A quick look back at what happened at the Hottest event on campus.

Howard’s Hottest is an annual event thrown by the college radio station, WHBC96.3, to showcase the talents of artists, producers, and DJ’s on Howard’s campus.

Students perform in a friendly competition that is meant to help them gain exposure as well as provide them with constructive criticism for their work. Judged by Sean Glover, Von Vargas, and Glen Jones, students definitely gained valuable insight on how to better their craft. Winners of each competition received prizes that vary from year to year. The prize for this year’s competition was three hours of studio time!

Competing artists included DC Lyrics, Young C-Pann, and Ty Fortune. Young C-Pann would take the crown as Howard’s hottest artist, but crowd-engaging performances from Ty Fortune and DC Lyrics definitely demonstrated that they were talented artists as well. However, DC Lyrics reigned supreme as he won the best artist category.

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Producers competing included Greenss, Exclusive, and 8BallHitz. Contestants brought their unique style to hip-hop music with the particular use of samples and DJ tags that added flavour to their tracks. 8BallHitz would be crowned as Howard’s hottest producer, but the efforts of Greenss and exclusive were not null and void. Specifically,  Greenss did not take the loss to heart. Instead, he used the experience for motivation stating that “It makes [him] go even harder.”

The artist and producer showcases were wildly entertaining, but the DJ competition took the crown as the battle of the night. Competing as Dj’s were Dj Noble, DJ Zeaux, and DJ Magic. As DJ’s spun their turntables the crowd quickly got out their seats to sing and dance along to the music. The boisterous reactions from the crowd solidified the talents of all DJ’s competing. All contestants put on an exciting show, but DJ Noble was named Howard’s hottest DJ.

The performances did not stop with Howard’s Hottest contestants either. This year’s event featured Special performances by rappers Kai cash, Niko Brim, and singer Tiyi Christopher. Kai Cash and Niko brim gave solid performances but It would be Howard’s own Tiyi Christopher who stole the show.

Tiyi announced that she would be performing an original as she sat centre stage with just her guitar and a microphone. Just as she was about to begin her performance she took a long, deep breath to calm herself. It was clear she was nervous but when she opened her mouth you couldn’t tell that at all. Her voice was soothing, powerful, and angelic all in one. Spectators even described Tiyi as the “female Frank Ocean”. As she hit high note after high note the crowd went ballistic, appalled at the beauty of her music.

There is no doubt in my mind that Tiyi gained fans after her spectacular performance and that is what Howard’s Hottest is all about. Providing students with a platform for them to gain exposure is key to the success of student artists across campus and the WHBC team did just that. So stay updated on WHBC’s events and who knows, maybe it will be you stealing the show next year.

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