One Shot is a one-of-a-kind competition show where Emcees compete in front of a panel of judges for the ultimate shot at becoming Hip-Hop’s next biggest star. Each contestant will have a chance to tell his or her own story, but the best is still determined by artistic skill. The outcome is not about who is likable, rather who is the best performer with the most talent. Rappers will send video submissions to be posted online to win cash prizes, as well as come to live auditions to compete for their chance at $100,000 & a Record Deal.
The rappers will audition in front of a panel of industry pre-judges in the first round. If picked for the second round, they will perform for the Horseshoe Gang. If they move past round two, they will perform for Judges KXNG CROOKED, DJ King Tech, and Mike Smith, until a final six is picked to compete in the main event for that City.
Before the main event, the six Rappers chosen will work with notable artist mentors on songs for the main event. They will write with and mentor each Artist’s to prepare them for the Main Event.
The Main Event in each City will take place in a famous Hip Hop Venue and will have a live audience including many celebrity VIPs from that local City, Professional Athletes, Local DJs, and other TV personalities.
The Main Event will be hosted by Sway and the final six will compete in front of KXNG CROOKED, DJ King Tech, Mike Smith, and that week’s celebrity Judge. One winner will be chosen from each City and the 8 City finalists will compete in the season finale. The season finale will also include performances from several of the Season’s Celebrity Judges, KXNG CROOKED, and also other significant Acts.
These no-holds-barred judges will witness contestants’ performances and watch them spit bars on stage along with that city’s other talented (or not-so-talented) MCs. Then, they will consult with a team of “peanut-gallery” type rap junkies who lack any filter when it comes to giving their opinions on rappers—those on stage and even those in the game. They will be unabashed (bordering on harsh), and sometimes emotional in their criticism, making the always entertaining, never-ending conversation around rap skills even more compelling.
In addition to seeing their performance on stage and hearing the judges’ breakdown on why or why not a contestant is chosen, viewers will see a “background check” segment conducted by famed Hip-Hop journalists Kim Osorio and Kathy Iandoli which spotlights each contestant’s story of struggle or inspiration.
This is not a battle; but where Hip-Hop and competition are concerned, there will be embarrassment, and the unpredictable nature of the art form will inevitably lead to drama—elation for some and disappointment for others.
Though all of their stories will be told — some heartbreaking, others uplifting — only the auditions can determine who moves forward. The stories will shed light on the contestants, but in the end, their skill is the only thing that matters.
Sway Calloway, better known as Sway, is a reporter, radio personality, and entrepreneur. Sway is a household name and serves as an executive producer for MTV News. He is the host of the SiriusXM radio show Sway In The Morning, as well as the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Wake Up Show with DJ King Tech.
Sway is a true pioneer of hip-hop culture, and is the voice of millions.
KXNG CROOKED (JUDGE)
KXNG CROOKED is a rapper from Long Beach, California. He’s widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers in the game. He’s a member of the critically acclaimed group Slaughterhouse alongside Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9″. Slaughterhouse is currently signed to Eminem’s Shady Records.
Crooked I has his solo album dropping in early 2015 through SMH Records (with COB Treacherous) titled “Sex, Money and Hip-Hop”. One Shot is the vision of Crooked I.
DJ KING TECH (JUDGE)
DJ King Tech is a Bay Area native and one-half of revered hip-hop duo Sway & Tech. He is co-host of the nationally syndicated show, The Wake Up Show on Eminem’s Shade 45 on Sirius XM Radio.
Tech’s influence on hip-hop is legendary. DJ King Tech has worked with such immortals as RZA, Common, Eminem, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane and many more.
MIKE SMITH (JUDGE)
Mike Smith is one of the One Shot weekly starring judges. Smith is a singer, songwriter and musician who has produced, written, performed and worked with some of biggest celebrities in all of hip-hop. Smith has worked with Slaughterhouse, Dizzy Wright, Cyhi the Prynce, Nappy Roots, Kxng Crooked, RZA and Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, Justice League, DJ Revolution, Royce da 5’9, Troy Ave, DMC of Run DMC, and Twista.
Smith recently released a solo studio recording titled ALWAY YOU AND ME (August 2016) which is labeled a country & southern rock album. It spotlights the creative works of the Avila Brothers, Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N Roses), Dave Matthews’ horn section and James Taylor‘s percussionist.
Smith has an outstanding ability to spot, encourage and promote future stars in both music and business.
KATHY IANDOLI (CORRESPONDENT)
Kathy Iandoli is an NYC-based journalist, writer, author, TV personality and media executive. She was formerly an editor at top rap sites AllHipHop and HipHopDX and has written for Roling Stone, Billboard, The Guardian, VIBE, Village Voice and many other major publications.
Kathy has also worked in major label publicity, artist management and artist branding. She holds her Masters in Music Business from New York University.
KIM OSORIO (CORRESPONDENT)
Kim Osorio is an American Hip-Hop music journalist, writer, author, TV personality and media executive, who holds a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. She was the former Editor-In-Chief of Hip-Hop’s Bible The Source, author of her memoir Straight From the Source, and cast member on the VH1 reality TV series, The Gossip Game.
JACK THRILLER – (IN-HOUSE PERSONALITY)
In early January 2010, 50 Cent claimed that he was looking to sign new comedians and authors to the label, venturing outside the realm of recording artists. Atlanta Young Jack Thriller would be the first comedian signed to the label, releasing a weekly “So Disrespectful,” YouTube podcast, also becoming a regular guest on Shade45’s G-Unit Radio, and co-host of the program.
DJ Nicole Sky – In-House DJ
It’s not everyday that a chart-topping singer/songwriter can also tour the world as a renowned female deejay, but Nicole Albino aka Nicole Sky does both effortlessly. Many recognize this femme fatale as one half of the international superstar group, Nina Sky. However, Nicole stands as one of the few female deejays around who possesses an inherent love of the art combined with a mastering of the craft. Nicole’s provided music for corporate clients including Nike, Opening Ceremony, Roberto Cavalli, Christie’s and W Hotels to name a few. She’s played various well-known venues from Paris, Milan, Las Vegas, Miami, Dubai and maintained residencies in Zurich, and New York City.
Horseshoe Gang – Judges
Hip Hop group from Long Beach and younger brothers to KXNG Crooked are highly regarded as one of the dopest lyricists from California. Getting ready to embark on a multi-city tour with KXNG Crooked and Strange Music artist Rittz.