CHICAGO, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coors Light® Search for the Coldest® is back for its third year with celebrity judges, Ice Cube, Bun B, and DJ Drama, to find the Coldest MC in the country. Search for the Coldest is a national hip-hop contest that has gained nearly 150,000 online votes since its inception in 2011, giving up-and-coming MCs a national stage to showcase their talents, and a chance to win $20,000. With the addition of two new tour cities this year, Dallas and Chicago, Search for the Coldest also gives music fans the opportunity to experience live concerts, featuring some of today's top hip-hop artists. Artists performing on the 2013 Search for the Coldest tour include: Juicy J, Pusha T, French Montana and more.
"I'm excited to partner up with Coors Light again to search for the Coldest MC in the country," said Ice Cube. "It was great to see so much talent last year and with the game evolving, I'm glad that Coors Light is staying connected and providing a platform for upcoming MCs to shine."
After traveling the country last year, hitting major cities with concerts featuring performances by Wale, Bun B, and Big K.R.I.T, Charlotte finalist, Felony Fame, was crowned the 2012 Coldest MC at the New York finale, where Def Jam recording artist Fabolous performed. This year, Bun B, of iconic southern rap duo UGK, will join Ice Cube and DJ Drama for an eight-city tour hitting Dallas, Charlotte, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, with semifinal events in Chicago and Atlanta. One talented lyricist will be crowned the 2013 Coldest MC at a grand finale concert in New York, and walk away with $20,000 and more.
"Coors Light, The World's Most Refreshing Beer, is proud to recognize and reward refreshing voices in hip-hop" says Mwanza Lumumba, Brand Manager, Coors Light African American marketing. "Our goal is to refresh the most people this summer, which is why we're taking Search for the Coldest into two new cities. We look forward to giving more fresh MCs the opportunity to showcase their talents."
In addition to the eight-city concert tour, the new Coors Light MyStudio Mobile Tour Bus – a mobile recording studio where fans can record their own tracks – will be making stops throughout the country. For MyStudio tour dates, visit SearchForTheColdest.com. Fans can also interact with Search for the Coldest at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ in New Orleans, with chances to win prizes including a VIP trip to the Search for the Coldest grand finale in New York City.
Contestant Submissions: April 1 – April 27
The contest begins with online submissions for those 21+. MCs upload an audio track or video of an original composition to SearchForTheColdest.com, between April 1 and April 27, to be voted on by fans and celebrity judges.
Voting: April 3 – June 30
Legal-drinking-age consumers can vote for their favorite MC from April 3 – June 30, with the top contestants selected to perform during local artist showcases and semifinal concerts. Voters will help decide who will perform in the grand finale.
Semifinalists will be chosen through the following live and online channels:
- Artist Showcase in Dallas on June 13
- Artist Showcase in Charlotte on June 27
- Artist Showcase in New Orleans at ESSENCE Festival™ on July 6
- Artist Showcase in Baltimore on July 10
- Artist Showcase in Philadelphia on July 11
- New York-based semifinalist, chosen via online submission
- Chicago-based semifinalist, chosen via online submission
- Atlanta-based semifinalist, chosen via online submission
Finalists will be chosen through the following live and online channels:
- Semifinal Concert in Chicago on July 16
- Semifinal Concert in Atlanta on July18
- Video channel semifinalist, best video submitted
- Wild card semifinalist, best MC among all other markets
Both the artist showcases and semifinal events will feature celebrity performances. Winners of the semifinals, including the video channel and wild card semifinalists, will make it to the grand finale in New York City for a chance to be crowned the 2013 Coldest MC.
Grand Finale: August 1
Contest finalists will battle it out in New York City. Celebrity judges Ice Cube, Bun B and DJ Drama will select one contestant to be crowned the Coldest MC, and awarded the Super Cold Debut grand prize package, which includes:
- Three hours of studio time to record an exclusive track co-produced by DJ Drama, featuring a verse by Bun B
- A slot on the 2013 Search for the Coldest Mixtape hosted by DJ Drama
- Media coverage including VIBE and Complex
For rules and details, visit http://www.SearchForTheColdest.com.
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