Red Bull’s EmSee battle rap competition will be headed to Seattle at the end of the month. Hosted by Bun B, the tournament will be judged by West Coast rappers Too $hort, Casual of Hieroglyphics and Crooked I of Shady Records crew Slaughterhouse—who will all also perform at the event.
The invitation-only battle series searches for the best freestyle rappers in the country. In a series of challenges designed to weed out the weak, contestants rap over beats and acappella, respond to visual cues and generally showcase their “technique, creativity and dexterity.”
The finals will take place this fall in Atlanta, where the winner will receive the opportunity to record with a top producer of their choice.
After this round, the contest will make stops in Philadelphia, Houston, Boston, Detroit and Miami. The Seattle stop will take place on July 28 at The Crocodile. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here. —Lauren Carter