Scribble Jam, touted as "America's Largest Hip Hop Festival", has come to be seen as just that. It is the largest public display of underground hip hop that is available in the United States. Co-founded in 1996 by Scribble Magazine and DJ Mr. Dibbs of Atmosphere, the event has called Cincinnati, Ohio home for the last 10 years. Recently, the festival has grown in popularity and now sees tens of thousands of hip hop fans flock to its grounds in early August. The centerpieces of the Scribble Jam festival are the five competitions, four of which are designed to highlight the main aspects of hip hop culture. They include the emcee or freestyle battle, the DJ or scratching competition, the B-boy or breakdancing competition, and the graff-writer or graffiti competition. Recently a Beatbox Battle has been introduced and become a fan favorite. Historically, the most popular of the competitions has been the freestyle battle, although all aspects of the hip hop culture are well represented. In the last five years, guest performances have come to the forefront, bringing in great numbers of fans. Performers include hip-hop greats such as Big Daddy Kane, Lyrics Born, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Wordsworth, Blueprint, Brother Ali, Slug, Eyedea, MURS, DJ Vajra, The Animal Crackers, Glue, and many more.

The first ever Scribble Jam, held in 1996, was merely a small, parking lot party that held a quantity as few as fifty people. By the second year, however, word was quick to spread about this uprising event and more hip-hop fans came to be a part of it. Since then, every following year seems to bring about twice as many spectators, participants, and performers to the now-heavily established forum.

Some of hip hop's most well-known and well-respected stars got their start at Scribble Jam. The most famous Scribble Jam competitor of all time is Eminem. He participated in the 1997 emcee battle, managing to make his way to the semifinals along with MC Juice, Rhymefest and Dose One. In the semifinal rounds, he was defeated by both Rhymefest and Juice. Despite his good showing, Eminem has been criticized for using the same "freestyle" punchlines in both the 1997 Rap Olympics and the 1997 Scribble Jam competition.

Artists associated with underground record labels such as Rhymesayers Entertainment, anticon., and Molemen Records have thrived in the Scribble Jam environment; capturing titles in the competitions, performing songs off of their albums, and selling their albums at booths. The record labels themselves have used Scribble Jam as a way to find up and coming artists. Rhymesayers Entertainment as a whole has benefited from Scribble Jam more than any other record label. This seems only fair, considering that current members of the record label were instrumental in first getting Scribble Jam off the ground. Mr. Dibbs, one of the co-founders of Scribble Jam, is now a Rhymesayers artist.
[edit]The Emcee Battle

The emcee battle at Scribble Jam is arguably the most competitive in the country. Since its inception, the number of emcees eager to participate has increased immensely. In the early years, any MC with enough credentials to register, who could manage to show up on the correct day would be allowed to enter. More recently, regional qualifiers have been instituted, where emcees are forced to defeat the other battlers in their region before they can participate in the Scribble Jam festival in Cincinnati.

Past Battle Winners

Emcee Battle
2006- TheSaurus
2005- Justice
2004- iLLmacuLate
2003- Rhymefest
2002- Mac Lethal
2001- Adeem
2000- Sage Francis
1999- Eyedea
1998- Adeem
1997- MC Juice
1996- Malachi aka Vendetta

DJ Competition
2006- DJ I-Dee
2005- Spare Change
2004- Skratch Bastid
2003- Skratch Bastid
2002- DJ Squint
2001- DJ Sprite
2000- DJ Precyse
1999- DJ Precyse
1998- DJ Precyse

B-boy Competition
2006- Brickheadz
2005- Brickheadz
2004- ???????
2003- Motion Disorderz
2002- Motion Disorderz
2001- Milwaukee's Best
2000- Junkwartz
1999- Midwest Junkie Cats (Group with members of the Junkwartz and the Battlecats)
1998- Phase II
1997- Self-Explanatory
1996- Forrest Gump (Individual)

Beatbox Battle
2006- Snuggles
2004- A Train

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Scribble Jam 2007 Battle Results
MC BATTLE:
NO CAN DO - 1st Place (LA)
FRANCO - 2nd Place (SF)

DJ BATTLE:
SCRATCH BASTID - 1st Place (Halifax)
SPS - 2nd Place (Orlando)

BEAT BOX BATTLE:
POIZUNUS - 1st Place (Toronto)
SNUGGLES - 2nd Place (Minniapolis)

B-BOY BATTLE:
MOTION DISORDER

PRODUCTION BATTLE:
X:144 1st Place (Orlando)
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PRODUCTION BATTLE WINNER: ZAVALA

SF:
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PRODUCTION BATTLE WINNER: DAHI

LA:
MC BATTLE WINNER: DUMB FOUNDED
PRODUCTION BATTLE WINNER: NOBODY FAMOUS

MICHIGAN:
MC BATTLE WINNER: SUBVERSE

FL:
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PRODUCTION BATTLE WINNER: X:144

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DJ Zeph & Azeem
TheSarus (Scribble Jam 2006 MCChamp)
DJ Nikoless
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333 11th St San Francisco, CA (415) 255-0333

L.A. CA JULY 7TH
MC BATTLE (CASH PRIZE & SPOT AT MAIN EVENT FOR $5,000)
PRODUCTION BATTLE PRE-LIMS
MEDUSA
NOCANDO (of Project Blowed)
DJ TATELAROCK
DJ Nikoless
Venue: Troubadour + Doors: 8 PM + Tickets: $12 + ALL AGES
9081 SANTA MONICA BLVD. West Hollywood, CA

SATURDAY JULY 14TH
MICHIGAN, TRAVERSE CITY
16 MAN MC BATTLE
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ORLANDO, FL JULY 20TH
MC BATTLE (SPOT AT MAIN EVENT FOR $5,000)
PRODUCTION BATTLE PRE-LIMS
MADD ILLZ X:144 & DJ SPS
ALIAS the @ikt
MURDOC
LOCKSMIFF ENT.

Venue: Club Screamers + Doors: 9 PM 
Tickets: $12 ($10 Advance) + 18+360 State Lane Orlando, FL

MINNEAPOLIS, MN JULY 25TH
MC BATTLE (SPOT AT MAIN EVENT FOR $5,000)
PRODUCTION BATTLE PRE-LIMS
WINNER OF SJ MC BATTLE PERFORMS HEADLINE SET!
(Scribble Jam 2006 MCChamp)
SNUGGLES (Scribble Jam 2006 Beatbox Champ)
CARNAGE (Hosting/Freestyling)
DJ NIKOLESS, PLAIN OLE BILL (DJs)
Venue: Foundation
Doors: 9 PM + AGE: 18+
Tickets: $8 advance/ $10 door
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Corner of Hennepin & 5th St. Minneapolis, MN

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Justice became the only non-American citizen to win the much-coveted Emcee Battle in 2005. Hailing from Australia, he travelled a fourteen-hour flight from Melbourne and managed to claim the 10,000$ grand prize.
Adeem, the only two-time Scribble Jam champion of the emcee battle thus far, is still not regarded as the "greatest" emcee battle champion of all time in the event's history. Interestingly, most Scribble fans gravitate towards current champions. Apparently, the style of the emcees become incredibly more intricate as the years progress. For example, the first ever champion Vendetta of 1996, has a very different, more basic style reflecting that particular time and age in hip-hop battles. Compare this to the latest champion Thesaurus (2006), and what a decade of evolution in freestyling can do to the older, obsolete generation (respectively).
In 2003, veteran rapper Deuce Leader jumped off the stage during a battle against legend MC Juice, being the only known emcee to do so in the middle of a bout. He suffered minor bone fragments and a casted leg, since the crowd refused to catch his overweight body.
Veteran Rhymefest competed in both Scribble Jam 1997 and 2003. This is the largest gap between Scribble Jam entrances in any of the champions, as he managed to become the MC Battle Winner on 2003.
2004 iLLmacuLate was the youngest MC to win the Emcee Battle.



SCRIBBLE JAM 2005
10th ANNIVERSARY
AUGUST 11-14, 2005
CINCINNATI, OHIO

yo, this is Pase..reporting in.... everybody thanks for coming out tonight...(Thursday)..what a kickoff it was... I'm gonna hit a couple highlights before I go to bed...needless to say I'm exhausted....The art show was super good.. a lot of stuff was sold...thanks for supporting...the concert kicked off type lovely... Deuce Leader threatened to stagedive again, but didn't...(pussy). Dos Noun got a haircut. Mac Lethal wore a burger costume. and Manchild looked like he took a swim with his clothes on after he finished his performance..what else..oh yeah. Skandal bitched about how wack Cincy is/ was and managed to throw a few disses out to Me and Tony in the process, that was pretty cool...Definition gave some more hometown flav with the bootleg gucci bapes (you think I ain't see those Zone?). I got a free CD from Dessa from Doomtree who kicked off the concert real nice...good vibes...Sev Statik straight ripped shit. so did Approach and Skew... Sage, Blueprint, Illogic, and a few of the Legends kicked it with the crowd..big shout out to DJ Skip 1200 Hobos..a Scribble original..for coming through...I had fun despite people telling me how tired I looked..don't worry tomorrow (actually today) I'll be back to normal again. Nick was on his best behavior, and Tony managed to prevent having a heart attack. I saw the worst car accident on my way home like 5 feet in front of me...asshole ran a red light and smacked a dude right in the side driver seat. I thought for sure the driver was goners, but he hopped out cussing, throwing shit and ready to fight. luckily a cop car was right behind him when he got hit... it's curtains for his whip though...drama...See y'all in the morning/ afternoon after I make my airport runs....p.s.to the bootleg "PaseOner" chill with the Scarface stickers and tags dawg...signing off for now....

The real Pase...


Scribble Jam brings the essence of true Hip-Hop culture to the masses at large. During this weekend trip we go back in time, seeking to recapture the original spirit of the B-boys, DJs, Graff Artists and MCs who formed the genesis of this lifestyle we love so much. Now in its 7th year, the Scribble Jam has become an annual tradition for Hip-Hop enthusiasts from all parts of the US, forging all the skills of hip-hop and the urban culture together under one roof.

BACK IN THE DAY . . . Scribble Jam was introduced to the midwest as a release party for the first issue of the ever-popular Scribble Magazine, a full color graffiti publication that has experienced both national and international success. The response was so great that it only made sense to add the other elements: rhyming, djing and b-boying to the event to make it truly well-rounded and to attract a larger audience. The publishers of Scribble Magazine, along with Hip-Hop impresario Mr.Dibbs have teamed up once again to offer a credible platform for all Hip-Hop enthusiasts to showcase their talents and gain priceless recognition along with monetary and product prizes. Scribble Jam is an opportunity for the Hip-Hop community to build together, set some trends and just get loose!

EVENTS AT A GLANCE:
Day One-includes a kick off party and concert at TopCats night club.
Day Two-Hip-hop events at Annies including b-boy/b-girl tag team battles, MC competitions/ciphers and performances, DJ battles/showcases and graffiti exhibition.
Day Three-Hip-hop events at Annies including b-boy/b-girl tag team battles, MC competitions/ciphers and performances, DJ battles/showcases and graffiti exhibition.
Day Four-Free park jam @ Burnett Wood (free food, music and entertainment). That evening its, back to Top Cats, for the wind-down after party.

PAST PARTICIPANTS & GUESTS:
Eminem, Mood, Precyse, Abilities, El-P, Cage, RJD2, Sole Position, Dose One, DJ Hi-Tek (of Black Star & Reflection Eternal), The Outsidaz, Piakan, Sage Francis, Lone Catalyst, Freestyle Fellowship, Abstract Rude, Sole (of Anti-con), Atmosphere, Mr. Dibbs, Animal Crackers, Juice, Eyedea, Deep Puddle Dynamics, Buck 65, Five Deez, Espo, Amaze, Dalek, Reas, East, Ewok, Sub, Rock Steady Crew, Phase II, Daylight, Music Fiends, Adeem and a host of other underground greats

Scribble Jam 2002

Well another year another Scribble, oh but this year was different. For the first time since the historic year of 1997 did all of the events take place at Annie’s on a Saturday. Not only that but there was a Friday night concert that was amazing to say the least. Then there was Thursday @ Top Cats with a great lineup and added guests for the annual meet and greet. All of this was great but the most fun of the whole weekend was on Sunday @ the park.

Thursday night started off on the right foot, Queen City Rockers spinning 45s to greet you as you enter. A list of hip hops who’s who parlaying on the back patio, a little merchandise being sold. Mc ciphers everywhere, while b-boys control the floor inside, and the dj's spin breaks. On to the first performance of the night Mars Ill, this duo from Atlanta did all of the right things and started Scribble off on a heavenly note, next up a surprise performance from One Man Army and Majestik Legend from Binary Star. Does it get any better than this, well last years Mc Battle runner up Mac Lethal has gotten himself a set together and shocked the crowd with an energetic performance. The night ended in an open mic session that had numerous mcs stepping up.

Friday the first year Scribble has had a concert preceding the main day, but this concert could have been the main day in its own right. The performances started on the huge outdoor stage with the Animal Crackers who were followed by 7L & Esoteric. Then things moved inside for Odd Jobs who proved themselves worthy. Blueprint and RJD2 were next as the super group Sole Position, Then Blueprint left the stage only to have Cage and Copy write fill his space. Cage at the end of the show asked the crowd what they wanted to hear and "Agent Orange" was the overwhelming reply. After that EL-P came on stage and killed it. The crowd was left dazed only to be awoken by the mosh pit that Mr. Dibbs creates as soon as he touches the needle to the record. People were digging deep to stay focused on the madness with adlibs by Nati Kid who ended up stage diving into the crowd. As the madness started to get out of hand on stage steps Slug and the world stops. Slug and Dibbs proceed to do their Atmosphere set with help from Crescent Moon and the show ends with everyone amazed at what they just witnessed thinking about tomorrow’s festivities.

Up early on Saturday headed over to Annie’s, what is this oh a flea market time to search for old records. As the doors open the mad rush to the merchandise takes place, djs spin records and b-boys start to warm up. Around 4:00 pm the B-Boy Battle begins. This year Scribble is blessed to have Cros1 from Out for Fame/Freestyle Sessions working in conjunction with them on the b-boy battle. The highlight of the day was probably this battle. When it was all said and done emerged victorious. They have now qualified for the Out for Fame finals in California. Next up was the DJ Battle, a lot of new faces this year, and DJ Kiko was a returning favorite. He ended up leaving with a second place title. DJ Squint emerged victorious. Before the MC battle began, there was an impromptu performance by Sage Francis. The crowd went crazy. The MC Battle was held outside this year, although there were some controversial outcomes, there were a few gems this year. Skandal the Ruckus man held court like he was the king. He had the most crowd support by far, he was off the hezzy. Other notable mcs include Crash, Dous Noun, Icon, Deuce Leader, amongst others. The finalists were Mac Lethal and Majestik Legend from Binary Star. Mac Lethal won and called up Dos Noun for a rematch of their highly disputed battle. They ripped it for three rounds with Mac holding on to his title. All of this was followed by an open mic session with Brother Ali, Prime, Unseen, Sage Francis, Slug, and the two finalists. This eventually escalated into a full wrestling match. Thank God today is over.

Sunday was easily my favorite day, the barbeque in the park with free food. Highlights include Freestyle sessions with Slug and Sage, the Capri Sun Challenge, and the humor coming from the Truth van. Then out of nowhere it starts to poor rain, being the resourceful people we are some made the b-boy floor into a slip and slide. It started out on the concrete and was quickly moved down a hill in the grass. Mayhem was running rampant all of this was followed with a mud wrestling event that should become commonplace at this event. The night ended with a art show at the SS Nova gallery with DJ Anna, Pase, and Boom Bip spinning. This was the best time I have had at Scribble in years. I cannot wait until next year.