Eminem Presents the EmSee Competition

Long before he was one of the most revered MCs in the game, Eminem made his name by battling other aspiring rappers. Now, he’s giving up and coming MCs the chance to make a name for themselves in a similar way with his new competition, Red Bull EmSee: The Road to 8 Mile, kicking off on Monday, June 21 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.

There will be three rounds testing the contestants’ skills. The first will have the MCs rapping over beats; in the second, they must flow about topics that are texted by judges and the live audience and appear on a large screen; the final head-to-head round will involve the MCs spitting acapella.

“I’m looking for somebody to stand out, to be unique and to say the sickest, most ridiculous, most retarded shit you can say, something that makes somebody want to quit,” explained Em.

The judges for the battle will include Just Blaze, The Alchemist, and Craig G. The competition will next head to San Francisco on July 16), Philadelphia on July 20, Orlando on July 29, Atlanta on August 3, Greensboro on August 5 and Houston on August 12, before culminating at Detroit’s St. Andrews Hall on August 26, where Em will decide the national champ.

For more information on the event, visit redbullusa.com/EmSee. —Adam Fleischer

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  • these posts are racist

    No Chicago???

    • Cali Is Active

      Chicago? Negro Paleeze!! Ain’t nothing good about chicago but I-94 east up outta that place. Ain’t no rappers there. Chicago….

      • these posts are racist

        Fuck Cali, the West ain’t been relevant since Common called Cube a bitch in LA.

        Chicago doesn’t have rappers? Common? Kanye? Twista? I’ll let the commentors finish the list.

        • these posts are racist

          PS, Cali is inactive, Em lost to Juice, a Chicago rapper!

          And Em is from the midwest, so if we talking coasts, he’s “ours”.

        • KLETEWOOD

          @ TPAR Cube is from LA. Not SF.

          How the fuck can you say Cali is Inactive?

          If Em wants to find someone to stand out. Come to SF. WE SET the TRENDS. WE INVENT THE LINGO.

          —Yokin….Ridikilin…Going MAINEY

          Hands down…Winner comes from the BAY.

          Nor CAL has talent nobody knows about. WE’LL POINT THE LONG BARRELL IN BETWEEN YOUR EYE’S

        • Anonymous

          Im sorry but I gotta ride with the west on the common/ west side connection beef, wsc tore common a new asshole.Common is nice but to me he lost that battle.OH and were is juice now? oh yeah prolly still battlin in the underground.Em came in second place and is still regarded as one of the best battle rappers around and best artists in the game.last i checked 2nd place still aint too band.since he has won many battles and came in second three times, once in chicago to juice once in the rap olympics and once to rhymefest.But still sittin on top of the rap game so I wouldnt say he is doin so bad, So I ask again where is Juice, Rhymefest and the dude he lost to in L.A?

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    • http://myspace.com/Jynxison Jynx

      hell yea thats what i said we straight out the sky and oh so chi ova here , H.P. STAND UP !!!

  • mav

    more battle rap? come on em he should let some people submit trax i would be on that shit battle rappin is mad played out just ask 50 cent

    • Kangol Kid

      You stupid, battle rap is the essence of hip hop. Any dumb fool can do 1,000 takes in his room and record a track – but to do it live infront of people on the spot and you have to FREESTYLE about your opponent…that’s rap.

      • mav

        i been in battles b4 have u? i won a few lost one but to my brother of all people
        but in a contest wit alotta rappers the best emcee(person who can actually make songs) doesnt usually win
        just ask rhymefest he beat eminem… im speakin just from my experience

        • Jamal7Mile

          If that’s UTFO’s Kangol Kid then yeah, he’s been in an epic battle before (LOL, I’m joking but you never know who’s reading and posting here).

          I actually missed the Rhymefest/Em battle. Did Em just have a bad day? Were the judges on some funny shit? What happened?

  • that nigga

    And the punchline is? A record deal, tradin verses with EM? I mean, I didnt read anything about a prize?

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      Lynchings are still popular.

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  • Anonymous

    This is a great way for him to give back to rap by helpin find some real talent out there.People who can really spit.Not like most of the lames being played on current radio.Which I dont think would last the first round in a competition anyway.Hopefully this will turn out right, seein as you have a vet and proven battle mc holding this competition.

  • Worldizmine

    I second that NO CHICAGO?????????

    He scared to come here still!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/the1andonlyicon icon831

    Yeah I agree with mav..The best battle rappers now adays make bad albums. Em is an exception, but it should be about how good of a track someone makes…especially if we all the way in Seattle instead of NY

  • Sha

    Phase two of Shady Records reconstruction has officially begun. This is definitely in line with what he has said in interviews about rebuilding his label. I guess he wants the rawest emcees. I hope he advises his new artist better than he did 50. Freestylers tend to be some thin-skinned individuals. But someone should let him know something…. Dope freestylers don’t make the best industry product(Cannibus). If his goal is to just have a Rawkus type label, this would be awesome. But if he’s looking to move units, this will only go as far as the back-ally cypher. Whoever wins will get a “little” shine, but ultimately will be reduced to a novelty act. Matter of fact…. Doesn’t this shit reek of reality t.v.? They even got the token-assed Red Bull sponsorship. I don’t know Em…. Wishing you the best, but don’t know the outcome. Real talk.

  • Anonymous

    FUC* chicago

  • Anonymous

    Man you gotta be stupid if you think he is scared to come to chicago.He is from detroit you do know that right?Just because he lost a battle in Detroit dont mean shit.Look how high he placed in that competition, second place aint to bad.

  • Anonymous

    OOps I meant lost a battle in Chicago. but still you know what Im sayin.

  • AZ40

    Is this gonna be televised or put on the net, where can we see it?

  • Jamal7Mile

    You cats in Chicago should come up to St. Andrews on August 26th. Chicago and Detroit are like siblings. I don’t know the contest rules yet, but other contests have bypassed residential requirements before. The drive ain’t that bad.

    Also, this contest has a good format as far as being able to freestyle-freestyle on the spot. We need to be reminded that being a gifted emcee isn’t simple as 1-2-3. It’s still an art form and either you got it or you don’t. Excellent way to filter out some of that (?) that seems to be the current trend today.

    I believe that battles like this should be consumed LIVE for the best effect, as opposed to ending up on wax so that the industry can fumble the ball. Co-signing Kangol Kid, some things just don’t translate well unless it’s happening THAT second. Doesn’t matter if you record it, Tweet it, take a picture – some things are better live. If you miss it…you miss it.

    • these posts are racist


      What up, shout out to Detroit, I lived there for a minute homey. Cats are missing my point. Chi and Detorit are siblings.

      • Jamal7Mile

        TPAR, whatupdoe?! Shout out to ChiTown! That’s the truth about our towns being siblings. Going waaay back when, if the streets got too hot for a Detroit hustler (hitman, dealer, bank robber) he moved to Chicago, and vice-versa, until things cooled down. And that’s just one tiny example of the sibling support.

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Damn, this sounds dope. This is what hip hop needs nowadays as this is the heart of it. I give praise to the emcees that can just think up of the craziest things to say (as well as make it rhyme). The most I can do is do some nursery-rhyme ish when I try; I’m better at penning ish. Hope this is televised!

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    Damn…I haven’t battle rapped in 5 years lol. But me personally I love songwriting. I can plan out my thoughts and say the most sickest illest shit. Battling used to give me a headache I was thinking so fucking hard lol…but good luck to Em :)

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  • Detroit

    cant wait for all of this to go down.

  • red orvil

    I heard xxls very own comment freestyle spitter Clifton Fermi is going in hard on this, I can’t wait to see him in that second round, not just Belle calling him the nicest beast.

  • thabeastwithin

    2 all u dumb ass niggas talkin that super dumb shit about Chi not havin spitters, EAT A MUTHAFUCKIN DICK W/ AIDS ON THE TIP! nigga we got top notch niggas in the industry AND we murderin most other cities underground scene. u goofies done lost yall fuckin minds… smh.. Chicago aint got spitters. shout out Detroit cuz they some of the only other niggas i hear makin dope shit

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  • /\/athan

    if clifton fermi is in it im betting ten large on the man hes ferocious

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  • ghidorah

    I’m glad there’s a contest beyond battle rapping, even though that’s Clifton Fermis forte, I think he’s still going to give that competition a nuclear winter.

  • sam II

    I saw Clifton Fermi do an impromptu set when the opening act was going to be three hours late at the Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center.

    The man was unknown to most but by the end of two songs he had the place waving their arms like crazy. Man is crazy on the mic, I hope he wins the EmSee Competition.

  • divadarlin82

    i saw dat clifton fermi battle murda mook in the park after like five rounds back and forth murda mook spit bars from the first verse of his song hustlers anthem and i guess clifton did his homework and rapped the second verse of mooks song on his turn lol people gave the win to murda mook cause they didn’t get it and they said his lines were weak when he was spitting mooks bars lol i didnt get it till a friend told me what he had done

    he didnt even try to explain or get salty he just smiled after the lose and left lol him and mook knew he secretly had won lol i hope he owns this comp.

  • El Tico Loco

    Smells like a reality show.

  • mp7

    i never thought clifton fermi would join something as glitzy as this but if he does no doubt hes going to win

  • Black Benji

    no doubt clifton fermi has mic skills but im more of a fan of his maroon murcielago, thing is a beauty

  • raDioVine

    it will be a stretch if clifton fermi wins if he enters, he smacked the shit outta binzer from crazytown and thats alan mamans boy


    I wonder if Iron Solomon will participate, dude is ill as fuck.If you aint heard of him check his youtube videos.He is a decent spitter too I heard him on a track with a couple other underground battle mcs and the song was good.

    • 2scripted

      iron solomon has been caught spitting the same bars at multiple shows, he aint bad dont get me wrong, just i doubt hed win with eminem looking for uniqueness

  • tone e

    pretty sure clifton got his third strike guys doubt hes going to be in any competition any time soon

  • jamila

    clifton? nah, just saw him getting some eats at Mo Gridders last week

  • Яeverses

    clifton is currently working with lester fernandez from the beatnuts in some education charities, he rarely does anything for profit in his pocket or exposure so i doubt hes going to enter the competition, having said that if he does enter he will no doubt tear it up

  • @Fuck Cali

    Haha are you serious? East aint got SHIT. Harlem?? Brooklyn?? Ha ha. (Ait respect 2 Staten Isl)


  • Above Commentor

    How articulate…

  • frize-o

    sure hes got great freestyles and is a monster on the court but the funniest shit i saw was when clifton auctioned off two t pain chains he snatched right on the streets and then put a few bums in the alley up in a hotel for a week lol dude is funny

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  • http://www.spitboss.com KLAP215

    Real Emces only! Iron Solomon, Maff Haffa, Joey Jihad, Reed Dollaz, Kaboom, Shelliano, ReignMan, Mook etc

  • Cure your Klap

    Those are far from real Mcs, and I’ve heard them before and I wasn’t impressed, I hope there are some hidden gems that amuse the fans in this. Iron Solomon writes and bites like crazy, if I hear him enter and get through rounds with the same shit you can see him spit in like three battles word for word I’ll shut that shit off.

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ these posts are racist…Chicago…lol.

    LOL @ the dork that is iron solomon winning something like this. That is just wrong on so many levels.

  • cdr cookout

    i cant wait for the topic battle, id much rather see some dope freestyles than rehashed battle rap

    (i was unaware clifton fermi was known by so many and such a positive influence, but for what hes secretly done for the boroughs throughout ny is just beyond generous)

  • Shawn cee

    Youtube . If it’s not the shit to you Il quit rapping. My version of Pretty boy swag, Grown Simba, Etc. Search Codkingz and scroll to the bottom.

  • To CodKingz

    You aren’t that bad, got some decent lyrics, I’d work on your delivery and put a lot more enthusiasm into it, you look afraid to really speak up, you look young so you got time to sharpen it up. Good luck in the future.

  • DaffyDillinger

    Damn, wish they were bringin this to KCMO! I would Kill IT!!! (Probably not) No but I would at least try if they were coming. Cool they’re doing that though.

  • princess poiliot

    clifton fermi is not a part of this :(