Cutoff

While you are freestyling, the other MC comes in on a second mic, cuts you off, and takes over.

This is similar to the exercise “Handoff,” but practices dominant mic confidence and graceful exits. You won’t always be with an MC who is working with you to make a smooth, exciting transition between two mics. When one MC has gone on too long, is saying jerk-like things, or is oblivious that it’s time to pass the mic and bring in a new voice, you may have to cut them off. The audience is probably bored with them anyway.┬áIf this happens and you control the mixing board, you can just cut their volume, but the cutoff technique has more style. You must come in on the mic with confidence and power so that the other person realizes their time is done and stops freestyling. It’s a combination of timing, volume, confidence, power and flow. Come in when their flow is at it’s weakest point, at the end of a phrase or during a rambling segment. Your voice needs to be loud enough to be heard and rise over the other person (although it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to shout). You need to come in sounding good, strong and with amazing flow. If you’re confident and strong the other person will realize it and concede to you. This is some pack animal, behavioural psychology stuff.

When you practice this, one person is the ramble-on while the other person cuts in. They should keep freestyling until the cutoff comes in with enough momentum to hold the mic. If you have two people freestyling over each other for more than a few words, either one person is a total jerk, or the other person didn’t come in with enough conviction.