La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
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American Human Beatbox Festival 2013

May 24 – May 26, 2013

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“This three-day exhibition of performances, workshops and film kicks off on Friday night with a battle, not of beatboxers, but beatrhymers — performers who beatbox and rhyme at the same time. Beatrhyming was developed and popularized by the festival’s curator, Kid Lucky, who coined the term, and who characterizes the new style as one that allows the performer to move beyond simply providing a beat.”

- Tom Tenney, The Villager

Friday May 24


10PM – BEAT-RYHYMING BATTLE - Buy tickets here


A beat-rhymer is a person who can beatbox and rap at the same time.

They combine beats sound effect and rhyme flow into one. This style essentially started with Biz Markie in NYC who is from Long Island with his hit classic “Make the Music with your Mouth Biz” in 1986. 27 years later beatrhyming is starting to take popular form. Beatrhyme, popularized by beatrhyming pioneer Kid Lucky, has been popping up in different spots all over America. This year La MaMa recognizes beatrhyming as not a next step in beatboxing but a vocal artform all its own by presenting the first beatrhyme battle.

$500 cash prize!

Battlers confirmed: D-Cross (Bklyn), Kid Lucky (Bklyn), Kaila (Long Island), Graffiti (Albany), Richard (Murtyle beach), Esalaah (Kansas City), Kenny Urban (Connecticut), Mandibul (Connecticut), Menyu (Bronx), Baba Israel (NYC)

For more info on how to enter contact Kid Lucky





A celebration of community, family and the art of human noise led by beatbox duo Kaila and the Kid

Ages 5 and up.


About Kaila and the Kid:

Hailing from NYC and calling themselves ‘beat rhymers’, the duo of Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady combine beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time! They explore all realms of American music: from hip hop and electronic music (like trap and techno), to funk, jazz, rock, and soul. Their signature technique is a new vocal style called beat-rhyming: the combination of beatboxing and rhyme flow or floetry. They have shared the stage with: Cosmo D (Newcleus), TC Izlam (Hip-Step, Zulu Nation)  Rabbi D from MTV’s MADE, Miles Megaciph, Homeboy Sandman, opened for Afrika Bambaataa and been featured at The Midwest Beatbox Festival They have performed at Davidson College in North Carolina, in Albany sharing the bill with DJ TrueMaster, Iron Bar Collective, working on a distribution and licensing deal with Acappella Records, and more in the works!


10PM – VOCAL WARS – Buy tickets here


Beatboxer/Emcee vs. Beatboxer/Emcee = The ultimate hip hop team battle.

Beatboxers and emcees are the two main vocal elements of hip hop and the solo battles have been legendary. Beatboxer Entertainment takes it to another notch by combining these two hip hop elements to bring you the next level in battling: beatboxer & emcee vs beatboxer & emcee Cash prize 1000 USD Where American Human Beatbox Festival @ La MaMa When May 25, 2013 For more info on how to enter contact Kid Lucky

 First Round

 - Original, freestyle

- You get three minutes

- Present an original song or freestyle

- Showcase your writing/freestyle abilities


Second Round

- Cover round

-  must do a cover song or a medley of covers (think funkmaster flex or Dj clue, parts of the song)

The top 4 teams will advanced to the semi finals where they will battle head to head. There are two rounds and each team gets 3 minutes for each round. Original or covers allowed

The top two teams will then battle it out in the finals for the grand prize. Only original no covers.

1000 dollars and other prizes.


Sunday, May 26


5:30PM – NOS STATES (film) - Buy tickets here

Documentary about French beatboxer and spoken word artist Princeps. Hip hop is everywhere in France and has been since soon after it first appeared in NYC in the 1980s . Slamming or free-style rapping has since put down deep roots here and evolved into a vibrant verbal ecosystem for political, social and self-expression. In 2011, in the best gonzo documentary film tradition and on a minuscule budget, Afterart Productions put together a slam/free-style contest to explore this cultural phenomenon. First prize was a 7-day all expenses paid trip to NYC.

Princeps, a 20-year-old French slammer and beat-boxer, won hands down. This film documents the contest and subsequent trip to NYC. Princeps was a total mystery – he had won the contest, but who was he? How would this French kid of Congolese origins react to the greatest city in the world and the home of hip hop? How would you feel if one day you were rapping and beat-boxing with your friends on street corners in the Paris ghetto, and the next day you were on a plane for the first time in your life, heading for NYC to see the the world renowned beatrhymer Kid Lucky and hang out at Bar 13 for Freestyle Monday and more, and having your experiences documented? We hope you enjoy the ride.

Starring Princeps, Kid Lucky, and Black Barbie.


8PM – A TRIBUTE TO STEVE BEN ISRAEL - Buy tickets here

Baba Israel and Playback NYC will present an evening of beatboxing, theatre, spoken word, and music in tribute to Steve Ben Israel. Playback NYC will improvise on the theme of Steve’s life as an international artist, activist, and cultural figure for over 50 years. Featured Performers include Jason Linder, Daniel Freedman, Yako 440, Kid Lucky, Wiseguy and Gaston, Steve Dalachinsky and Flaco Navaja. This night will also mark the launch of Baba Israel’s new theatre project about his father supported by Theatre in The Mill (UK), Unfinished Business (UK), La MaMa and Culturehub.

Ticket price $10 – Advance, $20 Adult & $15 Student/Senior at the door


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