Born in NYC: A Global Hip-Hop CompetitionEOW MC Challenge

As of 2016, the MC Challenge has been held in over 25 countries across 5 continents. Over a dozen countries are active each year, with entrants competing in regional competitions and the winner advancing to the National Finals. Every year, each nation sends one champion to represent their country in the annual World Finals, where one MC is crowned the new World Champion.

The first-ever MC Challenge was held during August, 2000 in the back of a restaurant in NYC’s Lower East Side and featured Immortal Technique and WebbaFied. Other Challengers and Champions include: Hasan Salaam, Jin, Iron Solomon, Immortal Technique, Pack FM, Pumpkinhead, Reef Da Lost Cause, Breez Evahflowin, C-Rayz Walz, Poison Pen and many more.

The MC Challenge was invented as the evolution of the MC Battle. We envisioned a unique competition that tests the most talented MCs on a wide set of skills. In the MC Challenge, contestants compete in five rounds: Beat Juggling, Written’s, A Capella’s, Cypha’s, and the crowd favorite: Freestyle Grab Bag.

During the event a panel of judges awards points for lyrics, creativity, stage presence, delivery and crowd reaction. We pride ourselves on the love of competition, the mutual respect and the talent level of the MCs who compete.

If you think you have what it takes to be crowned the next WORLD CHAMPION, leave a reply below.


  • Shan Jones December 13, 2015, 5:40 am Reply

    I’m interested in the CROWN

    • Chouffot Sesto September 11, 2016, 3:19 am

      I’m not interested in the crown I want the crown

    • Metoděj October 26, 2016, 8:25 am

      Where is our FLAG? Czech republic.. 🙂

    • LPMUSICGROUP February 15, 2017, 5:57 pm

      Where can I hear your music??

  • Precursor Mentality December 17, 2015, 10:35 pm Reply

    How, pray tell, does one get involved in this competition?

    • admin December 27, 2015, 2:30 pm

      Most of the MC Challenge contestants are invited by our staff after scouting their performances. But on the night of the MC Challenge, we have a Rhyme-off, with the crowd voting in the final contestant.

  • Viz February 2, 2016, 8:23 pm Reply

    Any more UK tournaments planned?

    • admin February 3, 2016, 10:37 am

      yes, definitely. I will pass your email on to the EOW UK team

    • admin February 3, 2016, 11:04 am

      you can also email Mas Law at masurugi (at) or DJ Snuff at djsnuffone (at)

    • Viz February 12, 2016, 8:21 am

      Thank you, much appreciated! Big up EOW!

  • DASH to da NAAS February 4, 2016, 4:24 pm Reply

    When and where is the MC challenge occurring… How do I become a part of the challenge??? Also how is it different from the open mic thrown every Sunday????

    • admin February 23, 2016, 5:20 pm

      The next MC Challenges are on March 27th and May 22nd. The MC Challenge is a competition where MCs are invited to perform based on seeing them rock at the open-mic (every Sunday). In the open-mic, people do 1 song or 2 verses with the DJ. In the MC Challenge, 4 pre-invited MCs, and 1 MC who is chosen by the crowd, compete in 5 rounds: Written, A Capela, Freestyle Grab Bag, Beat Juggling, Cypher Skills. Judges award points for Lyrics, Stage Presence, Creativity, Delivery/Flow and Crowd Response/Interation. Each season we choose 1 champion to represent each country in the global network, and send them to a World Finals.

      The next World Finals is Oct 25-31st in Geneva, Switzerland.

      To become part of the challenge, either come rock the open-mic (mention you are gunning for the challenge), or come on the night of the challenge and get in the rhyme-off where the crowd votes 1 person in.

  • Sibusiso Molefe February 29, 2016, 1:26 pm Reply

    I’m gunning for the Challenge, I’m in South Africa let me know how I can participate, where to show up and all. C tutor J is the name.

    • admin March 22, 2016, 10:29 pm

      Reach out to Projektah in South Africa: Projektah MC projektahmc [at]

  • Mark avila April 18, 2016, 8:37 pm Reply

    Im trying to get on this,heres my soundcloud account

  • Raw Royal June 17, 2016, 11:30 am Reply

    Aye , Brooklyn Reppin. Lemmie Know If Yall Want Some Bars

  • Maverick Matt Saxon June 21, 2016, 2:32 pm Reply

    Sign me up!

    • admin July 15, 2016, 12:51 pm

      Come through any Sunday and talk to the hosts!

  • Joshua Sammarro June 22, 2016, 10:26 am Reply

    i wanna participate in the mc challenge

    • admin July 15, 2016, 12:51 pm

      Come through any Sunday and talk to the hosts

  • Michael August 23, 2016, 4:43 pm Reply

    Let’s do this

  • Blake The Skorp August 23, 2016, 4:51 pm Reply

    I think I have what it takes to hold down the US. I was interested since I was told about it last Sunday and been studying up on what the MC challenge is. You guys are having the Challenge of Champions this Sunday right? Ik its going to be lit.

  • Miguel October 3, 2016, 11:27 am Reply

    How can I Get my boy/artist to participate?

  • Jay October 24, 2016, 12:12 pm Reply

    New to the game, but out for blood and the crown.

  • Dr neutron November 5, 2016, 1:40 am Reply

    I am interested in the crown

  • Christina November 27, 2016, 8:59 pm Reply

    Shaded Profit is performing tonight. Just starting out.

    Check him out! Listen to Still Walkin by Shaded Profit #np on #SoundCloud

  • Jon "Ditty" Didier December 5, 2016, 2:06 am Reply

    Hi, my name is Jon Ditty. I’m an upcoming rapper/emcee out of Tampa, Florida, and I will be in NYC on Sunday, December 18th. I am interested in participating/performing at EOW and would like to find out if there are any slots available and/or what is the process for signing up (what time should I arrive, etc). Thank you for your consideration.

  • Eric January 20, 2017, 10:37 am Reply

    Where does the MC Challenge take place?

  • Tyshawn Carthen March 12, 2017, 12:57 pm Reply

    I got what it takes
    Im gonna take the krown home with me

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