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Rock the mike at Hip-Hop Karaoke

Imagine yourself on a giant stage like Phife Dawg and Q-Tip when you show off at Hip-Hop Karaoke. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post )

That’s what makes tonight’s Hip-Hop Karaoke at Liv such a destination: There are more than 300 selections from A Tribe Called Quest to Young Black Teenagers. Whether you want golden age (Eric B & Rakim’s “Juice [Know the Ledge]”), old-school (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”), soulful (Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop [That Thing]”) or something to set the party off (Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”), you’re going to find it. Five DJs provide the beats, and in addition to the lyrics, organizers even provide rappers with their own hype man. Even better: there’s no cover charge or dress code.

The whole song list is on the event’s Facebook page, but to give you a taste of it, we decided to pick the top songs we’d do, including a posse cut or two.

“Gas Face” by 3rd Bass

“Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions

“Grindin’” by The Clipse

“Boys-N-The Hood” by Easy-E

“Liquid Swords” by GZA

“Afro Puffs” by Lady of Rage

“Shook Ones Pt. II” by Mobb Deep

“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard

“Regulate” by Warren G and Nate Dogg

“Triumph” by Wu Tang Clan

What’s your fantasy hip-hop karaoke song? Tell us in the comments.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.


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