The Red Bull EmSee competition format puts a spin on the traditional rap battle by providing random prompts and cues on screens that the MCs needed to hit in each of their flows, challenging them to truly spit rhymes off-the-dome.
On a night filled with piercing punch lines and witty lyrics; MCs Surgeon General, Vers, LMS, Headcrack, Dirty Dem, 4ize and Issac came prepared to knock down their competition but Jonny Storm came with the winning punches.
He’ll advance to the Red Bull EmSee national finals in Atlanta next month. Last night’s battle, was hosted by hip-hop legend, Bun B. M1 of Dead Prez, Royce Da 5’9” of Eminem’s Shady Records label and Miami’s own Wrekonize served as judges for the night and entertained the crowd with special performances in between rounds. DJ Entice kept the beats bumpin’ throughout the show.
Jonny Storm Rains on Miami
Winner Jonny Storm explained tonight’s EmSee battle, “This is the best experience I’ve had in a long time, the fact that I won makes it even sweeter but overall they always treat you good in these MC competitions.”
In an interesting twist to the evening, Jonny Storm and Surgeon General had previously gone head to head in the 2010 Red Bull EmSee final round, with Jonny Storm being crowned the winner. This year’s competition was so close that the battle went into a crowd-requested overtime, which was granted by Bun B and the other judges.
If Jonny Storm does indeed win the national finals, he will be heading into Red Bull Studios in Santa Monica, CA to work with a producer of his choice from a select panel. The 2011 Red Bull EmSee National Finals will be hosted in Atlanta in December. For more event information, visit: redbull.com/RedbullEmSee.
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