In anticipation of EA Sports' upcoming video game Fight Night Round 4, which hits stores on June 25, has linked up with the powerhouse videogame company for an exclusive online rap battle. will be taking submissions starting today (June 16) until June 23 from aspiring battle rappers. The XXL staff will then select 16 MCs from the pack to duke it out online for a chance to win the title and the prize: a write-up in XXL magazine as well as receive a gift package from EA Sports.

MCs interested in being a part of the battle can send an email to with two tracks that they feel best showcases their battle rap skills. That's two tracks, folks, not three, four, or five and so on... Make sure you send the actual MP3s and not links to the tracks or your MySpace page. If you do not follow entry rules you will be disqualified from the competition.

The first showdown is set to premiere on the site on July 6. Fans will pick the winner and who will advance to the next round and there will be four rounds total. The final battle, which will determine who will be crowned champion, will take place on July 24.

For more information on the contest visit starting tomorrow. – Elan Mancini

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