ATL's definitive talent competition & showcase


The Bar Exam 9/26
Hosted by @MICXSIC
Music by DJ Knotts + DJ Dug Boogie & GEE Supreme on the back patio
Musical Guests: August winner CP The Protege, Tampa winner Saint more TBA
Industry Panel of Judges: TBA
Live steam by K-100 Radio

Doors 8pm


**Pre-registering is the only way to secure your slot to perform register today**

8pm: Doors/Artist Curfew
845pm Show Starts


16 artists battle for The Bar Exam crown before an industry panel of judges and a packed house to win $1,400 in prizes. Who will raise the bar? Ultimately, you the audience decide if they #PassTheBar or #PassTheMic

The Bar Exam is the definitive open mic and talent competition experience. The nations best emcees, poets, and singers are being discovered right here in Atlanta. The Bar Exam brings the excitement; inspiration, anticipation, humor and heart break from the likes of American Idol and puts it in front of a live audience. The Bar Exam is the place to develop your craft, showcase your talents, and network with like-minded people and industry professionals.


Registered artists will be promoted via twitter, instgram, & Facebook leading up to the event.

**Click the links at the top of the page for more info on our rules, what to expect and our prize package valued over $1,400.00

**MUST PERFORM ORIGINAL MATERIAL TO COMPETE. NO COVERS ALLOWED**

For the first time ever, Tampa Bay, FL will host The Bar Exam Saturday August 16th at The Local 662. Register today!!

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Congrats to CP The Protege on winning the August 2014 showcase.

Big announcement regarding The Bar Exam and A3C coming soon. In the mean time, register for the Sept. 26th show

Check our Industry Panel for this Fridays show

Manager Nick Love (Coalition DJ’s, Grand Hustle)

Rising Exec KC Route (Grand Hustle)

Carmen Breezy (AB+L Radio)

Registration is full but tickets are on sale for you to come network and participate in our audience. Ultimately, you decide if these artists #PassTheBar or #PassTheMic

The Living Legend Dres Da Beatnik (Mic Club, MJQ)

Our August 22nd edition will feature Atlanta Hip-Hop artist RARA, who’s latest street release has the industry on fire. #NextToBlow And we also bring back Julys winner Sir Gandhi who won the crowd over with a flow and style reminiscent of Outkast and try school southern slang.

Registration is almost full. Register today or cop your tickets  

Words by July 2014 winner Sir Gandhi,

A week ago today, I Sir Gandhi took the stage and gripped the Mic at The Bar Exam Showcase and Competition at Apache Cafe, where I let go and let what was on my mind, heart, and soul away to the people cause I know my folks pain and I know that they yearn for something more something WorthWhile.. So I set passionate fire to my piece, connected with the folks in crowd and gave everybody in the building something WorthWhile!!! That night I was blessed with the Victory as the Month of July Winner, The Grand Prize, Next months feature Headliner on August 22, 2014, and also some great words of constructive criticism from the judges, as well as the humble honor of having my song and performance be categorized as timeless artwork, reminiscent of the Old 96-97 HipHop of Atlanta to the likes of The Still Standing Soulful Power House The Dungeon Family…Im talking a true message that will forever live on…After all, thats what its about, giving my people something Worthwhile that will stand the test of time and live for generations to come….Huge Shout Out to all my folks who came to support ya boy, The Great Mc and Brother Mike Sick, The Beyond Dope DJ Knotts and My Great Brother and fellow MC 16OS, Pay attention theses brothers are making powerful moves…And for Myself, I am beyond Optimistic about what the future holds, all I know is that I am going to move in the direction that my spirit guides me and full fill my mission around the globe, this is just the beginning, so strap up, here we go!!!

August will have 2 Bar Exam’s. August 16th in Tampa, FL & August 22nd in Atlanta!

For the first time ever The Bar Exam comes to Tampa, FL. The Local 662 in St. Petersburg has been known to host some of the best national acts passing through Florida and for one night the stage will be set for local (and regional) artists to shine and compete for our grand prize and headline The Bar Exam in Atlanta, GA in September. Register today. Our Atlanta heads, take this opportunity to roll with the FAM and represent the A in Florida. 

Boog Brown will be our featured musical guest this Friday at The Bar Exam at Apache Cafe.  #GetFamiliar with her music on her Bandcamp. Boog has toured internationaly and is an ambassador in the art of story telling and the craft of emceeing. Here in Atlanta by way of Detroit, Boog Brown continues to raise the bar with each album release.  

Register for The Bar Exam July 25th at www.thebarexamopenmic.com

The July 25th Bar Exam is a #DOPELOCAL Qualifier. Registered artists who bring out at least 10 of their supporters qualify to be selected for the #DOPELOCAL concert Tuesday, SEPT. 30th at Apache Cafe.  So what is #DOPELOCAL, you ask? We have partnered with the greatest host in show business, Fort Knox along with various promoters and media outlets to give back to local artists. This concert is powered by artists who have proven to actively promote themselves and bring out their supporters to their shows. Through our Earn-2-Play model, we are rewarding them by offering ticket splits that favor the artists (versus the other way around in pay to play models).  So artists who have earned the right to be on #DOPELOCAL now have an opportunity to make money to perform and promote themselves and they’re only limited to their work ethic and hustle. 

Our goal is for 8-10 artists to share the stage with other ambitious artists and to mix their respective crowds together to form a bond between musicians and their fan bases.  We’re approaching media outlets both independent and major and asking the simple question, “What are you doing for locals” If they have a platform we want to partner with them to expose locals. If they don’t have one, we want to help them create one.

If you support our efforts and share in our vision please share this post.

Visit www.dopelocal.eventbrite.com for more info about the show

@1hollywoodj has crafted tracks for the likes of Rocko, Travis Porter, Chief Keef, Plies and Soulja Boy to name a few. He will be one of our Industry Panelists at Fridays show and will specifically keeping a critical ear out for our performers production and song writing. Follow him on Twitter and IG and be on the look out for more music from Hollywood J.

#A2BAY serves as a pipeline for artists and Hip-Hop culture between the Atlanta and Tampa Bay markets. The Bar Exam is proud to announce that this months show will be a special #A2BAY edition with the winner performing at The Bar Exam in Tampa, FL!! We also welcome artists from the Tampa area to come perform at this show. If you win, not only will you headline in Tampa but also at The Bar Exam in July in Atlanta. Plz share and spread the word. Visit www.a2bayhiphop.com for more on the A2BAY Brand and initiative.

The Bar Exam returns May 23rd! Register today! Panelists TBA but we have something special lined up including someone from Atlanta Radio and Entertainment Industry Management.

Musical Guests: Cyrus, Trapp Banks, Lady Caress

DJ Dug Boogie & GEE Supreme spinning Hip-Hop B-Sides, Rarities, Funk and Soul on the patio

Registration and Tix

Breaking News: TIME Magazine features #BarExamALUMNI (our first winner) Heath McNease new video “Bounce House”. Check out the write up on TIME here » http://time.com/83330/bounce-house-rap-song/

Congrats Heath McNease, the world is on notice!

DJ @dugBoogie & DJ GEE Supreme will be in the backroom spinning inside The Gateway playing Hip-Hop B-Sides, Rarities and whatever the hell they feel. Come through!

Take a listen to Dug Boogies Mixshow The Hopstew

#RadioReady Tonights Industry Panel of Judges includes a few of Atlanta’s radio hosts @MsDia of 89.3 The Show @ADotWrekRoom of Georgia Tech radio WREK and @BlizmChainlessEnt of K-100 Online Radio

Judges will provide REAL feedback to the artists and narrow down the top 5. Ultimately, it is you the audience who decides if they pass the bar or pass the mic!

8pm Apache Cafe Atlanta, Ga

Tomorrows show see’s the return of January’s winner @TeamNubia from Austin, TX along with her band Silly Aces, @TheresaThaSongbird of the Punany Poets, and HBO Def Poet Tommy Bottoms (@UglyTruthRadio) from the new spoken word musical Educated Gangster 101.

Tomorrow night, 16 artists battle for The Bar Exam crown before an industry panel of judges. Ultimately, you the audience decide if they #PassTheBar or #PassTheMic

See you at Apache Cafe, Friday 8pm


**unreserved tables are first come first serve. Get there early!