Urban / Hip Hop / Funk/Reggae

Urban music includes Hip Hop, Rap and R&B, often together. Sometimes it incorporates post-dubstep and Drum and Base.

Hip Hop is a music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It is also defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing, Rapping, DJing and Scratching. Other elements include sampling and beatboxing.

Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing it from R&B and soul songs, which are built on chord progressions. Funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic "hits".

Reggae Music is also can be entered in this category.

We are looking for:

  1. Strength of composition
  2. Originality
  3. Relevance to category
  4. Delivery of composition

Although recording quality and production values are not governing factors in this category, we expect a reasonable standard. A strong piece will be severely hampered either by poor delivery or recording. The winning piece will be the one which best meets these requirements.

If there are not enough entries in a category that you have entered to go ahead you will be contacted and given the choice receive a refund or if we can successfully contact you by the 9th of September 2017 we will offer you the opportunity to enter the same song into a different category that meets the criteria.