How did it start?

Sketch The Rhyme is a performance format conceived by MC and Creative Director, Joel Rapaport who is a respected hip hop artist and managing director of the established record label Big Village Records. The Original format of the show was created during the inaugural Underbelly Festival in Sydney's Carriageworks in 2008.

What is Sketch The Rhyme?

Inspired by Mr Squiggle and Pictionary, this game-show-with-a-twist is made up of a series of playoffs between the artists and the rappers. The artists speed-sketch pictures relevant to a theme, topic or clue and project them onto a large screen for the rappers and audience to see. The MCs then freestyle their response in rhyme, whether its improvising a story, guessing the catch-phrase or trying to deduce the identity of the dead celebrity drawn before them. The audience plays the vital role of judging the rounds - their cheers letting the rappers know they've guessed correctly.

Festival experience

  • Peats Ridge Festival 2009
  • Woodford Folk Festival 2010 & 2011
  • Sydney Comedy Festival 2010
  • TED X Carriageworks 2011
  • Platform Hip Hop Festival 2011
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011