Scion’s 2005 NextUp contest
is winding down with one day in voting left in their nationwide unsigned MC
Over 1700 MC’s from across the country submitted tracks for a chance at winning
Scion: NextUp’s top prize: a marketing package valued at $50,000.
The top ten finalists were
selected by DJ Premier, Green Lantern and Sean Cane who Scion tapped to check
out and judge all of the entrants down to the top ten.
The top 10 rappers
are: Prophetix (Atlanta, GA), Lokey Da Problem Child of (Brooklyn, NY), The Chapter (Las Vegas, NV), EPIK (Cleveland, OH), Omega Red (Boston, MA), Brilliance
(Southfield,MI), Staxx (Taunton, MA), Boom Bap Project (Seattle, WA), Reach
(Kansas City , MO) and Hassaan Mackey and MoProducto as the top ten unsigned
acts in the country.
Unsigned artist Bavu Blakes
was a contestant, but was pulled from the contest due to controversial lyrics
referencing George Bush.
The top ten artists and
their songs are now featured on the Scion: NextUp website where their music
can be heard and voted on.
Votes must be in tomorrow (Sept. 29) to be counted and the emcee with the most
votes will be awarded the marketing package that will include a fully funded
music video, $5,000 dollars cash, and the opportunity to perform at Scion sponsored
events across the country.
According to Scion, the Scion: NextUp competitions were created to help create
a new avenue for talent to rise up and be heard. All of Scion’s winners keep
ownership of their masters and are free agents.