AU Hip hop artist James 'The Kid' Williams to compete in Word Adelaide Festival
Property Here - Monday, July 29, 2013
James Williams, aka The Kid, will compete in a freestyle rapping competition as part of the Word Adelaide Festival. Source: News Limited
A DECISION to exchange real estate for rhymes is starting to pay off for James "The Kid" Williams.
Williams, of Glen Osmond, left his job in real estate eight months ago to pursue a career in hip hop.
The artist, who released his EP Never Growing Up last month, will take part in the Freestyle MC Competition as part of the Word Adelaide festival next month.
MCs will compete in acapella, beatbox and instrumental sections across several divisions.
The event is being overseen by PJ Murton who took the Hilltop Hoods from the Adelaide music scene to the international stage.
Williams, 28, whose MC name is inspired by an appearance that belies his years, has been rapping for about a decade.
The freestyle competition will be a true test of MCs' skills, he says.
"It's (freestyling) like riding a bike - at first you're a bit unsteady but you develop skill over time," Williams says.
"Freestyling for me is the real essence of hip hop - to be able to rap off the top of your head.
"It's a real test of skill."
He also believes the Word Adelaide competition is a turning point for the music genre.
"It's something that the scene has needed really badly," he says.
"It's branding it away from the underground scene to focus on the poetry side of hip hop.
"In this competition I think you get marks deducted for swearing which is good because when you're freestyling it's so easy to fill the gaps with swear words."
Williams will also travel to Canada in late August to compete in US hip hop entertainment company King of the Dot's international World Domination battles.
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