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Title: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: freehiphopnow on March 22, 2005, 06:14:45 PM
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Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water

Alright, I’mah call myself a veteran emcee at this point and start the professorship on emceeing. So you can post hatefully, ignore me, talk bad, or absorb some of what I’m saying. Basically I’mah point out some things that may be helpful in your endeavors on the mic.

The thing that makes an emcee a great emcee on stage, is the fact that he knows that he is one. The confidence in every word he says. If he doesn’t believe in what he’s saying; why should his audience?

An emcee even before he approaches a stage for his performance should be in the mind set to move the crowd and connect with them. As an emcee you have the responsibility of engaging your audience while making them understand their place. It’s like having control of you class if you’re a teacher. An emcee should be able to make it look easy, but still initiate that energy that let’s the crowd know where they stand. Like this is what I do, this is what you do. And you must respect me for it.

One of the most important things that leads to crowd control and adds to your overall stage presence is knowing your material like the back of your hand. Being able to spit it accappella, with a dj droppin the beat in and out or with a live band; Even, when the track gets switched, if you know your material, you won’t be preoccupied with trying not to mess up, and you’ll focus better on your performance. Try not to unleash new stuff that you just don’t have down because it may decrease you credibility. Seriously, if you can’t spit yah darts and word gets around you may end up with a lot of adversity when you get on stage and the last thing you need when you get up there is a bunch of hecklers.

There’s nothing wrong with practicing in front of a mirror or more importantly, watching footage of your shows, even open mics, so you can see for yourself how dumb you may look. (I hosted a show for this documentary, and realized how much I touched my crouch on stage. Now I know to keep my hands at my side.)

A couple more things for I go.

1. Don’t be a fool and get tangled up in a mic cord. Tah Phrum Da Bush will tell you that!

2. Don’t yell into mics. Make sure you can get a sound check if possible before all shows. If you can’t, communicate with the sound man. And by communicate with the sound man or dj, I mean let him know what you need sound wise. Don’t blame him for how you sound when you mess up (Like Kweli did at Summer Stage in Central Park a couple of years ago.)

3. Make sure that you do not offend your audience. Don’t not insult their intelligence or act like you’re too nice to perform in front of them. A true emcee learns how to deal with hecklers over time and doesn’t make enemies for himself at venues.

4. Please for heavens sake KEEP FROM TURNING YOUR BACK TO THE AUDIENCE!! You’re performing for them not yourself. If you wanna perform for yourself go back home and get in front of that mirror.

I know this wasn’t that in-dept, but I hope that it will help anyone that needs to get their self together better on stage…

I’ll be back soon with some more of my unofficial lecture series…

Breathe Easy

The emcee in the picture at the head of this article goes by the name of Wild Style he is a member of the group ‘The Black Horde’, who’s members can be heard on the posse cut ‘Room’ right here on Freehiphopnow.com Download Room Produced by Thinker along with 5 other dope emcees…

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Title: Re: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: Iroc on March 22, 2005, 07:06:10 PM
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Preach on………………………………………………nuff said
Actually I will add one thing:

Just cuz a show ain’t packed don’t mean the ppl that are there don’t deserve a GOOD show, So give it to them

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Title: Re: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: Conscious on March 28, 2005, 09:33:09 PM
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definitely…

you gottah rock regardless… and if anything you use that time to exercise…

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Title: Re: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: LayedBack on May 12, 2005, 12:58:56 PM
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I can add to that. Used to sing in an R & B group. I know you cats are saying ‘R & B?” This aint not R & B site cuz’n…But “No” peep game. We had a couple of Hip Hop cats in the group tooo….We decided to get a choreographer to get some steps down and of course the Hip Hop cats were not feel’n it…(The whole MC Hammer stigma” But Dog…Let me tell you the things we learned from the choreographer in working the stage. Let me just shed some light on some key points that helped everybody show improve…Hip Hop Heads included (No Dancing Required)…

1. Work the whole stage. Don’t just stay in one place. If you have to make a point to practice going from one side of the stage to the next 6 times in a song do it. If you are in a group practice where you will be at certain parts in the song. There is nothing dumber than cats running into each other on stage. and….if you must have a entourage on stage keep it to a minimum and get those people involved with doing more than just standing around in the back. Choose points where they interact with you in the fore-front to give emphasis. Busta Rhymnes’ Leaders of the New School was tight at this.

2. Make eye contact with people in the crowd. Especially as it pertains to what your spit’n…

3. Practice all of this over and over and over and over and over and over and over again just like you are doing a live show each and every time…You will find that you don’t run out of breath in your lyrics when the crowd gets real hype and you get real excited. You will find that you can improvise a lot easier then fall right back into rythmn and know where you are supposed to be…you will find that you will have a lot more fun with your performances allowing you to have a lot more fun with the crowd.

4. The Hip Hop heads complained about practicing so hard stating (and I am sure many of you feel the same way) “I go all out when I perform” Well take it from the words of your old Pop Warner football coach…”You play how you practice!”

You might think “I aint no R & B cat!” but take it from me…there is something you can learn.

5. ….and find something else better to do with your hands then hold your nuts. Remember rapping is telling a story. Do you hold your nuts when you telling a story? Use your hands to create emphasis or provide gesture to your words.

That’s all for now. Tear the house down.

Peace.
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Title: Re: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: Conscious on May 12, 2005, 01:19:31 PM
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Word up !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dope additions Layed Back… That’s what’s up… !

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Title: Re: Emceeing 101: Stage Presence by Only K. Water
Post by: UniversalyAwake on June 05, 2005, 11:13:04 PM
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nice overall lesson.
My stage presence is my strength I’ve mostly ran into these two problems.

3. Make sure that you do not offend your audience. Don’t not insult their intelligence or act like you’re too nice to perform in front of them. A true emcee learns how to deal with hecklers over time and doesn’t make enemies for himself at venues.

I used to always get pissed off and start freestyl diddin the crowb because they weren’y payin attention. I pissed off plenty of people until I could get ovet that.

4. Please for heavens sake KEEP FROM TURNING YOUR BACK TO THE AUDIENCE!! You’re performing for them not yourself. If you wanna perform for yourself go back home and get in front of that mirror.
This is so important. Eye contact is a must. It is like you are demanding they listen to your words.

I can add on one thing to the beeing prepared. Know your lyrics obviously but If you mess up remember that NO BODY KNOWS just recover and move on like nothing happen. I try to avoid anybody before I’m on stage. I’ll be in the corner with headphones and eyes closed just trying to remain calm before I go on. Once the time to perform starts I step it up like 10 levels. My whole ora intensives. Stage presence is a must.

Finally please don’t bring beat discs with vocals on them to help your set project live. Nothing frustates our crew more.
You instantly loose tons of respect no matter what.
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