. “We all freestyle in one way or another. Show us what you got.”
“Although social media has helped aspiring artists find an audience, access to real opportunities are still
far and few between,” said London On Da Track. “The goal of #freestyle50 is to discover that one artist
who has the potential to be a new voice for hip-hop and supply them with the resources and support
they need to realize that potential.”
#Freestyle50 launched on July 18 in New York with a star-studded evening event, and featured live
performances by Busta Rhymes and Tee Grizzley and music by DJ Camilo and DJ Enuff.
Entries will be judged on talent, creativity and originality. Twenty-five semi-finalists will be invited to
compete in on-air rap battles at radio stations in Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston and Los
Angeles. Eight national finalists will be selected to compete live at the #freestyle50 cypher in Los
Angeles on August 30th, where the 2017 #freestyle50 challenge champion will be crowned.
“#Freestyle50 is a celebration of a lyrical art form that transcends cultures and empowers communities,”
said Jessica Cecile Thorpe, Verizon Corporate Communications Manager, Cultural Engagement and CSR.
“We’re using technology to reinvigorate the freestyle game while transforming lives in the process.”
Think you have what it takes? Here’s how to enter:
- Post a video of yourself freestyling to Tee Grizzley’s “No Effort” instrumental on Twitter or Instagram.
- Use the hashtag #freestyle50challenge and tag @Verizon and @300Ent. Deadline for entry is August 4.
- The nation’s top eight freestylers will have the opportunity to battle it out at a live #freestyle50 cypher event in Los Angeles.
- A single record deal with 300 Entertainment produced by London on da Track
- $10,000 cash
- The chance to open for a 300 Entertainment artist on tour
Time left to enter the challenge:
Post your video to Twitter and Instagram before 11:59 pm ET Friday, August 4.
Don’t forget to tag #freestyle50challenge and mention @Verizon and @300Ent.
- Performances will be judged based on lyricism, creativity, originality and flow.
- Only one person per video.
- Keep it clean – no profanity.
Learn more about #freestyle50 by visiting: http://verizon.com/about/freestyle50challenge