A winner was chosen in the Tuesday, August 17 Atlanta segment of the Red Bull EmSee: Road to 8 Mile competition. What’s next? The emcee will see Em. Yes, Marshall Mathers himself is a judge for the finals taking place on August 25 in Detroit. Bun B, Don Cannon and last year’s EmSee battle winner, Manchild, judged some of ATL’s finest in three rounds of made up of 60-second spots.
Here’s what went down. The full list of competitors is as follows:
Round 1 – Rhyme by Pictures
Each person was shown a series of five unrelated images. The challenge was to remember all of them and incorporate each, even after they were removed from view. Everything from food, drink, famous people, historical landmarks and even animals flashed on the large screens for several seconds. Call it hip-hop concentration.
4Ize vs. StaHHr
While 4Ize spit some solid rhymes, StaHHr was the only person in the entire round to include all images in her rhymes.
Winner – StaHHr
Carter Deems vs. Fattman
Carter Deems literally hit the stage with a backpack. He was kind of offbeat and so was his flow. A shirtless Fattman didn’t even shake Deems’ hand. Deems was deemed unfit for the next round.
Unanimous winner – Fattman
Me…That’s Who vs. KP
Me…That’s Who, who borrowed his moniker from a Flavor Flav lyric, bagged this one.
Unanimous winner – Me…That’s Who
DT vs. Headkrack
Both dudes got kind of wild, but Headkrack’s skills matched his energy level.
Unanimous winner –Headkrack
Round 2 –Words on Cue
The stakes were raised for the next set as each emcee had to add a series of unusual words and phrases to their rhymes, which appeared seconds apart on each of the screens. There were 15 words total.
StaHHr vs. Fattman
This one was tricky. Interestingly, StaHHr used all the words in their proper contexts, but it wasn’t enough to wow the judges.
Unanimous winner – Fattman
Me…That’s Who vs. Headkrack
Me…That’s Who seemed to have lost his identity in this round, since he did not connect with the audience or the judges.
Unanimous winner – Headkrack
An intermission with a performance from D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik moved the crowd before the final round. He did a human percussion set that included everything from Audio Two’s “Top Billin’” to a hip-hop version of the Golden Girls theme. Wow!
Round 3 – Face Off
Fattman vs. Headkrack
This round was done in two parts – first with a beat and then a cappella.
Fattman spit a few good lines, but Headkrack got the loudest cheers.
Before the official judges’ decision, Bun B hit the stage. He did songs from his new album, Trill OG, and a medley of hits including “Get Throwed” and “Big Pimpin’” – where he posthumously honored his partner in rhyme, Pimp C, by performing his verse.
Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for. By a unanimous decision, Headkrack was declared the winner. The Bronx by way of Dallas emcee is en route to Detroit. Check here for more updates.
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