The latest round of Red Bull’s nationwide Emsee freestyle battle series will be held in our very own back yard in Greensboro on Thursday August 5th. Featuring myself holding down the decks and a very special performance by EPMD, this one is not to be missed. This won’t be your typical freestyle battle, the ante has been upped and participants will be put on the spot throughout. Check the official description from Red Bull for the details:
Red Bull EmSee: The Road to 8 Mile is a freestyle rap battle of sight and sound, driven and spearheaded by the freestyle master himself, Eminem. The national series will make its stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday, August 5 where North Carolinaâ€™s top lyricists will compete head-to-head for the title of best emcee. This invitation-only competition has a unique format that challenges the rapper to bring their game face to the chopping block and take it back to basics.
Emcees will not only battle against each other but also the clock and their mindâ€™s eye when they are tested to create the sickest flows they can with on-the-spot based spontaneous cues. In this elimination style competition, the emcees will be judged based on three rounds, each with different challenges. In the first round, emcees will be tested on their versatility and speed as theyâ€™re given five images at random to base their freestyles on. The winners from that round will have to keep on their toes for round two as theyâ€™ll rap about themes that are texted in by the judges and the live audience to a screen. And the two who prove themselves above the rest and make it to the final round, will go head-to-head in a tradition freestyle battle.
â€œIâ€™m looking for somebody to stand out, to be unique and to say the sickest, most ridiculous, most retarded s#%! you can say, something that makes somebody want to quit,â€ explained Eminem. To hear what else he has to say about the contest check out:Red Bull Emsee: The Road to 8 Mile.
117 South Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
Thursday, August 5, 2010
8:00pm â€“ Doors Open
18 and up, free and open to the public
And here, Eminem speaks on what he thinks it will take to win the battles, and explains his excitement for the finals which he will judge:
We hand selected 7 of the participants and the 8th will be selected by prelminary battles on 102 Jamz in Greensboro. This is going to be an epic event, make sure you’re there!