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Sonyae Elise: Platinum Hitmaker

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Dare to Suck

DJ Have My Babies

It's Poppin'

I Like The Way You Move

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The Exorcist

Reign Over Me

Nice Guys Finish Last

When Egos Collide

The Word is Hubris

Like a Tohn of Bricks

A Safe Bet

Sincerely Yours

10 Things I Love About You

All You Need Is Love

Dr. Jekyll and Melissa Hyde

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Clever Girl

Rap Battles

The Weakest Link

I Get Chills

Speak And Spell

A Place of Truth

Straight to the Vein

Panic at the Disco

Keep It Simple Stupid

Sicker Than the Remix

Get Loose

Setting the Bar

30 Minutes or Less

I Write the Songs

On the Hook

You Only Got One Second to Save the Song

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Kara discusses the rap challenge and how the competition differs from real-life.

When I first heard that the contestants would have to rap for their hook challenge, I thought to myself. . .WEIRD.

I don't really see any of them writing hit rap songs for a living. But if you think about it, many of today's big rappers like Lil Wayne and T.I. are responsible for huge pop songs. I also think this generation of songwriters has been influenced by rap as it has become more mainstream -- that's why the songs today are so conceptual. Rap has definitely influenced storytelling in modern day mainstream music. However, it was a bit strange (and funny) to see Johnny and Jackie's rap moves :)

Breaking out of your comfort zone is a useful exercise in writing and in life. Ultimately I thought the contestants did a good job, but Jackie's song failed because it lacked any real truth; it was unrelatable. I think you can be funny but still deep and universal. She needed to tell us why she wanted to be a "Super Duper Rapper" and her motivation should have come from a real life experience. The other two songs were rooted in emotion and truth and that's why they excelled. I also loved the melody of "Walk Through Walls" (that was Scotty's) and thought incorporating opera was a brilliant move.

It was tough to watch some of the contestants bash each other on this episode. I don't like to see people cry or have their character attacked. When we filmed the episode, Jewel and I had no idea what was really happening behind the scenes. These types of actions definitely color and affect your perception of a person. I am glad I was unaware at the time as I probably would have been swayed toward and against certain contestants. This is the part of the show that does not emulate real life -- if people don't get along, they just don't work together again. The contestants should take a lesson from Jes and Johnny, it seems a love-fest produces a better result.