RED BULL EMSEE NATIONAL TOUR KICKS OFF WITH FIRST REGIONAL QUALIFIER IN LOS ANGELES, JUNE 9
Hosted by rapper Bun B with special performances by judges Kurupt, Chali 2na and MC Supernatural
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. This year’s 8-city tour begins in Los Angeles on June 9 at the Echoplex with The Trill OG: Bun B playing master of ceremonies. West Coast rap legends Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5/Ozomatli) and the legendary MC Supernatural will be doing double duty as judges and performers while DJ Inka One spins labels on the turntables throughout the night. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 9pm / show at 10pm / 18+. The winner of the LA qualifier will advance to the finals in Atlanta this fall where he'll vie for the national championship and an opportunity to record with a headlining producer of his choice. West Coast MCs will have one more chance to represent on the mic when the Red Bull Emsee tour hits Seattle on July 28. Event information and complete tour schedule will be announced on redbullusa.com/emsee.
THE “SEE” IN EMSEE
Red Bull Emsee’s innovative battle format challenges MCs to bring the true freestyle spirit back by adding a twist to the conventional head-to-head clash. During the competition, MCs are posed with a variety of challenges designed to showcase their technique, creativity and dexterity. In addition to spitting flows over beats and A capella, MCs are challenged to come up with hard-hitting verses straight off the dome based on visual cues and themes text messaged to screen by the judges and audience.
"The format of the challenge forces you to stick to the true essence of freestyling, which I think gives it freshness and definite authenticity,” said reigning Red Bull Emsee National Champion, Fowl.