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Congratulations to the winners of the Beats & Rhymes Competition!


People's Choice Winner - FG Killed the Beat 
Submitted by: Nasir A., Naajir J., Jateris J., Zakiy R., and Nathan H.

1st Place - Submitted by: Tyra W., Lewis G. Jr., Sajdah J., and Jahara G. 

2nd Place - Submitted by: Vaughn V. W. 

3rd Place - Submitted by: King W.

Thanks to everyone who participated this summer! Listen to all of the entries.

This summer, the Milwaukee Public Library is hosting a citywide Beats & Rhymes Competition. Create your own original work and submit it online. Work alone or in teams of up to four people. Any type of music or sound recording is eligible. Submit your entry by Monday, July 30. A panel of expert judges will determine the winners. Prizes will be awarded at a Grammy Awards®-style Red Carpet event at Central Library. For more details, go to

Create your own original sound mix and enter it into the MPL Beats and Rhymes Competition for a chance to win great prizes.

  • Enter on your own or on a team with up to four friends.
  • Any type of music or sound mix is eligible. It can feature music, voices, sounds from the community, or anything else you can hear in any combination. Be creative and express yourself!
  • Attend a FREE workshop or a DJ Scratch Session to help you create your entry. Workshops are led by experts from True Skool and Scratch Sessions are led by DJ Bizzon
  • Download the RUBRIC here.
  • Earn 10 points for the Teen Summer Challenge!
  • Entries will be judged by a panel of music and sound mixing professionals.


Once you submit your entry online, visit any library branch to pick a pair of earbuds or a portable charger for your devices. You can also pick up your prize at the Red Carpet Awards Event* on Friday, August 10.


PRIZES (awarded to each team member)

  • 1st Place - $100 Amazon gift card
  • 2nd Place - $50 Amazon gift card
  • 3rd Place - $25 Amazon gift card.


People’s Choice Winner – Everyone who attends the Red Carpet Awards Event will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winning team will get the chance of a lifetime – to work with a professional filmmaker to create a music or documentary-style video of their entry.




  • Your entry must be totally original. You must respect copyright laws. If you sample or use any content from another artist’s work, you must credit them.
  • Your sound mix must contain credits. All team members must be credited. Credits can be visual, audio, or both.
  • No explicit content. No entries that would require a Parental Advisory Label under guidance of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will be accepted. See RIAA requirements here.
  • Sound mix length must be 1 to 5 minutes.
  • To enter the contest, please complete the form below by the end of the day on July 30, 2018.