Calling all Hip Hop Writers | Schema Wants You!

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Schema Magazine is on the lookout for talented young hip hop lovers (and critics…it’s ok to be both) with a flair for the written word to match their idols’ gift of the gab. They rap it, they sing it. You write about it.

We are looking for writers to cover local hip hop/spoken word events and write reviews of up-and-coming artists’ work, as well as conduct interviews. Think you fit the bill? Read on for the deets.


  • Needs to be familiar with hip hop lingo and culture
  • Ideally, be an avid follower of the hip hop or spoken word scene
  • Familiar with local artists, or know people who are, i.e. have a network
  • Familiar with the underground hip hop scene. Think Immortal Technique for hip hop, and Saul Williams for spoken word.

On the writing style in particular:

  • Ideally, you’d be able to incorporate the hip hop ‘feel’ into your work. Hip hop and the spoken word is all about storytelling: bring that to your own work to best engage with the reader.
  • Free-style hip hop contains controversial elements: you must not be afraid to be opinionated. Check out our writer Shima Ghailan’s piece that called out Kanye West and Jay-Z: “No One Wants Your Fish Fillet, Kanye..“.


  • Build your own writing portfolio and get published.
  • Gain hands-on experience working in the online publishing industry.
  • Networking and working with a great team of like-minded individuals
  • Gain feedback on your writing and experience in developing your personal voice.

If you meet most of the above criteria, or even if you just know your hip hop well, but haven’t written about it much yet, send us a 500-word piece on one hip hop artist or topic that interests you by the 24th of March to Include your cover letter in your application.

Please note that successful applicants will undergo a probationary period (i.e. write two solid pieces) before they are considered to be regular Schema contributors.



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