Red Bull EmSee: The Road to 8 Mile is a freestyle rap battle of sight and sound, curated and directed by Eminem. The national battle series will make its third stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 20 and will feature top lyricists competing head-to-head for the honor of being named the illest freestyle MC in Philadelphia.

This invitation-only competition has a unique format that challenges MCs to revive their true freestyle spirit. Building upon the traditional head-to-head battle by adding an innovative twist, MCs will be tested on the sickest flows they can create on the spot based on spontaneous cues--making it not only a battle against each other but also against the clock and the mind’s eye.

Each round will challenge MCs to be nimble, sharp and witty while dominating the stage. In round one, MCs will showcase their best flows over beats. In round two, their freestyle skills will be further challenged as they rap about themes that are texted to a screen by judges and the live audience. The third and final round is a head-to-head, acapella, take no prisoners battle-to-the-end.

Lyrical prowess during these rounds will advance the most skilled MC to the national finals in Detroit where the national champion will be determined by the one-and-only Eminem. The winning MC walks away with bragging rights and an opportunity to record with a headlining producer at Red Bull Studios.

“I’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,” explained Eminem.

The three rounds will be judged by freestyle innovators Dice Raw (The Roots), Mad Skills, Dres the Beatnik and EMPD, who will also give a special performance. The show will be hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze.

Tickets are $10 at the door or via Ticketmaster.

Trocadero Theater
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Doors open at 9:00 p.m., Show starts at 10:00 p.m.

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