This season forget American Idol! Showtime Television and Interscope Records are looking for America’s hottest MC. On November 14th the six part-hip hop docu-drama following the battle as hundreds of MC’s fight to become the “next” top rapper. The show will be hosted by Xzibit with guest appeareances from 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Russell Simmons and Kool Moe Dee. The series will end with a final showdown in Los Angeles with a winner takes all freestyle battle. For a sneak peak here are a lists of the six nominees who will make it to the final battle.
NAME / AGE: Kimani Graham, 22
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? War! Destroying someone! Embarrassing people! I have to hurt your feelings. You better be ready to cry or fight!
NAME / AGE: Jimmy Hill, 28
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Battling rapping is just trying to
embarrass somebody by the lyrics you spit. Just going after them on some whatever.
NAME / AGE: Blake Harris, 18
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Rapping verses that are better than your opponent’s.
NAME / AGE: Lawrence Phillips, 23
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Freestylin’ with another MC and crushing him non-stop — that’s my favorite thing to do.
NAME / AGE: Jeron Thomas, 22
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Battling is surviving. Everything is a
battle. So battling another rapper is natural. It’s all a competition
NAME / AGE: Anthony Austin, 22
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Going into a zone. Ripping any artist,
rapper or labelist to nothing.
NEW YORK, NY
NAME / AGE: Tonjia Williams, 26
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? A battle is a lyrical war between MC’s to determine who’s the best.
NAME/ AGE: Sean George,24
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Time to murder.
LOS ANGELES, CA
NAME / AGE: Christopher Lanier, 20
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? I think it’s another facet of hip-hop and it keeps you on your toes.
NAME / AGE: Reginald Bruner, 27
WHAT DOES BATTLING MEAN TO YOU? Battling is a contest of rhymes. Although it’s a good way for an MC to sharpen his or her skills, it has become so watered down these days with nonsense punchlines and bag-rapping. It hardly is a good indicator of a good MC. Just one facet.