City Slang: Detroit emcees prepare to do battle

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On October 28, St. Andrew’s in Detroit will play host to Red Bull EmSee, an invitation-only freestyle emcee battle. Bun B will host, and the judges will be Royce da 5’9”, Denaun Porter of D12 and Trick Trick. DJ Dez of Slum Village will DJ. Doors open at 9 p.m. and cover is $8 in advance or $12 at the door.

Red Bull EmSee is an invitation-only battle series designed to find the best freestyle rappers in the country and give them a national platform to show their skills and earn acclaim,” say the organizers in a press release. “This year’s eight-city tour stops in Detroit on October 28 at St. Andrew's Hall. The winner of the Detroit qualifier will advance to the finals in Atlanta next month where he'll vie for the national championship and an opportunity to record with a headlining producer of his choice.”

”Red Bull EmSee’s innovative battle format challenges emcees to bring the true freestyle spirit back by adding a twist to the conventional head-to-head clash,” they add. “ During the competition, emcees are posed with a variety of challenges designed to showcase their technique, creativity and dexterity. In addition to spitting flows over beats and a cappella, emcees are challenged to come up with hard-hitting verses straight off the dome based on visual cues and inspirations.”

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