What is Take Back the Mic?

The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back The Mic shines a spotlight on the artists, fans, and communities finding expression and empowerment through Hip Hop culture around the world. More than just a travel show or a music contest, Take Back The Mic is a movement.

Be part of an artist's journey from Local Legend to Global Star by listening to, watching and "amping" their music on amp.it.

Watch The World Cup of Hip Hop Season 2

Take Back the Mic traveled to The Dominican Republic to meet the three semifinalists chosen by amp.it users. Here are their stories:

Episode 1 -

Chico White:

A poet emerges from a neglected corner of the Dominican Republic

Episode 2 -


The godfather of Dominican Hip Hop doubles as BMX champ

Episode 3 -


A lyrical magician uses his skills to uplift his family

Getting Started:

For Artists:

For Fans:

We've accepted submissions from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the USA. We will also be taking entries from Cuba.

The 3 top-scoring artists from each country will get to star in the series. The 3 top-scoring artists overall will get to perform live at our 360-degree virtual reality venue in Los Angeles, California.

3 fans, the top-scoring fan from each finalist country, will join the artists in Los Angeles!

No celebrity judges. Fans choose who wins the Golden Mic!

What is amp.it?

Built by musicians, amp.it is the easy-to-use fan engagement technology that powers The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back the Mic by allowing artists and fans to collaborate to build a movement around their music.